City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – The British Project – Walton – Troilus & Cressida (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 31:33 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: Classical
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Tragic love story: Following her acclaimed album of Benjamin Britten’s “Sinfonia da Requiem”, Lithuanian star conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s latest release is dedicated to a composition by William Walton that has hardly caught the eye in this country so far: the opera “Troilus and Cressida”. The stage work is full of energy, drama and surprising twists. Premiered in 1954 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the opera soon fell into oblivion and is no longer present on the schedules of the big houses. The publisher of William Walton must have guessed what was in the work, because after the composer died in 1983, his publisher encouraged the music writer and arranger Christopher Francis Palmer to an orchestral suite with the musical highlights of the opera.
Palmer’s arrangement, which meticulously adheres to the original, unfolds an impressively wide range of moods. The extreme emotions to which the two main protagonists of the opera are exposed gain musical contour.
The libretto for “Troilus and Cressida”, written by Christopher Hassall, is inspired by a verse poem by the medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer. The text is about a tragic love during the time of the Trojan War. Troilus, a Trojan Prince who loses his great love Cressida during a prisoner exchange to the Greeks. The plan to recapture them fails. Troilus is murdered, Cressida judges herself.
Dramatic intensity: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) since 2016, succeeding Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle, is thrilled by the surprising harmonies and dramatic intensity of the work. ” I dream of conducting the whole opera, “says the Lithuanian star conductor, who is on the trail of the” sheer beauty ” of Walton’s music with the CBSO. Gražinytė-Tyla proves convincingly that Palmer’s Symphonic Suite has what it takes to express the dramatic and lyrical essence of the opera with her newly released eAlbum. Everywhere you feel the captivating drama of the fabric and the complex sensations of the actors. The heroic substance of the Trojans is powerfully staged in the Wagnerian accents of the header. The following scherzo resembles an expectant flirtation, which in the third movement, entitled “The Lovers”, takes on the coloring of lyrical delicacy. The finale oscillates between slow, darkly clouded sound poetry and violently pulsating drama.
1. City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – I. The Trojans (Arr. Christopher Palmer)
2. City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – II. Scherzo (Arr. Christopher Palmer)
3. City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – III. The Lovers (Arr. Christopher Palmer)
4. City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – IV. Finale ( Arr. Christopher Palmer)