• BIS2129 Katalognummer
  • 7318590021293 EAN
  • 1CD Format
  • 2014 Utgivelsesår

Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra | Angus, David (conductor)

Angus, David

Kravitz, David (baritone) | McFerrin, David (baritone) | Abraham, Christine (soprano) | Trainor, Michelle (soprano) | Ferreira, Neal (tenor) | Levine, Samuel (tenor) | Hodgdon, Brett (piano)

MacMillan, James | Schubert, Franz

Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra



Schubert, Franz:
Introduction: Abraham’s chant
Hagar’s Lament: Hagar: Here on a hill of burning sand

MacMillan, James:
Clemency - Scene 1 (Sarah, Abraham)
Abraham’s chant
Duet: What is the measure of our years?

Clemency - Scene 2 (Sarah, Abraham, Travellers)
Abraham: No-one can walk far in this heat
Travellers: Gold has lost its light
Chant of the Travellers; Sarah and Abraham: Who are these angels?
Sarah: Three strangers bring a gift to me

Clemency - Scene 3 (Sarah, Abraham, Travellers, Hagar)
Abraham: Who are you?

Clemency - Scene 4 (Sarah, Abraham, Travellers)
Sarah: And the good?

Clemency - Scene 5 (Sarah)
Sarah’s lament: Months from now

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World Première Recording (live recording of staged performances)

Clemency is the third operatic collaboration between the composer James MacMillan and the poet Michael Symmons Roberts to date – a chamber opera which explores a central but enigmatic episode in the Old Testament: Abraham and Sarah are visited by three mysterious strangers giving them the joyous information that Sarah will bear a child, but also letting them know of their intention to destroy the neighbouring towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. The composer himself has commented that Clemency is set in the present day and ‘is not intended as a Biblical drama in the old Hollywood style. Abraham and Sarah are modern people and they’re visited by three strange but modern figures who, it turns out, have something terroristic about them. There is something of the ancient and the modern in the piece; the ancient, Biblical tale but also the kinds of thing people face today in many parts of the world.’ Composed in 2009-10, Clemency was commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera, together with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Scottish Opera and Britten Sinfonia. For the first U.S. production of the one-act work, Boston Lyric Opera decided, with the approval of the composer and librettist, to introduce the figure of Hagar, servant to Sarah but also the mother of Abraham’s first child, Ishmael. This is done by incorporating a version of Schubert’s early song Hagar’s Lament as a prelude to this opera which challenges us to measure the impact of our lives in a modern world that continues to be marked politically and spiritually by acts of mercy and acts of vengeance.


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