Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth"

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Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth"

Post by Modernistfan » Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:45 pm

Next month, Decca (yes, Decca!) will release a recording of Julia Wolfe's hour-long oratorio "Fire in My Mouth," with The Crossing, the Young People's Chorus of New York City, and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden. This work tells the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York in 1911, when a fire broke out in a garment factory and 146 workers died; they were either burned to death, died by smoke inhalation, or jumped to their deaths from the burning building (nearly all of the exits were locked and there was no alarm). Most of the victims were young women who were either Italian immigrants or Eastern European Jewish immigrants. This galvanized the trade union movement and the movement for workplace safety (we saw the memorial when we were in New York a few years ago).

This will be a must-buy for me.

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Re: Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth"

Post by diegobueno » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:14 pm

Sounds interesting.
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Re: Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth"

Post by John F » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:49 am

Apart from the merits of the work, this recording may be significant as the New York Philharmonic 's return to recording with a major label. Whether their contract is with the Philharmonic or Jaap van Zweden I don't know, and it's important.

This is one of many new works, American and foreign, that van Zweden has conducted in his first season as the Philharmonic's music director, answering the speculation in the press that he wouldn't be doing much in this line. I suppose that was based on his repertoire with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, but of course musically Dallas is not New York.
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