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Gian Menotti - Apocalypse

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« on: July 11, 2022, 02:27:35 pm »

I'm a great admirer of the works of Menotti.

Also from radio broadcasts, here is Shippers conducting the work a year later with the Boston Symphony:

Apocalypse Schippers Boston Sym 1967-03-09

The opera, The Island God, was a 1942 commission from the MET and a work he later withdrew. Still, he allowed an aria, a duet, and these two interludes to be performed up through the 1960s. This work shows some interesting cross-fertilization going on here between Barber and Menotti's music. To my ears, the first interlude is influenced by Barber's 1st Essay for orchestra (1937) but the 2nd interlude sounds like it may have given some inspiration to Barber's 1946 Medea - in her the dance of vengence.

Two Interludes from The Island God (Stokowski NY Phil 1948-01-16 Carnegie Hall)
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