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listen  1. Susannah, Act One: Opening MusicCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Susannah, Act One, Scene 1: It's a hot night for dancin'Cheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Susannah, Act One, Scene 1: I am the Reverend Olin BlitchCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Susannah, Act One, Scene 2: Was y'ever at such a nice square dance, Little Bat?Cheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Susannah, Act One, Scene 2: Ain't it a pretty night?Cheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Susannah, Act One, Scene 2: Don't go to bed right yet, SamCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Susannah, Act One, Scene 3: That crick oughta be right about hereCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Susannah, Act One, Scene 4: I ain't surprisedCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Susannah, Act One, Scene 5: Little Bat, what you doin' here?Cheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Susannah, Act One, Scene 5: Feeble-minded idjet!Cheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 1: How long's it gonna last, Sam?Cheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 9:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 2: Are you saved from sinCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 2: I'm fixin' to tell y'bout a fellerCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 2: Come, sinner, tonight's the nightCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 3: The trees on the mountains are cold and bareCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 3: That's mighty pretty singin'Cheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 3: I'm a lonely man, SusannahCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 4: Hear me, O Lord, I beseech TheeCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 4: Brethren an' sister'nCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Susannah, Act Two, Scene 5: Hey there, little robin, I'm back aginCheryl Studer/Jerry Hadley/Samuel Ramey/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kent Nagano/Kenn Chester/Michael Druiett/Steven Cole/Stuart Kale/David Pittsinger/Anne11:23Album Only


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  • Performer: Cheryl Studer, Samuel Ramey, Jerry Hadley, David Pittsinger, Anne Howells, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Composer: Carlisle Floyd
  • Audio CD (September 13, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B000002SQB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It seems very much influenced by Copland.
wellio@wa.freei.net
Unfortunately, though, as the soprano makes the entire opera, it's hard for me to listen to the rest of the recording without her performance souring it.
Allegra
What Ms. Studer lacks in girlishness, vocally, she certainly makes up in technique.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Phil Touchette on May 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Carlisle Floyd's opera "Susannah" in an Opera Workshop class presentation, which led me to obtain a copy of this wonderful 1994 studio recording. Floyd composed the score and libretto to this 1950s folk opera, which is an allusion to the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders-found in the apocryphal books-updated to the backwoods of Tennessee of the early twentieth century. "Susannah" is also seen as an allegory for McCarthyism, in which several actors and politicians were accused of having ties to communism. Only in this story, the accusers are the members of a theocracy, and the accused is the least guilty of all. Overall, "Susannah" is a tale of the dark side of humanity and, ultimately, the loss of innocence.
Soprano Cheryl Studer sings the title role of Susannah Polk, a young and lively eighteen-year-old girl. Living on the margins of society with her slightly drunken, though well-meaning older brother Sam (Jerry Hadley), Susannah is the subject of vile gossip from the elders' wives of New Hope Church-led by the vile Mrs. McLean. McLean, along with her husband, paints Susannah to be "evil" and counts on the itinerant preacher Olin Blitch (Sam Ramey) to save her soul at the upcoming revival. The unfounded gossip of the elders' wives is "confirmed" when the church elders-searching for a baptism creek-discover Susannah bathing nude in a stream. Lies and gossip fly as Susannah's name is ruined in the town... What happens further is a tragic story of the loss of innocence and faith in humanity.
"Susannah" is a heartbreaking and powerful story, which I highly recommend to those interested in opera-particularly American opera. For a twentieth century work, Floyd's score remains rather diatonic, simple, and accessible.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By wellio@wa.freei.net on October 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought this opera on a whim, knowing nothing about it- and it was one of the greatest discoveries.
The score is very beautiful and I believe it to be the most melodic and accessable opera in the English language.
I can be put on the same level as Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess.' It seems very much influenced by Copland.
Ramey is in full vocal glory and Studer (whom I don't care for) is in nice voice as well. She has the very beautiful "Ain't it a pretty night?" which is one of my favorite moments.
Another wonderful song is "Don't go to bed right yet, Sam" just love it...very folky sounding but stunning in the same.
The whole score is wonderful...and in a trend of "modern-20th century" operas that offer no "melody" and sound more like sung dialogue, this is a refreshing and beautiful piece.
Highly recommended.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bass Barreltone on December 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
So far, there have not been many reviews of this CD set, and it's easy to understand why. This opera doesn't fit easily into any one pigeonhole. People that hear this recording know they love it, but it's difficult to articulate specifically why without going into great detail. The opera itself conveys a wonderful, refreshing sense of simplicity-simplicity too easily destroyed by reviews and analysis, like a literary criticism of Goodnight Moon. This opera is simply too beautiful to question and take apart.
Another baffling thing about this opera is its refusal, thus far, to become dated. Some who listen might be tempted to think of this as a new opera, but it is, in fact, fast approaching its fiftieth birthday as of this writing. Perhaps this is due to the universal nature of Susannah's experience, and her utterly human reaction to persecution. Though Floyd may have intended his work to stand as a protest of McCarthyism, its relevance to - indeed, its seeming prescience of -- such recent issues as the shootings at Columbine High School is almost frightening. Also, the opera contains melodies. Real ones. It's pretty much impossible to listen to it without later whistling the square-dance tune.
A great deal of the successes and failures of this recording fall on the shoulders of Cheryl Studer, and rightly so. Rumor has it that this recording was originally to feature Renee Fleming in the title role, and one can only wonder what she might have done with it. What Ms. Studer lacks in girlishness, vocally, she certainly makes up in technique. Since opera so often stretches our suspension of disbelief, I can grudgingly accept a Wagnerian soprano in the part of a teenage girl. Why not, when her "Ain't it a pretty night" and "The trees on the mountains" arias are so well-sung?
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Victor Bascara on March 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Last season's production of Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah" at the Metropolitan Opera, while generally well-received, was deemed a bit too small for the grand Opera House at Lincoln Center. After all, "Susannah" did have its New York premiere 44 years ago at the more humble New York State Theater in a production by the New York City Opera, with the late great Norman Treigle creating the role of Olin Blitch.
Kent Nagano's Virgin Classics recording of Floyd's most famous work shows us that, despite pronouncements to the contrary, English may indeed be a viable language for opera. Musically and narratively speaking, "Susannah" is indeed the stuff of opera.
Operas have long disregarded linguistic accuracy, with Spanish cigar workers singing in French in "Carmen" and 49ers singing to one another in Italian in "La Fanciulla Del West." This is opera, not The History Channel.
But when you set an opera in the U.S. and sing it in English, the standards of realism - that oh-so beloved school of American literature - come into play. Opera and realism are quite antithetical. "Susannah" even sets the opera in a dialect-speaking region and has the characters sing in that (imagined) dialect of American English. Realism and its related offshoot, regionalism, are shoehorned into opera, or perhaps opera into realism.
So what happens when realism and opera are joined? Both the resonances and dissonances of the operatic and the real are made manifest. And they are manifested brilliantly in Nagano's dramatically grandiose and rather intelligent rendition of "Susannah."
Whether the lives of Appalachian folk can satisfy Met audiences' taste for lavish sets remains more in doubt.
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