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Tredici: Final Alice Import
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TWO. This movement begins with a vocal recitative, "Consider your verdict, the king said to the jury." A theremin, wind sounds, and percussion, decorate an episode lasting from 1 min to 2 min into this movement. The recitative gets a bit frantic, sounding like a frightened little girl.
THREE. "There was silence in the court as the rabbit read these verses," recites the singer. This is followed by an operatic episode, accompanied by an accordian. At 90 seconds into the movement, is a loud instrumental part, with blasting trumpets, with theremin joining in at 2 min, and singing beginning at 2 ½ min. At 3 min and 20 seconds, we are treated to a quiet episode with singing, accordian, and guitar. But at 3 min, 40 seconds, there is a 20-second long brassy blasting episode. At 5 ½ min, begins a 30-second loud orchestral sequence that cuts loose. It cuts loose like the final movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Then, at 6 min, the singer recites, "Silence in the court, cried out the white rabbit." What follows sounds like Carl Stalling's cartoon music.
FOUR. This starts with a 30-second aria sounding like scales (exercise scales, warming up scales).Read more ›
The work contains an optimal mix of consonant and dissonant music, with the balance weighted toward consonance. Dissonance is to music what salt and pepper are to food. A moderate amount of it adds spice and flavor, but more than a moderate amount makes the food taste bad. And he got the mixture right.
I had the LP version as soon as London Records released it, but it never came out on CD. NOW you can have it, and it is worth every penny. Del Tredici's last name means 13 in Italian, and at the very end, Hendricks counts in Italian from 1 (uno) to thirteen tredici. At one point, she even has to shout through a bull horn. Yet, the music contains lullabies of such tenderness as to make one cry. All based on The Queen of Hearts episode of Alice. Five BIG stars. Sound is spectacular!
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Superb performance and recording of this exciting, compelling, achingly beautiful large contemporary work.Published 4 months ago by Marty
Replaced my old Cassette...and it is even more astounding...how lamentable Barbara Hendricks is no longer with us.Published 20 months ago by R. Anderson
This is a must-have for all lovers of romantic orchestral music with voice.
Barbara Hendricks is absolutely stunning, Del Tredici provides an incredible score-- unique and... Read more
I first got to know this piece when it became popular in the 1980s. It is lush and Romantic. The singer does use a bullhorn a couple times, which gets to be a bit much, but... Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Robert Ballinger
I bought it to hear my high school friend on accordion. But I didn't hear any. Sorry, but I found the voice overpowering.Published on April 13, 2013 by 3FingerBob