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08/04/2020 3:16 am  

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/Tzadik-Records-to-Release-its-First-Opera-David-Hertzbergs-Hallucinatory-THE-WAKE-WORLD-20200407

Tzadik Records presents the debut recording of THE WAKE WORLD, a hallucinatory choral fantasy by Los Angeles-based composer David Hertzberg.

Inspired by the mystical fairy tale of the same name by the infamous occultist, magician, and enfant terrible Aleister Crowley, the story describes the smoldering internal journey of Lola, as she is lead through the magical palace of her Fairy Prince to an ecstatic awakening.

https://www.tzadik.com/

David Hertzberg: The Wake World [#4030-2]
The Wake World is a hallucinatory choral fantasy by Los Angeles-based composer David Hertzberg. Scored for five instruments and nine singers, it premiered in 2017 at the Barnes Foundation under the aegis of Opera Philadelphia. The music is evocative and dramatic, with lyrical arias and powerful instrumental colors. Based on a mystical fairy tale written by Aleister Crowley whilst under the influence of the Golden Dawn, the story describes an ecstatic journey of initiation through Hermetic runes, as Lola is lead by her fairy prince through a magical palace to enlightenment. Winner of the Music Critics Association of North America’s Best New Opera Award, The Wake World is an operatic tour-de-force!
(Release date: April 2020)

The article hints that a production of the opera may tour next year. I haven't seen or heard it, myself, but I'm excited to do so.

 

 


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08/04/2020 5:59 am  

The Wake World animated the Tree for me. Maybe it'll become a film.


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08/04/2020 3:17 pm  

Ich bin die fesche Lola der liebling der Saison!

The Wake World does make one think.  

Are you really awake or are you dreaming?

The dream world is full of sleepyheads who think they are doing things, but they are not. 

But one day my Fairy Prince will marry me, and we will go to the innermost Palace. 

The Wake World for me was/is most useful not so much in the Sephiroth elucidation but in that of the Paths.  It would make a great film, to me not so much Jodorowsky as Svankmajer. 

ROTA 


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12/04/2020 5:26 pm  

An excerpt of the opera being performed in Philadelphia.

Posted by: @christibrany

It would make a great film, to me not so much Jodorowsky as Svankmajer.

Allow me to bedim the erudition your post added to the thread by making a classless joke. An Aleister Crowley biopic co-written and directed by Wes Anderson and Lars von Trier. Bill Murray as AC.


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12/04/2020 5:37 pm  
Posted by: @djedi

Wes Anderson

We can even get that kid from Rushmore as Frater Achad.

rushmore

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12/04/2020 5:52 pm  
Posted by: @djedi

Lars von Trier

Bill Murray Stellan Skarsgård as AC.


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12/04/2020 6:05 pm  
Posted by: @djedi

An excerpt of the opera being performed in Philadelphia

I took a break from my current favourite genre of "Dungeon Synth" playing in the background to give this a listen/watch. Yep, pretty much what I expected. 😜 

If you like this kind of weird-ass "modern" operas I recommend this one (The Minotaur).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj10HcoeEII

The Minotaur head is pretty cool, you can see the singer singing through it. This sort of thing isn't really my usual thing but I did watch this one on TV a few years ago.


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12/04/2020 8:36 pm  

I went to the movie video excerpt of the opera. I noted great amounts of agony, anger, and condescension projected in the facial expressions. My hearing is deficient, so I could not understand the words, but the voice projected seemed bold and clear. Why isn't Wagner's band playing in the background? Where is the scenery that evolves as the spheres are ascended?

 


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12/04/2020 8:40 pm  

Opera for the deaf is a neglected medium, i fear.

In the early days of punk in the '70s, one of the big San Fran clubs for punk was the Deaf Club, the social hall at an actual club for deaf people, who did not mind loud bands playing, and sometimes enjoyed the vibrations from the fast bass/drums. And possibly the facial expressions, likely including "agony, anger, and condescension" at any punk show.


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12/04/2020 9:21 pm  
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Opera for the deaf is a neglected medium, i fear.

Oh, I am not deaf. I can hear the tone, the volume. the cadence. But, like the telephone, I cannot understand what is being said-sung.

 


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12/04/2020 9:49 pm  

Should have said "opera for the hard-of-hearing". And tone, volume, cadence, and facial expressions are a lot of most operas actually, since few are in English.

This one probably is though; but, as a musical Neanderthal, i will give it a miss. Never much liked Wake-World anyway.


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13/04/2020 2:27 am  
Posted by: @ignant666

This one probably is though; but, as a musical Neanderthal, i will give it a miss.

Well, I liked the voice qualities, but the anger and other Punk (you say) qualities do not match the qualities of our innocent Lola as she followed her true love up the staircase to heaven. Or did he drag her up the stairs?

I missed Punk. It came after my tenure in audio-imprinting. The last thing I remember as I drifted into musical oblivion:

Elvis was chugging along.
The Beatles were screaming everywhere in the background.
Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones were wailing up front.

The last impression I have is The Animals singing The House of the Rising Sun. I was sitting in my car, parked in front of the original Tong house, at night, when I first heard that anthem of The Outer Order, and it blew me away. End of imprint vulnerability. After that, as you noted, all music was crap.

 


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13/04/2020 3:30 am  
Posted by: @ignant666

Opera for the deaf is a neglected medium, i fear.

What?

Posted by: @ignant666

In the early days of punk in the '70s, one of the big San Fran clubs for punk was the Deaf Club, the social hall at an actual club for deaf people, who did not mind loud bands playing, and sometimes enjoyed the vibrations from the fast bass/drums. And possibly the facial expressions, likely including "agony, anger, and condescension" at any punk show.

What I love about the punk movement is the sense of humor. There was a point to it all but taking the piss and not taking themselves too seriously was a big part of it. Deaf people would totally get it with punks over exaggerated facial expressions and unique fashion sense. The movement was as much visual as it was musical. Perhaps more so.

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I missed Punk. It came after my tenure in audio-imprinting.

Silence is golden.

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The last impression I have is The Animals singing The House of the Rising Sun. I was sitting in my car, parked in front of the original Tong house, at night, when I first heard that anthem of The Outer Order, and it blew me away.

Coincidentally, as I was taking my first breath on Jan 24 1965 at 5:12pm PST those Great Beasts "The Animals" were blasting through televisions nationwide singing

"I'm just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh lord please don't let me be misunderstood"

live on the Ed Sullivan show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwccFKQZGdA

In hindsight, I think "House of the Rising Sun"(a song about a man who wasted his life in a whorehouse) would've been more appropriate. 😀 


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13/04/2020 5:05 am  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve7XtgFUp4M

operaphila.org - Composer/librettist David Hertzberg, director R. B. Schlather, and dramaturge Julia Bumke take a stroll through Philadelphia's world-renowned Barnes Foundation to talk about the making of the new opera THE WAKE WORLD, inspired by the collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes and the writings of Aleister Crowley.

This video was an interesting watch which explained how they developed the opera from inspiration found in viewing the works displayed at The Barnes.

It's cool that this is being released on the label founded by John Zorn.


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02/05/2020 12:25 am  

The first review is up: https://blogcritics.org/music-review-the-wake-world-award-winning-opera-by-david-Hertzberg/

I guess it's released, though you couldn't tell from Tzadik Records' website.

An excerpt appended to the above review: https://soundcloud.com/davidhertzberg/is-that-you-my-love-excerpt

 


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22/08/2020 7:41 am  

@djedi - Yes, you can find it in tzadik.com catalog:

Artist search > Hertzberg > David Hertzberg.
$26 for 2 CDs and (I assume) the libretto &c.


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