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Act 3, Messer Marco Polo

by Max Stern

This release is a chamber music version of Act 3 from Messer Marco Polo. It is the interface between East and West and addresses the nexus of the opera: Is the eternal quest a search for wisdom, beauty, love or power?
Genre: Classical: Spiritual
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1. Act III, Scene 1 Kristyna Valouskova, Sop, Thomas Krejci, Bar, Jiri Kalendovsky, Bass-Bar,
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2. Act III, Scene 2 Kristyna Valouskova, sop, Thomas Krejci, bar, Jiri Kalendovsky, bass-bar,
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Album Notes
Messer Marco Polo
opera in 4 acts
Text by the Composer after the story by Donn Byrne (1998-1028)

Cast
Kristyna Valouskova, soprano - Golden Bells
Thomas Krejci, baritone - Marco Polo
Jiri Kalendovsky, bass - Li Po
Pavel Klecka, bass-baritone - Kublai Khan
Milan Pelikan, tenor - Sanang

The New Prague Ensemble / Max Stern, conductor
Recorded in Prague, 2003

Act 3, scene 1 (Court of Kublai Khan)
Marco arrives at the court of Kublai Khan to deliver his message: Wisdom is needed for the governance of His world but beauty is needed for its existence. The Chinese listen respectfully, then turn away in disbelief.

Act 3, scene 2 (Chinese Garden)
Only Golden Bells remains . Alone in the Chinese Garden, unable to untie the knot of fate and destiny, the young lovers confess their confusion, shame, and despair.
Suddenly Li Po hobbles excitedly, shaking a scroll in air - "I have the new song." he proclaims, "The marrying song!"


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