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The Radio Hour (2015)

Initially regarded as a master composer of art songs, Jake Heggie has since become known as perhaps America’s leading contemporary composer of internationally acclaimed operas. We’re treated here to winning examples of both genres: the world premiere recording of the one-act opera, The Radio Hour, commissioned and premiered by Pacific Chorale – as well as four shorter vocal pieces.

The Radio Hour – the world’s first-ever “choral opera” – is a compact work for silent actress, with running narrative and commentary from the choir. The program is rounded out with four mostly art song-based works in varied arrangements, several with choral elements, featuring Susan Graham, one of America’s most beloved mezzo-sopranos.

  1. The Radio Hour, A Choral Opera in One Act (2014)
       • A Really Bad Day
       • Through the Door
       • A New Day
  2. Patterns* (1999)
  3. I Shall Not Live in Vain* (1995, rev. 1998)
  4. He Will Gather Us Around* from Dead Man Walking (solo version, 2000)
  5. He Will Gather Us Around (choral version, 2003)
* Featuring Susan Graham

This recording is not offered on Pacific Chorale's online store, but it may be purchased through Delos, as well as Amazon.com, iTunes and ArkivMusic.

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