By Elizabeth Maconchy
Released February 2009
The cast and orchestra of the INDEPENDENT OPERA at Sadler’s Wells’ 2007 production reassembled in 2008 to record with Chandos Elizabeth Maconchy’s one-act operas The Sofa and The Departure.
The Sofa, a comic opera with a libretto by Ursula Vaughan Williams, was freely adapted from the novel Le Sopha, conte moral by Crébillon Fils. The Departure, by contrast tragic and unsettling, features a libretto by poet Anne Ridler.
Conductor Dominic Wheeler
Leader Sarah Trickey
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"The score is executed with aching poignancy and passion, showing how intuitively Maconchy could respond to the knotty problem of setting and heightening the English language. "
Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph