Hello Out There
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Two gems of vocal beauty.

As Susan Hawkshaw points out in her notes, Jack Beeson is primarily known for his large scale opera, Lizzy Borden, premiered and revived by the New York City Opera. But actually five of Beeson's ten operas are chamber operas because of the scale of the story. The two operas on this recording fall into this category. They are gems of vocal beauty, formal construction and evocative musical writing that deserve wider recognition and a fresh performance. They stand as major contributions to the corpus of 20th century American opera. More than 30 years separate these two operas: Hello Out There, written when Beeson was 32, was premiered in 1954 and Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth, written with librettist Sheldon Harnick, was premiered in 1978.
Jack Beeson, composer
Hello Out There
John Reardon, baritone, Leyna Gabriele, soprano, The Columbia Chamber Orchestra, Frederic Waldman, conductor

Jack Beeson, composer
Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth
Carol Wilcox, Judith Christin, Grayson Hirst, Robert Shiesley, Alfred Anderson, Miranda Beeson, Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Martin, conductor

Review to come.
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