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Atalanta (Acts of God)
Thomas Buckner, Carla Tato, Jacqueline Humbert (voices), Blue Gene Tyranny (keyboards), Paul Shorr (mixing and electronics) Robert Ashley (solo voice)
Atalanta (Acts of God)
Genres: Jazz, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (3) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (3) - Disc #2

Ashley makes use of the story of "Atalanta"--a royal princess, discarded by her family, who was raised by the animals to become the fastest-running human, and who was later reclaimed by her father to marry her off for dyna...  more »

      
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Ashley makes use of the story of "Atalanta"--a royal princess, discarded by her family, who was raised by the animals to become the fastest-running human, and who was later reclaimed by her father to marry her off for dynastic purposes--to present the character aspects of the "successful suitor." These three aspects of character are presented in the opera as anecdotes about three extraordinary men of our times: Max Ernst (surrealist painter), Willard Reynolds (shaman storyteller) and Bud Powell (composer pianist). The genius of these three men can be taken to represent three aspects of the opera itself: image, narrative and music. In the imaginary setting of Atalanta (Acts of God), one companion (singer) reminds her of her excellence (the "Odalisque" arias); another recommends to her the characteristics of excellence in men (the "Character Reference" arias); and a third amuses her with anecdotes, as if told to her by each of the three men (the "Anecdotes").
 

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Interesting, slightly confusing, but nice; good synths.
R. Dano | USA | 10/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ashley's "Atalanta" is certainly unique and musically intriguing, but it lacks the clarity and intellectual appeal I found in his other operas like 'Improvement.'"