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Del Tredici: Final Alice


Del Tredici: Final Alice (Decca 442 9955)
SKU: 12556
AU $8.95

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 442 9955 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1
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Commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and dedicated to Sir Georg Solti, Final Alice is scored for gargantuan forces and is based on the last two chapters of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It has been described by the composer as a "grand concerto for voice and orchestra" and an "opera written in concert form". The solo part is partly spoken and partly sung, and here despatched with great flair by Barbara Hendricks. The spacious recording, made in 1980 at Chicago's Medinah Temple is of demonstration class and the whole piece, lasting an hour, is a real spectacle. The booklet includes David Del Tredici's original liner notes as well as the libretto.

"... the demonstration class recording of David Del Tredici's spectacular Lewis-Carroll-meets-Richard-Strauss-on-acid 'Final Alice', a much sought after early Decca digital LP release, finally reaches CD ( and at budget price) thanks to Australian Eloquence." - BBC Radio 3 forum.

"The LP, cassette, and Japanese London CD all had the same dozen or so small digital glitches in the master. One of them appeared in the left channel of the Acrostic Song during a trumpet passage, but without headphones most listeners didn't notice. On the LP this particular glitch seemed to be a moment of Adjacent Groove Wall Blast and I was surprised when the same breakup appeared on the cassette and, later, the Japan CD which was clearly digital in origin. Whatever source you used, the result is superb. At last we have the definitive edition of an important musical masterpiece. Your new cover artwork is wonderful." - Customer comment.

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Artists: Barbara Hendricks (soprano).
Composers: David del Tredici.
Conductors: Sir Georg Solti.
Orchestras: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Final Alice


'The King & Queen of Hearts were seated on their throne'
'Consider your verdict'
'They told me you had been to her'
'She's all my fancy painted him'
'She's all my fancy painted her'
'She's all my fancy painted her'
'A boat 'neath a sunny sky'

Barbara Hendricks (soprano)
'Folk Group':
Fred Hemke, Robert Black (soprano saxophones)
Fred Spector (mandolin)
Frederic Chrislip (tenor banjo)
Herman Troppe (accordion)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 12556
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 442 9955
Price: AU $8.95   

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