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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Ravenshead: Act I: Overture: The Doldrums 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ravenshead: Act I: Prime Number 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ravenshead: Act I: Barroom 9:50Album Only
listen  4. Ravenshead: Act I: Boat Building/Inventory 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravenshead: Act I: Bare Raft 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ravenshead: Act I: The Last Time I Saw My Wife 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravenshead: Act I: Out to Sea 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravenshead: Act I: Book of Days 7:11$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. Ravenshead: Act II: Noisy Sea 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ravenshead: Act II: Options 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ravenshead: Act II: ? but the mind 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravenshead: Act II: Dear Clare 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravenshead: Act II: ? we have with us today 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Ravenshead: Act II: Ironic, really 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravenshead: Act II: The Ballad of Ravenshead 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: The Paul Dresher Ensemble
  • Composer: Steven Mackey
  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: MinMax
  • ASIN: B00004SR2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Declared the "Best New Opera of the Year" by USA Today in 1998, Ravenshead combines Steve Mackey's multi-faceted score, the dazzling Rinde Eckert, and the superb Paul Dresher Ensemble.


Astonishing...Mackey’s music [has] the energy of rock. -- Los Angeles Times

Eckert [delivers] a tour de force to Mackey’s insinuating, rock-influenced score. -- USA Today

Ravenshead, a gripping new opera [that is] consistently compelling. -- Dallas Morning News

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PhiloX on July 19, 2004
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Paul Dresher has written & performed multi-media modern opera/performance art theater for over 20 years. Many of his works were either never recorded for consumers or are now out of print. As a composer with his ensemble, the music is rather unique classical minimalism mixed with progressive jazz/rock. At times tape loops, sound effects, or John Cage like random sounds are used with great effect.
In the mid 1980's Paul Dresher joined forces with the performance artist/singer Rinde Eckert, who's emotional inner core goes beyond mere singing. One theater piece that was recorded "Slow Fire" was about a father teaching his son to hunt with a gun. Rinde Eckert interplays both father & son, singing with great skill about the dangers of America's freedom with bare arms.
This time around with the composer Steven Mackey, the opera (dare I call it this?) "Ravenhead" gives an almost Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes rendering about Richard Ravenhead, prime number 17, who's mathematical entrapments cause him to build a sailboat to solo circumnavigate the world. The CD is recorded live, which I believe limits Rinde Eckert to shout throughout the piece, losing his normally interesting singing voice.
If your a fan of either Steven Mackey, Paul Dresher, or Rinde Eckert, then add this CD to your collection because their recordings are so hard to find. If not, try to find "Slow Fire" or other works from these fine artists to discover what is happening in today's musical performances.
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