The golem / Larry Sitsky ; Opera Australia.
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THE GOLEM by Larry Sitsky
Libretto by Gwen Harwood
This is a Limited Edition release of 500 copies, each individually numbered and signed by the composer and packaged in a specially-designed slipcase.
The Golem is a monumental achievement by the Australian composer, Larry Sitsky. Comprising three Acts, lasting almost three hours and utilising enormous forces both chorally and orchestrally, this live recording was made during the work's historic premiere season.
The evocative story of The Golem takes place in 16th century Prague where the Jews are being persecuted by the Christians.
Influenced by the claim of sorcerers, that it would be possible for the righteous to create a force that would destroy their enemies, the Rabbi dreams of creating a Golem to destroy the enemies of Israel. This he does, creating a Golem from the earth, with dire consequences. This dark tale gave director, Barrie Kosky, more than ample material to create an amazing set of mud and magical effects. Some of the set noises can be heard on the recording adding to the eerie, but compelling atmosphere of the work as does Larry Sitsky's remarkable setting of the libretto of Australian poet, Gwen Harwood.
Sumptuously packaged with the complete libretto, the total experience of The Golem is quite simply, mesmerising.
Duration: 188 min.
Contents note: Disc 1: Act I -- Disc 2: Act II -- Disc 3: Act III.
Performers: Opera Australia ; Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra ; Christopher Lyndon Gee (conductor).
Capture session: Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in October 1993.
Liner notes include an interview with the composer, biographies of the composer and librettist, synopsis and full libretto.
- CD booklet notes: golem [ABC Classics: 4723112]
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