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Dove: Siren Song

Palmer , Reed , Siren Ensemble , Dove , Guittart Audio CD

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listen  1. Siren Song: Scene 1: Dear Diana, dear Diana, my name is Davey Palmer (Davey)Brad Cooper 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Siren Song: Scene 1: Davey ? Davey ? (Diana, Davey)Brad Cooper 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Siren Song: Scene 1: You mention you're a sailor (Diana, Davey)Brad Cooper 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Siren Song: Scene 2: I like chocolate, I like shopping (Diana, Davey)Brad Cooper 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Siren Song: Scene 3: Dave Palmer? Jonathan Reed, Diana's brother (Jonathan, Davey)Brad Cooper 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Siren Song: Scene 4: Dear Diana. Dear Diana (Davey, Diana)Brad Cooper 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Siren Song: Scene 4: I dream of a house and a garden (Davey, Diana)Brad Cooper 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Siren Song: Scene 5: Davey, Davey, when I'm your wife? (Diana)Brad Cooper 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Siren Song: Scene 5: Oh! Oh! (Davey, Diana)Brad Cooper 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Siren Song: Scene 6: Hello? Hello? This is Davey (Davey, Jonathan, Wireless Operator)Brad Cooper 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Siren Song: Scene 7: Is she still in hospital? (Davey, Jonathan)Brad Cooper 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Siren Song: Scene 7: Sure, I'll give you an education (Jonathan, Davey)Brad Cooper 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Siren Song: Scene 8: Palmer, it's your ship-to-shore (Regulator, Davey, Jonathan)Brad Cooper 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Siren Song: Scene 9: A dream house, Diana! (Davey, Jonathan)Brad Cooper 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Siren Song: Scene 9: I'm hungry, my feet hurt (Davey, Jonathan)Brad Cooper 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Siren Song: Scene 10: Is she there? (Regulator, Davey)Brad Cooper 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Siren Song: Scene 11: Did you see the flamingos? (Jonathan, Davey)Brad Cooper 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Siren Song: Scene 11: Very soon she'll be with you (Jonathan, Davey)Brad Cooper 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Siren Song: Scene 12: Captain, there's something funny (Regulator, Captain, Jonathan)Brad Cooper 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Siren Song: Scene 12: I love you, Jonathan? (Captain, Regulator, Davey, Jonathan, Diana)Brad Cooper 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Siren Song: Scene 13: Say it again (Davey, Jonathan)Brad Cooper 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Siren Song: Scene 14: Off cap! (Regulator, Davey, Captain)Brad Cooper 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Siren Song: Scene 15: This is Stone (Regulator, Jonathan)Brad Cooper 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Siren Song: Scene 16: I don't believe you (Davey, Captain, Regulator, Jonathan)Brad Cooper 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Siren Song: Scene 17: On the ocean keep a look-out (Davey, Diana)Brad Cooper 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Commissioned by the Almeida Opera, the one-act chamber opera Siren Song is one of the earliest efforts by British composer Jonathan Dove (b. 1959). First offered at the Almeida in 1994, the opera is set in one act of seventeen scenes for a lean complement of five singers and an ensemble of ten instruments. This live recording comes from a summer 2007 revival at the Grachten Festival in Amsterdam.

Librettist Nick Dear adapted the story from the 1992 novel of the same name by British author and newsman Gordon Honeycombe, who quite rightly chose "stranger than fiction" as the subtitle for his book. Based on a true story, Siren Song is about a lonely sailor who answers a personals ad and is soon lured into a long, expensive and humiliating scam: the beautiful lady he believes to be is correspondent is really an unscrupulous man, who wants to trick the sailor out of his money.

A foggy innocence informs much of the piece. Dove's writing is tasteful and dignified. Scenes between the pen pals, Davey and "Diana," build from a sweet longing to a throbbing intensity; the most electric writing in the opera depicts a shopping spree. Hints of a gamelan come through during a later eastern voyage, where there's also a snippet of "Rule Brittania."

Tenor Brad Cooper, as the gullible sailor, sings with youthful vigor and sustained hopefulness. It's tougher to judge the performance of soprano Amaryllis Dieltiens as "Diana": her distant positioning upstage takes her too far from the microphones. The effect does add to the dreaminess of it all, but her diction is so absent that the libretto's raciest bits are lost. In contrast, the robust baritone Mattijs van de Woerd, as Jonathan, the perpetrator and creator of the illusory Diana, has an immediate, commanding presence.

When the scheme is finally revealed, it's through an anticlimactic spoken dialogue. In real life, this sad tale ended with a murder, but here poor Davey just floats back out into a sea of yearning. -- Opera News, Joseph Dalton, November 2008

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 27-MAY-2008

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