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Myths And Hymns (Based on Material from Saturn Returns: A Concert)
 : Myths And Hymns (Based on Material from Saturn Returns: A Concert)

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from: Nonesuch




Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0007559795302
Item Dimensions: 4555034494
Label: Nonesuch
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Nonesuch
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 1999
Publisher: Nonesuch
Release Date: March 30, 1999
Studio: Nonesuch




Disc 1:
  1. Children Of The Heavenly King
  2. At The Sounding
  3. Saturn Returns
  4. Icarus
  5. Migratory V
  6. Pegasus
  7. Link
  8. Hero And Leander
  9. Sisyphus
  10. Come To Jesus
  11. How Can I Lose You?
  12. There's A Shout
  13. Awaiting You
  14. The Great Highway
  15. There's A Land
  16. Saturn Returns (reprise)
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Editorial Review:

Amazon.com:
Until this disc, Adam Guettel was best known as the mastermind behind Floyd Collins, the gut-wrenching, boundary-breaking piece of musical theater that never gained the popularity it deserved. Myths & Hymns is another beast altogether, though just as interesting. Guettel has created a song cycle based loosely on Greek mythology and lyrics he discovered in an antique hymnal. These 15 songs are a combination of art song and show tune, but all are interesting. "Icarus" is funky jazz in which the composer duets with Lawrence Clayton. "There's a Land" is transformed from a traditional hymnal into an upbeat romp à la "This Land Is Your Land." "At the Sounding" is an upbeat yet appropriate transition from the somber "Children of the Heavenly King." Joining Guettel on the vocal parts for these works are Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Theresa McCarthy, and a handful of other fine interpreters. Sublime and moving, Myths & Hymns is all about reflecting--to God, a lover, or oneself. And while Guettel's roots run deep into the Broadway tradition (he's the grandson of Richard Rodgers), he's thankfully not afraid of musical experimentation. A great, soulful disc. --Jason Verlinde



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