Tate: The Lodger
By Owen Brannigan, Johanna Peters, Marion Studholme, Joseph Ward, Alexander Young, BBC Northern Orchestra, and Charles Groves. By Phyllis Tate. Classical. 2 listening CDs. Published by Naxos (NX.REAM2119).
Item Number: NX.REAM2119
The Lodger forms part of a select group of British stage works with a horrific or supernatural theme. In Tate's opera, what she referred to as 'the sinister element' is subtle and suggested rather than exaggerated or gratuitous and moments of genuine tension are juxtaposed with other non-sensational elements such as the burgeoning romance between Daisy and Joe and the local colour of the chorus's music hall number. The composer's natural gift for extended, lyrical lines and her capacity to build and dispel tension assist in lending distinction to an atmospheric and cogently constructed piece of music theatre.
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