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Adam Guettel's MYTHS & HYMNS -- incredible new production now streaming
Posted by: GrumpyMorningBoy 10:02 am EST 01/14/21

Adam Guettel weaves more gorgeous originality into four measures of music than any major composer writing for the musical stage in this millennium.

And that's all evident in his song cycle MYTHS & HYMNS, which I had the tremendous fortune to see more than once in its debut at the Public Theater (under the title SATURN RETURNS).

Now, that production's music director Ted Sperling has mounted a new video production of the song cycle, stretched out over several months, and the first chapter was released online last night. Link below.

In this, we get to hear Joshua Henry's spectacular vocals on "Saturn Returns," Mykal Kilgore & Norm Lewis on "Icarus," Renee Fleming, Kelli O'Hara and Julia Bullock singing a trio adaptation of "Migratory V," Jose Llana, Capathia Jenkins and Elizabeth Stanley on a terrific "Pegasus," and Take 6 on a new arrangement of "Jesus, the Mighty Conqueror," which was heard at the Public but was not included in the "Myths & Hymns" studio cast recording.

it's all terrific, but I'm extra enamored with Mr. Henry's "Saturn Returns" and the trio on "Pegasus."

And I remain convinced that no one is writing more original, more spectacularly beautiful melodies these days than Adam Guettel. Nobody. Cannot wait for his next works to make it to the stage.

- GMB
Link MasterVoices presents MYTHS & HYMNS | Chapter 1: Flight
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