The Festival Choir and Orchestra / Armando Aliberti, Conductor | The Devil and Daniel Webster / A Folk Opera in One Act

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The Devil and Daniel Webster / A Folk Opera in One Act

by The Festival Choir and Orchestra / Armando Aliberti, Conductor

The bawdy opening lyrics set the tone for the entire Opera: "Right nice wedding." "Handsome couple." "Oysters for supper." "Makes me feel young again, oh by jingo."
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1. Opening Chorus
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4:18 album only
2. Duet, chorus, and entrance of Webster
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3:54 album only
3. Dialogue and violin solo
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3:30 album only
4. Listen to my doeful tale
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3:45 album only
5. Help me, neighbors, help me!
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1:42 album only
6. He sold his soul to the Devil
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3:07 album only
7. Jabez's narrative
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8. Entrance of Webster
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2:23 album only
9. Webster's song: I've got a lamb, Goliath
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10. Mary's prayer
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3:31 album only
11. Dialogue and entrance of the jury from hell
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12. The summoning of the jury by the Devil
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13. The Trial
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3:50 album only
14. Daniel Webster's closing statements
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15. The verdict and the Quartet and Finale
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Douglas Moore THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (Opera in One Act)
Armando Aliberti, conductor

Joe Blankenship-bass
Doris Young-soprano
James de Groat-speaker
Frederick Weidner-tenor

This is a roistering, bawdy, fun filled folk opera with momentum that never quits. It is beautifully orchestrated and splendidly conducted, and the stellar cast lustily belts out the suggestive lyrics with full throated joy and ultimate professionalism. You'll find happiness represented here -- mischevious, heart warming, life-giving happiness.

Commenting on "The Devil and Daniel Webster", Douglas Moore has said, "Mr. Benet and I have classified "The Devil and Daniel Webster" as a folk opera because it is legendary in its musical expression....we have tried to make an opera in which the unit of speech, song and instrumental music, will communicate the essence of the dramatic story, enhance but not distort."


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