DEEMS TAYLOR (1885-1966): Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20.
Catalogue Number: 08L070
Description: From its triumphant premiere in 1931 until 1985 this was the most-performed American opera at the Met. The star-crossed lovers of the story (who can enter each others dreams) come from a Victorian novel by George Du Maurier; the music is a rich and enjoyable blend of Romanticism and Impressionism which, allied to an infallible sense of dramatic timing, explain the work's enduring popularity. Good to have it back now that people have begun to forget both it and its composer. 2 CDs. Libretto available on-line. Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Lauren Flanigan (soprano), Richard Zelter (baritone), Seattle Symphony Chorale, Seattle Symphony; Gerard Schwarz.