OP0611. THE TRANSPOSED HEADS (Peggy Glanville Hicks), recorded 1992, w.David Measham Cond. West Australian S.O; Gerald English, Michael Leighton Jones, Genty Stevens, etc. (Australia) ABC 8.770021 Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 730099502177
“This is a tale of close brotherly friendship, of two men’s love for the same woman, of the drastic and unexpected solution to their problem, and the amazing mistake welling up from the unconscious of the object of their desire; of the realistic, down-to-earth interventions of the Goddess Kali, and the rather preposterous one of a Holy Man.
There are elements here of many literary categories: realistic drama, exotic fantasy, humour and metaphysics. There is violence and passion, too, but one of the subtitles given by the author Thomas Mann to his novella THE TRANSPOSED HEADS (1940), on which the opera is based, was ‘A Whimsical Legend of India’ (the original source is in the Bhagavad-Gita).
Peggy Glanville-Hicks was drawn both to the timelessness of the story and to the knowing modern awareness of Mann’s handling of it. The libretto for her opera is extracted from Mann’s novella (which runs to 70 pages) by a process of deletion. The composer wanted to preserve throughout what she called ‘The sedate fantasy’ of Mann’s style, and does so here in this ambitious and spectacular release from ABC Classics.”
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