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Gordon Getty: Usher House

Christian Elsner, Etienne Dupuis, Phillip Ens, Lisa Delan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orchestra Gulbenkian, Lawrence Foster

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Usher House  
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Act I: Prologue: During the whole of a dull, dark and soundless day (Poe)
Gordon Getty; Christian Elsner; Etienne Dupuis; Phillip Ens; Lisa Delan; Benedict Cumberbatch; Orchestra Gulbenkian; Lawrence Foster
1:23
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Act I: Scene 1: Can it be five years my friend? (Roderick, Poe, Primus)
Gordon Getty; Christian Elsner; Etienne Dupuis; Phillip Ens; Lisa Delan; Benedict Cumberbatch; Orchestra Gulbenkian; Lawrence Foster
21:11
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Act I: Scene 1: Where is my lady, o where is she gone? (Poe)
Gordon Getty; Christian Elsner; Etienne Dupuis; Phillip Ens; Lisa Delan; Benedict Cumberbatch; Orchestra Gulbenkian; Lawrence Foster
2:55
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Act I: Scene 1: She was my model in writing (Poe, Roderick, Primus, Attendant)
Gordon Getty; Christian Elsner; Etienne Dupuis; Phillip Ens; Lisa Delan; Benedict Cumberbatch; Orchestra Gulbenkian; Lawrence Foster
4:08
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Act I: Scene 2: Lady Heliane Usher (Attendant, Roderick, Poe)
Gordon Getty; Christian Elsner; Etienne Dupuis; Phillip Ens; Lisa Delan; Benedict Cumberbatch; Orchestra Gulbenkian; Lawrence Foster
7:12
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Act I: Scene 3: And now it is time to bid our silent farewells (Roderick, Primus, Poe)
Gordon Getty; Christian Elsner; Etienne Dupuis; Phillip Ens; Lisa Delan; Benedict Cumberbatch; Orchestra Gulbenkian; Lawrence Foster
5:02
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Act I: Scene 4: We are particularly honored to receive our guest (Primus, Poe)
Gordon Getty; Christian Elsner; Etienne Dupuis; Phillip Ens; Lisa Delan; Benedict Cumberbatch; Orchestra Gulbenkian; Lawrence Foster
8:48
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Act I: Scene 5: Roderick, I must speak (Poe, Roderick, Madeline)
Gordon Getty; Christian Elsner; Etienne Dupuis; Phillip Ens; Lisa Delan; Benedict Cumberbatch; Orchestra Gulbenkian; Lawrence Foster
16:16
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:55
"... the opera is highly entertaining and I was entranced by Getty’s spectacular ability to create such a wonderful atmosphere and sustain it for 67 minutes. This is a real tour de force, certainly the best and most sustained musical creation of his I have heard and as such I recommend your listening to it."
- Fanfare

Lawrence Foster and the Gulbenkian Orchestra present this recording of Gordon Getty’s second opera, for which he wrote his own libretto loosely based on Poe’s short story The Fall of the House of Usher. A masterpiece whose music is both accessible and exciting, it's a tale of good, evil and redemption, with Poe himself as the narrator who lived to tell the story. Getty, who studied English literature at university, has characterized his compositions as follows: “Whatever it was that the great Victorian composers and poets were trying to achieve, that’s what I’m trying to achieve."
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording venue: Grande Auditório of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Sept. 2011
Executive / Recording Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot
Editing: Ientje Mooij

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