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Usher House

Gulbenkian Orchestra

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Poe’s intergrown house and family of Usher are artworks of morbidity and malaise worthy of the spectacular climax he devised for them. He has preferred to make mood everything, saving almost all dialogue and explicit action for the closing scene. There is no moral, no tragic flaw, no explanation. Poe rather gives us the logic of the nightmare, and on this plane his logic is airtight. Probably the safest course in dramatizing this gothic masterpiece would have been to save both letter and spirit as intact as possible. In fact, I found myself taking liberties.
To start, I have made Poe himself the narrator who lives to tell the tale. More radically, I have conceived him and the doomed siblings as types of an ante-bellum warmth and gallantry which hardly exist anywhere in the prose of the real Poe, and must be counter to his purposes here. I have added other gothic staples – forbidden knowledge, a Faustian pact, ghostly ancestors – and have shifted all into a tale of good and evil and redemption. Good means Poe and the siblings, evil means Primus and the ancestors, and Madeline becomes the agent of redemption.

Tracklist

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1.
Prologue - During the whole of a dull, dark and soundless day
01:25
2.
Scene 1 - Can it be five years my friend?
21:11
3.
Scene 1 - She was my model in writing
04:07
4.
Scene 1 - Where is my lady, o where is she gone?
02:55
5.
Scene 2 - Lady Heliane Usher
07:16
6.
Scene 3 - And now it is time to bid our silent farewells
05:02
7.
Scene 4 - We are particularly honored to receive our guest
08:48
8.
Scene 5 - Roderick, I must speak
16:17

Total time: 01:07:01

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PTC5186451

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Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen

Recording location

Grande Auditorio of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release DateAugust 21, 2015

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