Nicole And The Trial Of The Century (CD) [as in Nicole Brown Simpson - OJ's wife] A New American Opera
Composer: Anthony Newman
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For three decades, the multi-gifted Anthony Newman has been in the public eye as one of America's leading organists and harpsichordists, and as a Bach specialist, composer, teacher, and scholar. About this world premiere recording Mr. Newman says, "The work is dedicated to the memory of Nicole Brown Simpson, and written as a statement against the spousal abuse of women. From the mountain of trial transcripts, as well as books and articles written about Nicole and O.J. Simpson, Raoul Cansino and I have written a libretto in 2 acts: the first tragic, the second comic. The individual songs are introduced by a speaker /reciter, accompanied by timpani, much in the manner of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex. The recording presents a chamber version of this work, with the trial scene curtailed to accommodate the time constraints of a single CD." And the brilliant American composer, Lukas Foss has commented: "Nicole, an amazing musical in the Baroque style! No one recreates the Baroque with Mr. Newman's ease and musicality, modernizing it at the same time. A stunning creative achievement, and the perfect cross-over to the 21st century. Bravo!"
Anthony Newman, composer
Nicole and the Trial of the Century
Musica Antiqua New York, Anthony Newman & Mary Jane Newman, conductors, Melissa Fathman, Malinda Haslett, Susan Lewis, Joel Frederickson, Paul Houghtaling, Mark Heller, David Ossenfort, Amy Butler, Lee Winston, Stephen Tharp, Dan Pincus, Scott Schiffer, soloists
ABOUT ANTHONY NEWMAN:
Anthony Newman is without question America's foremost Baroque interpreter. Described by Wynton Marsalis as "The High Priest of Bach," and by Time Magazine as "The High Priest of the Harpsichord," Newman has maintained a 40-year career as America's leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist. His prodigious recording output includes more than 170 CDs on such labels as CBS, SONY, Deutsch Grammaphon, and Vox Masterworks. In 1989, Stereo Review voted his original instrument recording of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto as "Record of the Year." His collaboration with Wynton Marsalis on SONY's "In Gabriel's Garden" was the best selling classical CD for 1997. As a keyboard artist he has performed more than 60 times at Lincoln Center in New York City, and has collaborated with many of the "greats" of music: Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Eugenia Zukerman, John Nelson, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Levine, Julius Baker, Lorin Mazel, Seji Osawa and Leonard Bernstein. As a conductor, he has worked with the greats of chamber music orchestras: St. Paul Chamber, Los Angeles Chamber, Budapest Chamber, Scottish Chamber, and 92Y Chamber Orchestras. Larger symphonic groups include: Seattle (over 40 appearances), Los Angeles, San Diego, Calgary, Denver, and New York Philharmonic Orchestras. No less prodigious a composer, his works have been heard in Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, New York and London. His output includes 4 symphonies, 4 concerti, 3 large choral works, has written 2 operas: Nicole and Massacre (in collaboration with Charles Flowers), 3 CDs of piano music, and a large assortment of chamber, organ and guitar works. Complete works are published by Ellis Press (tdellismusic.com). Newman has received 30 consecutive composer's awards from ASCAP. Newman is music director of "Bach Works," New York's all Bach association, and Bedford Chamber Concerts, is on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on the board of "Musical Quarterly Magazine." As a person committed to outreach he was a volunteer for Stamford Hospital, a member of Hospice International from 1995 to 2004, and music director of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Bedford, New York.