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Orpheus and Euridice

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  • Composer: Ricky Ian Gordon
  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • ASIN: B000LPR5AW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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While researching new composers (specifically anyone who was following in the tradition of Stephen Sondheim) I was blessed to come across Ricky Ian Gordon. I was familiar with his work that Ms. Audra McDonald had presented in her "Way Back to Paradise" album but had yet to investigate further into his art.

Luckily I found "Orpheus and Euridice."

The poetry is evocative in it's own right, the music brings us to a deeply personal world within it and the ensemble that has been presented to us has taken this piece and made it's glorious passages soar.

It is quite obvious that Mr. Gordon has found a personal connection his writing. Ranging from playfull to heartwrenching the listener finds themselves taken to a whole new level of expression that we won't find very often in the world of music today.

I should warn those reading that this music is not deeply rooted in traditional tonality. It seems that Mr. Gordon has taken a directional cue from Sondheim and is branching out to the capabilities of music beyond the usual palette of popular music. If you are more accustomed to traditional broadway music I would suggest spending some time enjoying the wonderful work of Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guettel, specifically pieces such as Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and The Light in the Piazza. Once you have become accustomed to pieces such as those then I would greatly encourage you to explore this work. Believe me that this piece is worth the investment.

I hope you find as much beauty and enjoyment in this CD as I have.
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Orpheus & Euridice
CHORAL AND SONG
GORDON, Orpheus & Euridice
Orpheus Ascending!

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At first, one might think Orpheus has given up his mythic lyre for a clarinet in Ricky Ian Gordon's haunting two-act song cycle Orpheus & Euridice. But Gordon means something a lot less literal and more poignant here; the clarinet is not so much the instrument Orpheus plays as the sound of his inner music - his longing, joy and pain. And in the hands of clarinetist Todd Palmer, the point is beautifully made.

In 1995, Palmer approached Gordon with the suggestion that he compose a piece for clarinet, soprano and piano, a modern answer to Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock). At the time, Gordon's partner was dying from AIDS, and the composer wasn't sure he was up to the assignment. Then one morning, Gordon woke up with the inspiration to cast Palmer and his clarinet as Orpheus, grieving a Euridice plagued with a virus rhat takes her away. The piece was first staged at Cooper Union in Manhattan in 2001; the current recording is based on Gotdon's expansion of Orpheus, as staged by Doug Varone at Lincoln Center in 2005.

Gordon claims to have written the libretto in one hour, but there's nothing facile about it. Graceful, soulful, inspired and personal, it sets the Orpheus story in a modern context. This couple gets a little more time on earth than the fabled pair - plus a house, a garden and a chance to dance (an interlude in which pianist Melvin Chen sets the clarinetist Palmer free).
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A second release from Ghostlight Records is Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus & Euridice. As he has with works like My Life With Albertine and "Dream True," Gordon demonstrates in this "song cycle in two acts" that he can musicalize longing in ways that both touch and startle.

The myth on which the piece is based, of course, concerns Orpheus' trip to the underworld to retrieve his love, Euridice. After charming this world, as he has Earth, with his music, he may lead Euridice out of Hades, but he may not look at her. She is unaware of this deal and on their trip, she believes that he is ignoring her. When he finally gives into her demands, she disappears, and he mourns with music so ugly that the creatures of the underworld rend him to pieces.

Gordon's cycle is sung by only one voice (Elizabeth Futral's gorgeous soprano) and played on clarinet (Todd Palmer as Orpheus) and piano (Melvin Chen). Gordon's lyrics for the piece are marvels of verbal economy and emotional depth. After Orpheus has looked at his love, "Song Two" contains only the lyrics:

"I am not
part of anything
now."
Yet the song lasts just over two and a half minutes, and, in Gordon's music, one simply feels Euridice's evaporation and the disappearance of the connectedness she once enjoyed
Throughout, Gordon's music, which could be (incorrectly) described as simple tonal exercises, has the ability to surprise and jolts listeners into actively participating in the piece. It's a vibrant dramatic piece and one senses the potential for its potency onstage through the pictures of director/chroegrapher Doug Varone's work for the Lincoln Center production that are found in the booklet accompanying the Ghostlight CD.

Both Orpheus and Euridice and Happy End are important additions for any serious musiclover's CD shelf.
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