The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol

The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol

Description: 
Dickens in 3D
Composers: 
Jon Deak
Performers: 
20th Century Consort
William Sharp
Christopher Kendall
Catalog Number: 
#545
Genre: 
new classical
Collection: 
theater
solo voice
children
audiophile
Location: 

Washington, DC

UPC: 
726708654528
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Nov 25, 2000
Liner Notes: 
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Format: 
1 CD
Deak, J.: The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas CaroliTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Introduction: The Story Teller02:15$0.99
2.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act I Scene 1: London, Christmas Eve03:02$0.99
3.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act I Scene 2: Scrooge in his Office04:22$0.99
4.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Interlude: Walking Home02:50$0.99
5.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act I Scene 3: Scrooge and Marley05:25$0.99
6.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Finale: Marley's Message04:16$0.99
7.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Introduction: Tick-Tock Travail02:52$0.99
8.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 1: The First Ghost Appears01:29$0.99
9.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 1: The Ghost of Christmas Past01:15$0.99
10.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 1: Scrooge Travels Back in Time… Boyhood02:36$0.99
11.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 1: Scrooge's Nephew01:17$0.99
12.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 1: His Lost Love01:31$0.99
13.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 2: The Second Ghost Appears01:11$0.99
14.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 2: The Ghost of Christmas Present01:27$0.99
15.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 2: Cratchit's Home02:31$0.99
16.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 3: Ghost of the Future - Traveling Forward in Time01:16$0.99
17.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 3: The Gravediggers - Tiny Tim's Memorial01:43$0.99
18.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Act II Scene 3: The Passion: Scrooge Confronts his Doom02:43$0.99
19.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Interlude: Dreaming02:14$0.99
20.The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol: Finale: Dawn, Christmas Morning03:11$0.99

The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol

One Sheet: 

Performed by the 20th Century Consort conducted by Christopher Kendall and featuring William Sharp, baritone, this recording  presents Jon Deak's brilliantly inventive music, bringing Dickens' beloved masterpiece into vivid and  delightful relief.

William Sharp's irresistible voice and astonishing ability to portray multiple characters create a portrait not only of Scrooge's crusty exterior, but also of his inner psychological turmoil.  Already in live performance, this work has shown itself utterly engaging to children, teenagers and adults of all ages. 

Conceived as a crossover of concert drama, opera and radio play, a distinctive feature of Deak's style is the dramatic role of the instrumentalists.  All ten players step virtuosically to "stage front", actually embodying the story's characters such as Cratchit, Marley and the Christmas Ghosts. 

An extraordinary dimension of this recording is the innovative conception of recording engineer and sound designer Curt Wittig. Recorded in surround sound and incorporating subtle, scene-suggestive sound effects, this recording will delight the audiophile as well as the music-loving public.  Three-dimensional stereograms by artist Preston Wright are also included to bring Scrooge to life using Victorian technology. 

Reviews: 

WASHINGTON POST

"Deak's thorough retelling of 'A Christmas Carol' is a marvel of musical ingenuity...it was one of the most vivid and memorable concerts I have attended...." "Deak has taken up the story of Scrooge with zest, vigor and the kind of narrative skill that has won him a substantial and devoted audience in Washington." - Joseph McLellan

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"The dramatic compositions of bassist Jon Deak inhabit an original world of their own. This is his longest piece to date. It is a sensitive retelling of the Dickens story, told by Scrooge himself, with assistance from Marley (also portrayed by the omnipresent Sharp) and the members of the orchestra whose musical lines comment on the action, and who also make some vocal contributions. This works well. Deak reports that it took a long time to come to the conclusion that other characters would inevitably be there to criticize Scrooge, while the change that takes place in him really comes from inside himself. Sharp performs his difficult role, part sung, part spoken, with total conviction and enthusiasm; and the orchestra, as usual in Deak's pieces, comments with commitment and clarity. There is something special about the blend of elements in Deak's compositions. He has taste and a gift for meaningful gestures worthy of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and infinitely superior to most other examples of the genre. This would make a fascinating Christmas gift. The notes, by the way, contain pictures of the action that one may see in 3D by crossing ones eyes sufficiently. I couldn't do it, but maybe you'll have better luck." - Moore

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

"Somewhere between a musical composition and an audio book, a tremendously engaging work of theater and music." - Andy Druckenbrod

MUSIC AND VISION

"William Sharp rose to the role of Scrooge with magnificent zest and skill." "... a kind of hi-tech radio play… the nine instruments of the excellent 20th Century Consort… Baritone William Sharp, in a skillful spoken and sung role, plays all the characters." - Keith Bramich