Travel with me to Linz, for the premiere of Bill Bolcom’s opera McTeague! In this episode of American Highways, we fly to Austria with pianist Guy Livingston to hear William Bolcom’s opera McTeague, in its European premiere.
Guy talks with conductor Dennis Russell Davies, publisher Evan Hause, and Bill Bolcom himself. Is this tragic opera Dadaist? Or a darker version of Broadway? Or a new genre?
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #39 WILLIAM BOLCOM in LINZ
Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.
William Bolcom, composer; Arnold Weinstein, librettist.
Excerpts from the opera McTeague:
from Act I: Party Scene
from Act I: Gold Can Kill You
from Act II: Dead Men
Linz Bruckner Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
7. Chôro (Homage to Nazareth) (3:38)
8. Paseo (4:59)
9. Valse Venezolano (4:14)
Susan & Sarah Wang, pianists.
I. Allegro inquieto – Non troppo presto (7:23)
II. Adagio semplice (7:56)
III. Allegro assai – Steady tempo, but uneasy (3:05)
Norman Fischer, cellist; and Jeanne Kierman Fischer, pianist.
William Bolcom composer; Mark Campbell, librettist
3. Duet: I Do Not Know Her Name (3:06)
4. Duet: Okay, I Think I Have A Plan (1:31)
sung by Paul Appleby, Sasha Cooke, Steven Blier, Michael Barrett, and Patrick Mason.
BRIDGE RECORDS 9299 A/6