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Consul

G.C. Menotti Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Disc 1:

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listen  1. The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, John, Magda, Mother) 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Quick, John! The Police! (Mother, Magda, Police Agent) 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Don't move yet (Magda, Mother, John) 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Now, O lips, say goodbye (Magda, Mother, John) 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Interlude 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Yes ? What can I do for you? (Secretary, Mr Kofner) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Next! (Secretary, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner) 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Hello. Oh! It's you! (Secretary, Magda) 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Consul: Act I Scene 2: I beg your pardon, Madam (Magician, Vera Boronel, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner) 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Consul: Act II Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, Mother, Magda) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Consul: Act II Scene 1: I shall find for you shells and stars (Mother) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Consul: Act II Scene 1: John, John, why did you bring me ? (Magda, John, Mother) 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Consul: Act II Scene 1: It is the signal! (Magda, Mother, Police Agent, Assan) 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Consul: Act II Scene 1: Mother, why are you so still, Mother! (Magda, Mother) 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Consul: Act II Scene 1: Interlude 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. The Consul: Act II Scene 2: What did you say your name was? (Secretary, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner, Magda, Magician) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Consul: Act II Scene 2: My charming Ma'moiselle (Magician, Secretary, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner, Magda, Foreign Woman)10:51Album Only
listen  3. The Consul: Act II Scene 2: Any news for me? (Magda, Secretary) 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Consul: Act II Scene 2: To this we've come (Magda, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner, Secretary) 8:43Album Only
listen  5. The Consul: Act II Scene 2: You're being very unreasonable, Mrs Sorel! (Secretary, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner) 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Consul: Act III Scene 1: How often must I tell you, Mrs Sorel (Secretary, Vera Boronel, Assan, Magda) 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Don't forget to sign (Secretary, Vera Boronel, Magda, Assan) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Oh, those faces! All those faces! (Secretary) 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Who are you? How did you get in? (Secretary, John) 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Consul: Act III Scene 1: You cannot arrest him here (Secretary, Police Agent, John)0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Don't be afraid, Mr Sorel! (Secretary) - Interlude 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Consul: Act III Scene 2: I never meant to do this (Magda) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Consul: Act III Scene 2: Lo, Death's frontiers are open (Foreign Woman, Anna Gomez, Secretary, Vera Boronel, Mother, John, Mr Kofner, Magda, Voice, 7:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Consul: Act III Scene 2: No! Wait! Wait! ? I'm coming with you (Magda, Mother, John, Magician, Others) 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00000I9A6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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They don't make Broadway composers like opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti anymore. His 1950 hit The Consul is a cold war parable fusing Puccini-esque melodic sweep, the dark underbelly of Alban Berg's lurid expressionism, and pure, unadulterated film noir. Don't expect subtlety. Be captivated, instead, by Menotti's prodigious melodic gift and his ability to stage-manage vocal polyphony for optimum theatrical effect. Small wonder singers love this music, and Susan Bullock, who plays the heroine Magda, makes every note and word count. Likewise, Richard Hickox galvanizes his Spoleto forces to give their all in this excellently recorded live performance from the 1998 Spoleto Festival. The audience goes wild, and rightly so. Full texts are included. --Jed Distler

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE AMERICAN OPERA January 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
One of the finest American operas ever written, Gian Carlo Menotti's THE CONSUL is particularly pertinent today composed as it was around a story of a woman fighting unknown forces who want to destroy her for unknown reasons. The protagonist, Magda Sorel, tries logic, patience, brave denounciations, abject begging but in the end nothing works because her enemies simply do not think and reason as she does.
Magda's character is very much in the mold of Leonore in Beethoven's "Fidelio" ready to risk everything in order to save her innocent husband. The Beethoven ends happily with a government official, Don Fernando, coming to Leonore's rescue; there is no happy ending for Magda because she is fighting the government and its officials. She commits suicide rather than face another day of torment.
This Chandos set of 2 CD's has superb sound, especially for a live performance. All of Menotti's operas must be acted as well as sung and this cast is uniformly first rate, especially Susan Bullock as 'Magda' and Victoria Livengood as the mysterious governmental 'Secretary.' Richard Hickox is the conductor of the superb Spoleto Festival Orchestra. The Spoleto Festival is, of course, the brainchild of Menotti, himself. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great recording!! June 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I admit I was glad beyond belief to actually find a recording of this rarely performed/recorded opera. It is an excellent buy for a live recording, and the singers (most, if not all of them are unknown to me) exceed my expectations in terms of their interpretation and quality of performance. Susan Bullock, although not quite the dramatic voice I was hoping for, does a great job in potraying Magda. She is accompanied by a musically effective cast, and is rightly applauded by the audience in the most appropriate moments. If you're looking for one of the best American operas ever recorded, this is it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful work! November 11, 2001
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As a student of opera, I found this work to be incredibly inspiring and entertaining. Menotti is one of my favorite composers and is becoming more so every day. Not only is the opera wonderful but the cast on this CD is remarkable. My collection would not be complete without it.
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