RAPHAËL LUCAS (b.c.1985): Confession.

Catalogue Number: 11N097

Label: Albany

Reference: TROY 1306

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: Confession was conceived as a 'prequel' to Puccini's Suor Angelica, to be performed alongside Puccini's one-act operas in a revival by Purchase Opera. As such, the composer set out to write a score that co-existed harmoniously with Puccini's music, without attempting to pastiche his style. Thus, the music is very tonal, with an emphasis on beautiful and eloquent vocal lines and a dramaturgical structure propelled by harmonic relationships that would have been very familiar to the older composer. The libretto tells of the events that led to Sister Angelica's becoming a nun, the family tensions and tragic love that led to the conception of her illegitimate child. The work is both a compelling drama and an appropriately respectful, yet original, companion to Puccini's beloved and familiar work, to which it forms an evocative introduction. Libretto included. Purchase Opera, Purchase Symphony Orchestra;  Hugh Murphy.


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