HENRIK HELLSTENIUS (b.1963): Ophelias: Death by Water Singing.
Catalogue Number: 10S084
Label: LAWO Classics
Description: This retelling of 'Hamlet' greatly reduces the number of characters and intricacies of plot, concentrating on the disintegrating psyche of Ophelia. The sung texts consist of fragmentary phrases, obsessively repeating, suggesting both mental instability and the flowing material and static structure of water. Hellstenius' score matches this stream of events in vocal and instrumental gestures that likewise form a continuous current of texture. The work's disturbing effect results not from harsh timbres or dissonance as from its unrelieved sense of hopelessness and the characters' inability to escape the inexorable progress of fate, leading to its inevitable conclusion. English libretto. Elisabeth Homertz (soprano), Tora Augestad (mezzo), Ivan Ludlow (baritone), Cikada Ensemble; Christian Eggen.