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TR 1486
The Mother of Us All

The Mother of Us All

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014


Artists:

Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater

Orchestra

Steven Osgood

Conductor

Record Label
Albany Records

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Total Time - 111:36
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The Mother of Us All

     
 

VIRGIL THOMSON

     


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The Mother of Us All, Act I

 
1 Scene I, "Yes, I was" 6:03
2 Scene II, "Pity the poor persecutor" 15:22
3 Scene III, "It is cold weather 6:11
4 Scene IV, "I do not know" 9:36
5 Scene V, "Will they remember?" 13:03
     
     
     


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The Mother of Us All, Act II

 
1 Scene I, "Susan B, they want you 11:19
2 Scene II, "Oh, it was wonderful" 12:32
3 Scene III, "The vote!" 19:05
     
 

The Mother of Us All Suite

 
4 Prelude 5:53
5 Cold Weather 3:14
6 A Political Meeting 3:15
7 Hymns 6:03
     
 Steven Osgood Conductor


Long overdue, this recording of Virgil Thomson’s 1947 opera with libretto by Gertrude Stein by the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, makes a major American opera available. The opera, commissioned by the Alice A. Ditson Fund, tells the story of Susan B. Anthony, but Stein’s approach mixes real and fictional characters from different historical periods. Premiered at Columbia University, the opera impressed the distinguished audience and press, but neither of New York’s major opera companies took on the work. Thomson’s music, a continuation of his style of making text come alive through natural inflections and sparing instrumental supports, is suggestive of its American theme with fanfares, political songs, Salvation Army-style marches and parlor songs.

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