Magazine article Opera Canada

Constantinople

Magazine article Opera Canada

Constantinople

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CONSTANTINOPLE

Christos Hatzis

Analekta 2 9925

Like the Brady piece discussed above, this attractive CD really needs to be a DVD. We're again more in the realm of music theatre than opera, but the lack of the visual element takes away much of the theatre. The "Dance of the Dictators" and "Old Photographs" sections, for example, really need the background kaleidoscope of visual imagery to make proper sense. The Gryphon Trio commissioned this work because it wanted to explore the possibilities of allying visuals and theatre in chamber music. As the work evolved in composition over a number of years, it had benefit of input from a number of leading music-theatre institutions--including the Banff Centre, Toronto's Tapestry New Opera Works and Robert Lepage's Ex Machina. The CD captures the music impeccably, but in terms of conveying the experience of Constantinople, it's tantamount to just buying the soundtrack for a movie. Something rather important is missing.

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Constantinople has enjoyed a number of performances, most recently at Toronto's Luminato summer festival and at the Linbury Studio Theatre at London's Covent Garden. …

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