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John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. As an accomplished recording artist, John Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, Cannes Classique, Billboard, two Diapasons d’Or, three Emmys, and four Deutsche Schallplatten Awards.

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Blitzstein’s Cradle Will Rock Is Compelling Listening, Now

Posted July 16th, 2018

The San Francisco Classical Voice reviews the first complete recording of The Cradle Will Rock. Review by Jason Victor Serinus.

Merely 84 years after the nearly-aborted world premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, Bridge Records has issued the first complete recording of this agit-prop-meets-Brecht/Weill-meets-grand-opera-meets-musical-theater milestone. Recorded live last July at Opera Saratoga with a crack cast conducted by John Mauceri, The Cradle Will Rockcomes across as a thoroughly invigorating, oft prosaic proletarian rallying cry whose libretto style calls to mind productions by the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Read the full review at The San Francisco Classical Voice.

Read more about the CD release here and more about the production of The Cradle Will Rock here.

Purchase a copy of the 2-CD set at Amazon.com

SoundWordSight.com reviews The Cradle Will Rock 2-CD set

Posted July 15th, 2018

Review by Leonard Lehrman for soundwordsight.com

Conductor John Mauceri has done it again, in productions and then recordings, bringing new light to Bernstein and Blitzstein masterpieces that had hitherto not enjoyed the full appreciation they deserve.  First there were the Scottish Opera versions in 1988 of Bernstein’s Candide and in 1991 of Blitzstein’s Regina, both restoring and exploring sketches and other materials that had been cut, some of them for good reason, but giving future producers the opportunity to choose among them.  Now he has conducted, and Bridge Records has released, the original version, with full orchestra, of the work that launched Bernstein’s career at Harvard as conductor, pianist and producer of socially conscious musical theater, Blitzstein’s Brechtian play in music, written “at white heat” in 5 weeks, in 1936: The Cradle Will Rock.

Read the full review, as well as reviews for 2 New Books on Leonard Bernstein at soundwordsight.com

Read more about the CD release here and more about the production of The Cradle Will Rock here.

Purchase a copy of the 2-CD set at Amazon.com

Recording Danny Elfman’s violin concerto in Glasgow

Posted July 7th, 2018

John Mauceri has just recorded Danny Elfman’s violin concerto in Glasgow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for Sony.

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Danny Elfman, John Mauceri, and Sandy Cameron

 

The First Complete Recording of The Cradle Will Rock released

Posted July 6th, 2018

It’s out! The first complete recording of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 Broadway opera, The Cradle Will Rock—with Blitzstein’s original orchestration. The 2-CD set recorded last summer at Opera Saratoga includes a 14-minute discussion by Blitzstein about the tumultuous opening night.

Here’s a bit of information on the production from lithub.com

It is a timely view of America and the power of a rich man and his family to take control of everyone in a city—the newspaper, the church, the scientists, the university—putting his relatives on the bench, working with gangsters, buying up property and influence and fighting the changes in the world around him. Funny, sad, angry, and inspirational. And about time!

Order your copy of the First Complete Recording of The Cradle Will Rock – recorded live at Opera Saratoga in July 2017 – restoring Blitzstein’s brilliant original orchestrations to their full glory. Under the baton of conductor John Mauceri and direction of Lawrence Edelson.

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