(2009) AEON 0986
Anu Komsi, Philomela
Susan Narucki, Procne
Lionel Peintre, Tereseus
Jurjen Hempel, conductor
Winner of the l'Orphée d'Or du meilleur enregistrement de musique lyrique du XXIIme siécle de l'Académie du Disque Lyrique 2010 (Best Modern Opera Recording 2010) Paris, France.
British composer James Dillon, inspired by the myth written by Ovid and Sophocles, created his first music theater piece with this visionary work. Philomela is one of the major contemporary lyric successes of the last decade, innovative and emotionally piercing.
"Dillon's multi- layered score, full of anguish and struggle, is a harrowing immersion for the listener, but a gripping one, a churning stew that in this fine performance unshirkingly reflects the extreme carnality of the story."
- The Irish Times
"This is James Dillon's first opera, staged in Porto three years ago, and this recording comes from a concert performance at the same time. Dillon casts the tragedy as a tightly woven three-hander, in which different layers of narration and narrative time, as well as what is performed live and what is pre-recorded, combine to create a complex web of connections between past and present. The ensemble writing is tough and sinewy, the vocal lines highly wrought; it's not a comfortable listen, but it is a fascinating one, and the performance, with Anu Komsi as Philomela and Susan Narucki as her sister, is superbly vivid."
- Andrew Clements, The Guardian