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Current: Airline Icarus

Magazine article Gramophone

Current: Airline Icarus

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Airline Icarus

Carla Huhtanen sop Ad Exec

Krisztina Szabo mez Flight Attendant

Graham Thomson ten Scholar

Alexander Dobson bar Worker/Pilot

Geoffrey Sirett Business Man

ensemble / Brian Current

Naxos Canadian Classics (B) 8 660356 (44' * DDD)

The release of Airline Icarus, a chamber opera by composer Brian Current and librettist Anton Piatigorsky about the intersecting thoughts of passengers aboard a commercial airplane bound for Cleveland, may attract interest simply on the wings of current events. Save for a terrifying 30 seconds at the end, however, the story is more about the Icarus myth, particularly the issue of hubris, and the forced intimacy of strangers than the disappearance of airliners.

Suggested by the downing of a Korean jet which went down in 1983 over the Soviet Union's east coast, Airline Icarus ingeniously merges mechanism, minimalism, white noise and vocalism amid a dizzying cocktail of arias and ensemble pieces whose influences include Broadway shows and Offenbach musicals. …

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