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.
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