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WHEELER, S.: Construction of Boston (The)

WHEELER, S.: Construction of Boston (The)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Boston Cecilia Orchestra


Teeters, Donald


Sharla Nafziger

Soloist

Marcus DeLoach

Soloist

Krista River

Soloist

Christopheren Nomura

Soloist

Charles Blandy

Soloist

Christine Swistro

Soloist

Elizabeth Anker

Soloist

Boston Cecilia Chorus



Venue:

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, USA



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 59:09
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SCOTT WHEELER

 

The Construction of Boston

 
1 Overture 4:17
 Sharla Nafziger Soloist
     
2 Prologue: I am the Opera, here to explain myself (Opera) 5:47
 Christine Swistro Soloist
     
 

KENNETH KOCH

3 Hello, Sam (Henry, Sam) 3:49
 Christopheren Nomura Soloist
     
4 You speak of one men are not fit to know (The Spirit of Boston) 1:25
 Marcus DeLoach Soloist
     
5 Sea Interlude I 0:49
 Christopheren Nomura Soloist
     
6 Primeval Pastoral - How strange! What freshness steals across my brow (Chorus) 2:32
 Sharla Nafziger Soloist
     
 

SCOTT WHEELER

7 Song: How happy I am now, fat as a cow (Beacon Hill) - The light summer day (Chorus) 0:56
 Christopheren Nomura Soloist
     
8 Hail Populator (Chorus, Rauchenberg) 1:19
 Charles Blandy Soloist
     
 

KENNETH KOCH

9 Dark afternoons in Autumn (Chorus) 1:18
 Sharla Nafziger Soloist
     
 

SCOTT WHEELER

10 I'd almost swear that I can hear the weather (Narrator, Storm, Noon, Dawn, Rauschenberg, Chorus, Moonlight) 3:53
 Christopheren Nomura Soloist
     
 

KENNETH KOCH

11 And now I have to stock the city up with people (Rauschenberg, Chorus) 2:05
 Sharla Nafziger Soloist
     
 

SCOTT WHEELER

12 Veni Tinguely Spiritus: Tinguely, Spirit of the Air (Chorus) - I am arrived! (Tinguely) 1:20
 Christopheren Nomura Soloist
     
13 Ah, what a lovely layout you have here! (Tinguely, Chorus) 1:28
 Sharla Nafziger Soloist
     
14 But now we need more space! (Tinguely) 2:19
 Marcus DeLoach Soloist
     
15 Boston, all that I can say is, it's grand to be a bay! (Back Bay) - Now you're the town (Chorus) 3:03
 Krista River Soloist
     
 

KENNETH KOCH

16 Bay Bay, you're lucky (Tinguely) - Oh hear, how that noise (Chorus) 0:59
 Elizabeth Anker Soloist
     
 

SCOTT WHEELER

17 Sea Interlude II 0:50
 Marcus DeLoach Soloist
     
 

KENNETH KOCH

18 Fairest Tinguely, we the Wharfs (Wharf Chorus, Tinguely, Water Chorus) 2:37
 Krista River Soloist
     
 

SCOTT WHEELER

19 See how the smiling city take its shape (Chorus, Rauschenberg, Niki) 2:08
 Christopheren Nomura Soloist
     
 

KENNETH KOCH

20 What this town needs is beauty (Niki, Tinguely) 2:11
 Christopheren Nomura Soloist
     
21 Men say she has a magic pistol (Chorus, Niki) 1:45
 Krista River Soloist
     
 

SCOTT WHEELER

22 I bring beauty and detail (Niki) 2:08
 Marcus DeLoach Soloist
     
23 She'll shoot up the city (Chorus) 0:47
 Sharla Nafziger Soloist
     
 

KENNETH KOCH

24 And now, at last, my time is past (Niki) 1:39
 Sharla Nafziger Soloist
     
 

SCOTT WHEELER

25 We who feel our new creation (Chorus, Niki) 3:17
 Christopheren Nomura Soloist
     
 

KENNETH KOCH

26 Niki, all this city's Buildings (Tinguely, Rauschenberg, Niki) 1:09
 Marcus DeLoach Soloist
     
27 Now, citizens, sunset cover you (Niki, Tinguely, Rauschenberg) 3:19
 Charles Blandy Soloist
 Teeters, Donald


 The Boston Cecilia’s concert performance of Scott Wheeler’s one-act opera on 1st April, 2007, in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, was hailed with a Boston Globe headline: “CONSTRUCTION OF BOSTON is a love note to the city”. Drawing on a cast of brilliant, young, mostly Boston-based vocal artists, a chorus of established reputation in music old and new, and an outstanding orchestra comprised of first rank professional instrumentalists, Wheeler’s witty, first foray into the operatic genre got a brilliant reading under the baton of veteran conductor Donald Teeters: “Teeters led everything with remarkable sensitivity to both text and architecture” (Boston Phoenix).

 

 "This is a performance of what the composer Scott Wheeler believes to be the final version of his work The Construction of Boston. It is a sort of opera/masque/dramatic cantata. The text of the work is based on was written by the poet Kenneth Koch in 1962 (Koch referred to Wheeler’s piece as "a postmodern baroque opera"). Wheeler’s first setting was premiered in 1989 in a concert performance before being staged in a reduced format in 1990 (the Prologue was added for this staging). The first full staging was in February 2002, and it is this that represents the final version of the piece. …The piece addresses the problems that the construction of a city poses, especially in relation to the nature it replaces... William Hite is a confident tenor lead, whether delivering the ruminations of the Prologue or the more lyric lines ("Bay, bay, you’re lucky," track 16, is a good case in point). Henry and Sam (taken by tenor Charles Blandy and baritone Marcus Deloach, respectively) are evenly matched and eloquent. Krista River has a strong, almost contralto-like low register; Sharla Nafziger sings the marvelously named Niki de St. Phalle, the bringer of beauty. And it is, indeed, the passages prefacing her entry and at that entrance itself, that Wheeler’s writing actually becomes identifiably beautiful (the silvery orchestration of track 20, "What this town needs is beauty," prepares us for Niki’s "I bring beauty and detail"). Diction throughout is exemplary from all concerned, including from the excellent chorus (for example the "Primeval Pastorale" and, later, at the brief chorus "She’ll shoot up the city"). Christopheren Nomura, as the "Populator" Rauschenberg, produces a lovely, rounded tone.

 Overall this is, in keeping with the spirit of the score, a most commendable ensemble effort.
 
Colin Clarke - Fanfare - September 2008

 "...an engaging one-hour work, a thoroughly original libretto, and a polished performance."

 
Carlton Wilkinson - New Music Connoisseur - December 2008
 



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