LEE HOIBY (1926-2011): Summer and Smoke.
Catalogue Number: 08N084
Reference: TROY 1272/73
Description: "Summer and Smoke sounded good to me in 1972 - a haunting score that seems even better on reacquaintance in this version. . . . Hoiby's music, conservatively neo-romantic though it may be, never settles for obvious solutions as the voices float over a seamlessly woven orchestral fabric of bittersweet lyricism that probes and illuminates every unexpected twist in the plot. The singers are given many gorgeous arias, duets, and individual phrases, expressively shaped and often stamped with an ecstatic intensity. Perhaps ten years ago, music of this sort, unabashedly drenched in ardent melody, was considered something of an embarrassment. Today, such an attitude seems childish and irrelevant, especially when confronted with a refined, confident score, that makes its expressive points so honestly and sensitively." - Peter G. Davis, New York Magazine (1981). 2 CDs. Libretto included. Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre; Steven Osgood.