Harrison Birtwistle : The Mask of Orpheus
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Harrison Birtwistle : The Mask of Orpheus



Birtwistle's awe-inspiring masterpiece is a key work in the development of post-war opera, groundbreaking in its fusion of music, song, drama, myth and electronics.

GRAMOPHONE AWARD: Best Contemporary Recording 1998


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Track ListingTrack TimeMP3
The Mask of Orpheus I - Parados2'12
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc I: 1st Poem of Reminiscence9'13
Act 1 sc I: First Act of Love3'34
Act 1 sc I: First Passing Cloud2'41
Act 1 sc I: First Structure of Decision1'32
Act 1 sc I: First Ceremony2'03
Act 1 sc I: First Love Duet2'49
Act 1 sc I: First Song of Magic2'34
Act 1 sc I: First Immortal Dance3'03
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc ii3'18
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc ii3'47
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc ii3'57
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc ii3'43
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc ii5'20
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii1'30
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii0'46
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii2'06
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii2'35
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii0'59
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii1'04
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii2'03
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii0'36
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii1'49
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii0'47
The Mask of Orpheus Act 1 sc iii3'28
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I4'18
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I0'49
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I2'57
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I2'15
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I2'15
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I2'21
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I2'08
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I2'14
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I1'44
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I2'05
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc I2'52
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc ii2'05
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc ii2'04
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc ii1'43
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc ii1'50
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc ii1'51
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc ii2'27
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc iii1'43
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc iii3'48
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc iii3'28
The Mask of Orpheus Act 2 sc iii1'23
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc i: 3rd Time Shift3'32
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc i: 3rd Whisper of Change1'03
Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Terrible Death1'19
Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Song of Magic1'08
Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Ceremony2'30
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Sentence of Teaching1'45
Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Song of Magic1'31
Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Love Duet1'49
Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Song of Magic1'53
Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Hysterical Aria3'47
Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Passing Cloud3'05
Act 3 sc iii: Third Immortal Dance3'15
Act 3, sc iii: Exodos6'56
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc ii: 3rd Dream2'39
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc ii: 3rd Allegorical Flower of Reason3'27
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc ii: 3rd Song of Magic0'30
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc ii: Euridice Puppett2'28
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Song of Magic1'04
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Spoken Argument1'38
The Mask of Orpheus Act 3 sc iii: 3rd Song of Magic1'08

Composers on this disc

Harrison Birtwistle