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listen  1. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 1, "Rouen, a Tuesday in late February, 1871, 4 AM"Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra 3:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 1: Count? (Carre-Lamadon, Count, Loiseau)Christopher Burchett 1:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 1: Cigar? (Loiseau, Carre-Lamadon, Count, Coachman)John De Haan 1:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 2, "Aboard the coach, starting out"Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra 1:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 2: There was a boat (Coachman)Matthew Worth 1:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 2: These really are wonderful (The three wives)Christine Abraham 2:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 3, "Dawn": Darling, look! (The wives and their husbands)Christine Abraham 1:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 3: Do you know Mme. de Vidoudet? (The wives, later the nuns)Christine Abraham 2:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 3: Very bad for business, war (The husbands, later Cornudet)Christopher Burchett 2:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 4, "10 AM": What time d'you have? (The husbands, Cornudet)Christopher Burchett 2:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 4: If I were a big bad wolf (Loiseau)John De Haan 1:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Greater Good: Act I Inter-scene, "Noon": See anything? (M. & Mme. Carre-Lamadon)Christopher Burchett0:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5, "3 PM": Oh my God! (The husbands and wives, Cornudet)Christopher Burchett 3:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: I gotta hand it to you, girlie! (Loiseau, Boule, Cornudet, the nuns)John De Haan 1:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: Gentlemen, pardon me (Boule, later Loiseau and the Count)Caroline Worra 2:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: These are the tastes of ? (The wives, husbands, Cornudet)Christine Abraham 1:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen22. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: Men don't understand (The wives, Boule)Christine Abraham 1:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: You know how it was (Boule)Caroline Worra 2:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen25. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: Someone helped me out (Boule, later the wives and husbands)Caroline Worra 1:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen27. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: God it's cold! (The wives)Christine Abraham0:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen28. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: Nothing but snow (Coachman, later Boule and the others)Matthew Worth 3:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen29. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 5: I think I see lights! (Boule, the wives and husbands)Caroline Worra 1:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen30. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 6, "Arrival at Totes, 6 PM": Raus! Raus! Raus! (Prussian Officer)Christian Reinert 1:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen31. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 6: Come in, come in (The Follenvies)Liam Moran 1:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen32. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 6: Monsieur Follenvie! (The Follenvies)Liam Moran0:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen33. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 6: Things are looking up! (The husbands, Follenvie, Cornudet)\Christopher Burchett0:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen34. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 6: Mademoiselle Elisabeth Rousset? (Officer, Boule, later the Count)Christian Reinert 3:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen35. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 6: Well, you see how things are (Mme. Follenvie)Dorothy Byrne 1:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen37. The Greater Good: Act I Scene 6: They're pigs! (Boule, Mme. Follenvie, the wives)Caroline Worra 1:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  1. The Greater Good: Act II Scene 1, "The Inn at Totes, Wednesday, 8 AM"Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra 1:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen10. The Greater Good: Act II Scene 3, "Wednesday, suppertime": Oh, look, how lovely (All)Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra 1:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen19. The Greater Good: Act II Scene 5, "The Inn, Friday morning": Going out? (Mme. Carre-Lamadon, Boule)Christine Abraham 1:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen42. The Greater Good: Act II Scene 8: Setting off for DieppeGlimmerglass Opera Orchestra0:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B000Q6ZUVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Stephen Hartke's The Greater Good was commissioned by Glimmerglass Opera, and is a strikingly original contribution to the operatic repertory. Based on an iconic short story by Maupassant set during the immediate aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War, The

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Based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, Stephen Hartke's The Greater Good is an effective piece of musical storytelling. Against the background of the Franco-Prussian War a group of arrogant French bourgeois, a political agitator and a pair of nuns are traveling by coach to escape the Germans. Among them is Boule de Suif (literally, "Butterball" or, more appallingly, "ball of lard"), a generously built prostitute. Trapped in the coach and then in a German-occupied inn, Boule turns out to be a sensitive, generous woman (yes, a prostitute with a heart of gold). When it looks as if the only way they group will escape is if Boule sleeps with the Prussian Commandant, she does so for "the greater good" despite her hatred of the Germans. Rather than being grateful, her dreadful coach-mates judge her and ostracize her. It's a nasty satire of petit bourgeois shallowness and hypocrisy and a good story.

Hartke's music is colorful and his orchestration paints situations – we hear the rocking of the coach, strings yawn out of boredom or exhaustion, the harps tinkle when it snows. He uses the light clanging of spoons when the group finally gets to eat at the Inn and, when Boule is doing her duty with the Prussian officer, we hear the creaking of bedsprings. The vocal lines are more exclamatory than melodic. The cast, led by Caroline Worra's Boule, is uniformly excellent. This is an interesting piece, worth hearing more than once. If only Naxos had supplied a libretto – the track-by-track synopsis is good, but much of the text gets lost. --Robert Levine

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Howard F. Mandel on September 22, 2007
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Stphen Hartke prove the perfect composer to bring de Maupassant's short story to life. The cast not only sings well but brings both the wit of both the music and the libretto to life. Thank god for Naxos for continuing to bring us the best in new operas that we might otherwise miss.
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By Bertie Wooster on March 24, 2013
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There's a lot that this opera has going for it, so let me lay out it's high points first. The libretto is witty, humorous, and charming. There are several laugh-out-loud moments(the trio of bourgeois couples is particularly amusing), as well as some moments of real poignancy. Although I'm not familiar with Maupassant's short story "Boule de Suif," I have read that Hartke's text (based on Philip Littell's dramatic adaptation) is true to the plot and spirit of the original work. Musically, Hartke offers some fascinating "tricks." At one point, the singers are silenced while eating a meal of soup. As the innkeeper's wife sings, the sound of their spoons on pitched bowls creates an accompaniment. Near the end of the opera, Hartke recreates the sound of a couple having sex on a bed as the ensemble listens from the floor below. The strings play a high pitched ostinato that perfectly replicates the sounds of bed springs.

Yet a few clever tricks does not an opera make. With these tricks, Hartke tries to distract the audience from the fact that he does not have a very strong compositional voice. Though there were a few passages that I found interesting and even catchy, I didn't feel that Hartke has a musical language dramatic and complex enough to sustain a 2-and-a-half hour opera. Besides the few "tricks" I have mentioned, none of the music is memorable, and I would never return to this recording for a second listen (I'm planning to sell it at my local used CD store tomorrow.) It's also an hour too long. Though I said I enjoyed some portions of the text, Hartke spends too much time on certain points of the plot. Most of the first act is devoted to the coach ride.
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