BMOP/sound
1065
June 2019
Disc 1: 48:49
Disc 2: 33:52
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Gil Rose, conductor

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Track listing

Disc 1 
 Fantastic Mr. Fox
 Act I
1.Scene I: Dawn in the Valley
2.Scene II: The Foxhole
3.Scene III: Entrance to the Foxhole
4.Scene IV: The Foxhole Interior
5.Entracte: Chorus of Trees
 Act II
6.Scene I: The Foxhole
7.Scene II: The Farmyards of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean
8.Scene III: The Foxhole
9.Scene IV: Outside the Foxhole
Disc 2 
 Act III
1.Scene I: The Devastated Den
2.Scene II: An Obscure Corner of the Forest
3.Scene III: A Glade Near the Devastated Den
4.Scene IV: The Farmyards of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean
5.Scene V: The Farmyards
6.Scene VI: The New Foxhole
7.Scene VII: The Devastated Den

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[CD Review] Opera News reviews Fantastic Mr. Fox

It’s taken Tobias Picker’s second opera more than twenty years to make it to CD, but here it is at last in all its charm and considerable glory. Over the years, Fantastic Mr. Fox has expanded and contracted according to resources available; the original LA Opera staging with Gerald Finley (sporting the title character's  whiskers) was sizable, but a seven-instrument reduction has been a hit at London's Opera Holland Park.

Opera News Full review
[CD Review] ARG reviews Fantastic Mr. Fox

Elsewhere in this iuue I reviewed David Stanhope's opera of Dracula. lamentlng in essence that it was bland, given its subject matter. I also think it has somethlng to do with being able to compose an opera. Tobias Picker knows how to compose an opera and has written a number of excellent works for the stage. Fantastic Mr. Fox (adapted from the Rolad Dahl stories) is delightful from beginning to end. The music is hummable, expertly crafted, and a joy to listen to. There are arias, duets, trios, and even more complicated ensembles.

American Record Guide Full review
[CD Review] Opera Magazine reviews Fantastic Mr. Fox

Tobias Picker's operas have had a varied reception in major venues, with Emmeline (Santa Fe, 1996) and An American Tragedy (Met, 2005) having more initial success than Therese Raquin (Dallas, 2001) and Dolores Claiborne (San Francisco, 2013). Fantastic Mr. Fox was premiered by Los Angeles Opera in 1998, with a cast including Gerald Finley, Jill Grove and Charles Castronovo.

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