THOMAS PASATIERI (b.1945): Before Breakfast, Lady Macbeth.
Catalogue Number: 02K098
Reference: TROY 1083
Description: Before Breakfast is an adaptation of a play by Eugene O'Neill, an encapsulated portrait of the final half-hour of a failed marriage, told exclusively from the woman's point of view. Pasatieri's music, tonal and instantly accessible, underscores the pathos of the little domestic drama, ably accompanying and illustrating the scene like a finely-judged film score. The vocal writing, as always from this composer with his vast experience of the stage, is eloquent and perfectly suited to the voice and to the characterization of the protagonist. Lady Macbeth is a vivid portrait of Shakespeare's character, setting the character's speeches from the play. The style somewhere between Romantic artsong and Broadway, these extended scenes form a dramatic monologue that suggests a finely drawn outline silhouette of the full play. Texts included. Lauren Flanigan (soprano), Joseph Illick (piano).