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Songs of Death and Desire

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Originally conceived as a ‘theatrical entertainment’ and first heard at the 2013 Auckland Festival Songs and Dances of Desire consisted of twenty movements, five of them cabaret dances.

Now recomposed by Body into this orchestral song cycle Songs of Death and Desire, these sumptuous songs, full of drama and passion, are given powerful performances by the NZSO and select vocalists.

Includes arrangements of arias from Bizet's Carmen performed by the sensational Chinese male soprano Xiao Ma, and with settings in Spanish and Maori of texts by women about love and life, songs that are greatly enhanced by vocal contributions from Anna Pierard and Mere Boynton.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. KARAKIA FOR CARMEN RUPE by Mere Boynton
  2. SEGUIDILLE from Bizet's 'Carmen'. 'I am ready for love'.
  3. A KISS (for a child) Sung in Maori as a lullaby.
  4. A KISS (saeta). Sung in Spanish. Casting a spell on a lover.
  5. HABANERA Variation I from Bizet's 'Carmen'.
  6. A KISS (for a lover) Sung in Maori, casting a spell on a lover.
  7. CANZONETTA Sung in French, from Bizet's 'Carmen'.
  8. BLACK Sung in Spanish. 'Reduce me to ashes, like a black sun.'
  9. BLACK Sung in Maori. 'Reduce me to ashes.'
  10. THE STRONG BOND (saeta). Sung in Spanish.
  11. HABANERA Sung in French, from Bizet's 'Carmen'. A song of seduction
  12. TO JULIA DE BURGOS. Sung in Spanish. 'I defy convention.'
  13. HABANERA Variation 2 from Bizet's 'Carmen'. Orchestral interlude
  14. WHY PRETEND? Sung in Maori. 'Humiliating the lover'.
  15. DESTINY Sung French, from Bizet's 'Carmen'. 'The inevitability of fate'.
  16. PAIN Sung in Spanish, then Maori. 'Pain gives us what we most need.'
Release date NZ
May 22nd, 2015
Manufacturer code:
Atoll Records New Zealand
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