“Spring has sprung,” announces MasterVoices’ director Ted Sperling with a smile at the beginning of Part III. And indeed, even the doomsayers among us (and I count myself one) can’t help but feel signs of cautious optimism, as the world we knew slowly but noticeably begins to re-emerge.
Among the online creative projects that have anchored the pandemic is this four-part exploration of Adam Guettel’s intriguing puzzle-box of work, Myths and Hymns. It’s an engrossing project, since virtually every element of the piece invites questions—beginning with exactly what it is. Is it a song cycle, an oratorio, a series of tiny miniature operas? Is it serious or comedic? Is it (as the title suggests) about Greek antiquity and religion? Or is it contemporary?
To all these questions, I offer a resounding “yes.”…
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