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RUDERS: Handmaid's Tale (The)

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release date: March 2011


Artists:

Royal Danish Orchestra


Schonwandt, Michael


Poul Elming

Soloist

Anne Margrethe Dahl

Soloist

Djina Mai-Mai

Soloist

Gert Henning-Jensen

Soloist

Lise-Lotte Nielsen

Soloist

Susanne Resmark

Soloist

Ulla Kudsk Jensen

Soloist

Royal Danish Opera Chorus



Venue:

Royal Danish Theatre



Record Label
Dacapo

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Total Time - 143:49
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Tjenerindens Fortaelling (The Handmaid's Tale)

 
1 Symposium Prologue (2195 AD) (Offred, Handmaids) 5:12
 Gert Henning-Jensen Soloist
2 The Red Centre Prelude, Scene 1: The Classroom (Lydia, Handmaids, Offred, Janine) 4:30
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
3 The Red Centre Prelude, Scene 2: The Dormitory (Offred, Moira, Janine, Handmaids) 4:08
 Djina Mai-Mai Soloist
4 The Red Centre Prelude, Scene 3: The Classroom (Lydia, Handmaids) 3:24
 Poul Elming Soloist
5 The Red Centre Prelude, Scene 4: The Washroom (Lydia, Offred, Moira, Moira's Aunt) 2:12
 Lise-Lotte Nielsen Soloist
6 The Red Centre Prelude, Scene 5: Graduation in the Assembly Hall (Lydia, Aunts, Handmaids) 3:18
 Lise-Lotte Nielsen Soloist
7 Act I Scene 1: The Wall (Offred) 1:47
 Djina Mai-Mai Soloist
8 Act I Scene 2: The House in the Day (Offred, Serena Joy, Rita) 1:47
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
9 Act I Scene 3: Offred's Bedroom (Offred, Rita, Serena Joy, Luke, The Double) 4:30
 Gert Henning-Jensen Soloist
10 Act I Scene 4A: The Kitchen (Rita, The Double, Moira, Offred) 1:35
 Lise-Lotte Nielsen Soloist
11 Act I Scene 4B: The Walk to the Shops (Offred, Ofglen, Econowives, Handmaids, Guardian) 4:13
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
12 Act I Scene 5: The Wall (Offred, Ofglen) 4:04
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
13 Act I Scene 6: The Doctor (Doctor, Offred) 8:22
 Poul Elming Soloist
14 Act I Scene 7: The House in the Day (Nick, Lydia, Offred's Mother, Luke, The Double, Offred) 6:22
 Gert Henning-Jensen Soloist
15 Act I Scene 8: Offred's Bedroom (Lydia, The Double, Luke, Offred) 3:42
 Gert Henning-Jensen Soloist
16 Act I Scene 9: Joy's Sitting Room (Offred's Mother, The Double, Rita, Offred, Nick, Serena Joy, The Commander, Chorus) - 5:13
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
17 Act I Scene 9 (continued): The Ceremony 0:42
 Djina Mai-Mai Soloist
18 Act I Scene 10: Offred's Bedroom (Nick, Offred) 1:19
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
19 Act I Scene 11: The Red Centre Assembly Hall (Handmaids, Wives, Lydia, Guards, Janine, Moira, Luke, The Double, Warren's Wife) 8:28
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
20 Act I Scene 12: The Commander's Study (The Commander, Offred) 2:10
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
21 Act I Scene 13: Offred's Bedroom (Offred) 0:46
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
   
   


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1 Act II Scene 1: Offred's Bedroom (Rita, Offred) 1:29
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
2 Act II Scene 2: The Study at Night (The Commander, Offred, Nick) 2:29
 Lise-Lotte Nielsen Soloist
3 Act II Scene 3: Joy's Sitting Room (Serena Joy, Offred, The Commander) 1:05
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
4 Act II Scene 4A: The Kitchen (Rita, The Double, Moira, Luke) 1:40
 Gert Henning-Jensen Soloist
5 Act II Scene 4B: The Walk to the Shops (Offred, Ofglen, A Handmaid, Janine / Ofwarren) 6:14
 Djina Mai-Mai Soloist
6 Act II Scene 5: The Wall (Guards, Ofglen, Offred) 1:56
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
7 Act II Scene 6: The House at Night (The Double, Luke, The Commander) 5:30
 Lise-Lotte Nielsen Soloist
8 Act II Scene 7: The Wall (Guard, Luke, Ofglen, Offred) 4:55
 Djina Mai-Mai Soloist
9 Act II Scene 8: The House (Serena Joy, Offred) 1:27
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
10 Act II Scene 9: Offred's Bedroom (Offred, The Double, Lydia) 6:55
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
11 Act II Scene 10: The Study (The Commander, Offred, Nick) 2:40
 Lise-Lotte Nielsen Soloist
12 Act II Scene 11: Jezebel's (The Commander, Offred, The Commander X) 2:24
 Lise-Lotte Nielsen Soloist
13 Act II Scene 12: Jezebel's Restroom (Moira, Offred, A Girl) 1:50
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
14 Act II Scene 13: Jezebel's Bedroom (The Commander, Offred) 1:52
 Djina Mai-Mai Soloist
15 Act II Scene 14: Joy's Sitting Room (Serena Joy, Nick) 0:32
 Susanne Resmark Soloist
16 Act II Scene 15: Offred's Bedroom (Serena Joy, Offred) 1:22
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
17 Act II Scene 15: Offred's Bedroom (continued) (Offred, Nick) 4:52
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
18 Act II Scene 16: The Salvaging (Wives, Handmaids, Lydia, Guards, A Man, Offred, Ofglen) 5:44
 Djina Mai-Mai Soloist
19 Act II Scene 17: The Wall (New Ofglen, Offred) 2:35
 Gert Henning-Jensen Soloist
20 Act II Scene 18: The House (Serena Joy, Offred) 1:26
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
21 Act II Scene 19: Quartet. The House (Offred, Serena Joy, The Commander, Rita, Nick, Eyes) 4:38
 Anne Margrethe Dahl Soloist
22 Act II: Postlude [- Symposium Epilogue (2195 AD)] 2:30
 Ulla Kudsk Jensen Soloist
 Schonwandt, Michael


The Handmaid’s Tale is based on one of the most exciting and disturbing novels of modern times, A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale is a grim futuristic story of a fundamentalist, misogynist society where few people are fertile, and a story of love, power and escape from am extremist right-wing regime. The libretto was written by after the novel and translated into Danish by Poul Ruders. The opera was composed for a large orchestra and organ, with a full opera chorus.

 
The Handmaid’s Tale has been recorded in a collaboration of the three state institutions dacapo, Danmarks Radio and the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen. This is the first time ever that the institutions have cooperated in this way. The Handmaid’s Tale was recorded live over a series of evening performances in the spring of 2000, and this is also the first time in recent years that an opera from the Royal Danish Theatre has been recorded in this way.

                         Best Vocal Recording & Recording of the Year

 
Danish Music Award 2001

"Should keep even people who say they do not like modern opera of the edge of their seats" 
Critic’s Choice Gramophone magazine
 
 
Gramophone Award Nominee 2001 

                    Gramophone Critics’ Choice 
 
"...The cast, among whom there is not a weak link, sing their hearts out, and Michael Schønwandt conveys the kaleidoscopic colours of Ruder’s score with remarkable clarity; the recording is first-class."
 
Gramophone magazine

"I suppose it is not a good thing for a reviewer to be at a loss for words-or at least to admit it. Yet that is exactly how I felt after first listening to The Handmaid’s Tale. It is a profoundly disturbing, profoundly moving story - and now a profoundly disturbing, profoundly moving opera. By its effect on the listener the opera must be counted a success. The recording is first-rate. Rørholm sings solidly, expressively, eliciting our deepest compassions. High marks go to Haugland and Henning-Jensen for their strongly sung characterizations. The large cast is of consistent quality. Schønwandt controls the immense forces with power and sensitivity." 
 
American Record Guide 

 "The Handmaid’s Tale is a work of genius"

 
The Guardian

"This riveting, kaleidoscopic score can now be heard in a Dacapo recording, taken from the premiere performances in Copenhagen … The music is a triumph of stylistic pluralism … The lavish scoring deftly mingles electronic and standard instruments…From the opening moments, when sustained soft, misty, strangely astringent orchestral chords hover in the background while bits and pieces of themes in solo instruments struggle to break out, the music is haunting … But what gives it dramatic richness and rescues the story from Ms. Atwood’s weighty symbolism is Mr. Ruders’s use of musical parody … Mr. Ruders felt that The Handmaid’s Tale was begging for operatic treatment. And in providing one, he freed the story from its sermonizing, something even a 1990 Natasha Richardson could not do." 
 
New York Times

                   Artistic Quality 10       Sound Quality 10

..."The performers are simply stunning..." 

ClassicsToday.com
 

"The Danes may have created a masterpiece of our time" 

 
The Daily Telegraph
 

"The engineering captures the fright and power in Ruder’s music…There’s no better way to be introduced to this provocative opera, short of a DVD, or seeing the actual performance, than this release"
 
Classical Net
 

"Conductor Michael Schønwandt leads a magnetic performance. The Danish singers cope with the extremes of range and dynamics in Ruders’ music. They perform this difficult score with deep commitment."
 
Courier-Post

"This is an example of astounding compositional technique, with a remarkable central performance from Marianne Rørholm as Offred"
 
The Independent on Sunday
 



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