Nico Muhly - I Drink the Air Before Me (CD)

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Composer Nico Muhly made his operatic debut with the premiere of Two Boys at the English National Opera. Two Boys has its U.S. premiere in the Met Opera's 2013–14 season.

Nico Muhly - I Drink the Air Before Me (CD)

Composer:  Nico Muhly
Release Date:  September 21, 2010
Michael Clayville (Trombone)
Seth Baer (Bassoon)
Alex Sopp (Flute)
Nico Muhly (Piano)
Sirota (Viola)
Label:  Decca

I Drink the Air I Breathe is a ballet score written by Nico Muhly for the Stephen Petronio Dance Company's 25th anniversary, and this CD was produced in collaboration with Bedroom Community, the Icelandic record label known for avant-garde and cutting edge classical/cross-genre projects.

1. Fire Down Below
2. First Storm
3. Salty Dog
4. Varied Carols
5. Music Under Pressure 1 - Flute
6. Music Under Pressure 2 - Piano
7. Jagged Pulses
8. Music For Boys
9. Music For Gino
10. Music Under Pressure 3 - Ensemble
11. Storm Centre
12. One Day Tells Its Tale To Another

"The score… evokes turbulent undercurrents in which the frantic sounds of flute and strings are woven with the more tumultuous notes of a trombone and piano. Without being literal, the music and choreography create a sonic, ephemeral wave."  – The New York Times

“Writing choral music is one of my greatest pleasures in life; I was a boy chorister with an addiction to the textures and rapturous moments that define the Anglican choral tradition from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first. My sense of line, melody, and harmony all come from strange, specifically choral sources...” – Nico Muhly



Nico Muhly’s Two Boys

Nico Muhly’s acclaimed new work, first seen at London’s English National Opera in 2011, has its U.S. premiere at the Met in the 2013–14 season, in a production directed by Bartlett Sher. The opera, loosely inspired by real events, explores the shadowy world of the Internet, as a detective investigates the stabbing of one teenage boy by another—and discovers a tangled web of online intrigue. The New York Times called Two Boys “a landmark in the career of an important artist…a work of dark beauty.”


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