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Taverner: An Opera in Two Acts - David Wilson-Johnson (baritone); Fiona Kimm (soprano); Fretwork; His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts;...
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  1. Taverner, opera in 2 acts, J. 92
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Peter Maxwell Davies' Taverner, based on the life of the 16th century English composer, stands in the tradition of operas like Pfitzner's Palestrina and Hindemith's Mathis der Maler that grapple with the topic of the artist's role in society, and it's good to finally have it recorded. The libretto, by the composer, mixes a fairly straightforward narrative of a pivotal episode in Taverner's life with elaborately grotesque metaphorical actions, to surreal and often perplexing effect. The story and the music are luridly, ...