Philip Glass - 1980 Satyagraha

Philip Glass — 1980 Satyagraha

Опубликовано: 14 июн. 2015 г.Philip Glass
Satyagraha — World Premiere;
Stadsschouwburg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands;
September 5, 1980. Very good Dutch Radio broadcast.

Satyagraha (”insistence on truth”) is a 1979 opera in three acts for orchestra, chorus and soloists, composed by Philip Glass, with a libretto by Glass and Constance DeJong. Loosely based on the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, it forms the second part of Glass’s “Portrait Trilogy” of operas about men who changed the world, which also includes Einstein On The Beach and Akhnaten. The title refers to Gandhi’s concept of non-violent resistance to injustice, Satyagraha, and the text, from the Bhagavad Gita, is sung in the original Sanskrit. [The opera is semi-narrative in form and deals with Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa and his development of non-violent protest into a political tool.]

Satyagraha was commissioned by the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, and first performed at the Stadsschouwburg (Municipal Theatre) there on September 5, 1980, by the Netherlands Opera and the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Ferden. — wikipedia

In Satyagraha, Glass is confident he has an enduring hit, People magazine reported. “We’ve had 70 years of pieces since Schoenberg that no one understands,” he argues, “so there’s nothing really wrong, is there, with a little contemporary music being appealing?”

• (Act 1) • Leo Tolstoy •
0:00:00 On the Kuru Field of Justice 18:35
0:18:35 Tolstoy Farm 13:38
0:32:33 The Vow 15:11

• (Act 2) • Rabindranath Tagore •
0:47:24 Confrontation and Rescue 15:52
1:03:16 Indian Opinion 15:28
1:18:45 Protest 17:26

• (Act 3) • Martin Luther King, Jr. •
1:36:11 Newcastle March 46:19

Miss Schlesen — Claudia Cummings, soprano
Mrs Naidoo — Iris Hashishkee, soprano
Kasturbai — Beverly Morgan, contralto
Mahatma Ghandi — Douglas Perry, tenor
Mr Kallenbach — Bruce Hall, bariton
Parsi Rustomji — Richard Gill, bass
Mrs Alexander — Rhonda Lyss, contralto
Lord Krishna — Tom Heanen, bass
Prince Arjana — René Claassen, tenor
Choir of the Rotterdam Conservatorium
Utrecht Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Bruce Ferden
Rotterdamse Schouwburg — September 5, 1980
Commissioned by the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch Radio Recording

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