The Stoned Guest
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P.D.Q. Bach:  The Stoned Guest (Vanguard CD-6536, LP-6536):  The premiere recording of the Half-Act Opera by P.D.Q. Bach.  

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Performers

bulletEntire fiasco under the supervision of Professor Peter Schickele
bullet The Orchestra of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople Heavy Opera Company under the direction of John Nelson
bullet Marlene Kleinman, mezzanine soprano (Donna Ribalda, a high-born lady of the lowlands)
bullet Lorna Haywood, off-coloratura (Carmen Ghia, a woman of ailing repute)
bullet John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor (Don Octave, an itinerant nobleman)
bulletBernice, houndentenor (Dog)
bullet Will Jordan as Milton Host
bullet Bill Macy as Paul Henry Lung
bulletAmateur Musica Antiqua of Hoople

Track Listing

[1]  Introduction

[2]  Half-Act Opera:  The Stoned Guest, Part One  (P.D.Q. Bach)
          Overture
          Aria:  “Let’s fact it—I’m lost”
          Recitative:  “Boy!”
          Aria:  “Now is the season”
          Recitative:  “Gesundheit!”
          Duet:  “Woe”
          Recitative:  “Hark!”
          Aria:  “Look at me”
          Recitative:  “That’s the end”
          Trio:  “I’m sure I’d be”

[3]  Intermission Feature: Opera Whiz

[4]  Plot Synopsis

[5]  Half-Act Opera:  The Stoned Guest, Completion  (P.D.Q. Bach)
          Recitative:  “I hate to interrupt”
          Quartet:  “Don Octave”
          Finale:  “O saviour”
Announcement

[6]  Two Madrigals from The Triumphs of Thusnelda  (P.D.Q. Bach)
          “The Queen to me a royal pain doth give”
          “My bonnie lass she smelleth”

 

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Audio Samples

Listen to P.D.Q. Bach:  The Stoned Guest:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version.  This Condensed Version gives you the intangible essence of the original recording in one small, easy-to-swallow capsule summary. The hyper folks at Hearer’s Digest have created this sample by slicing, dicing, and splicing, until it somewhat resembles excerpts of the original recording that are “severely truncated, but shorter.”

P.D.Q. Bach:  The Stoned Guest:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version

This Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version is made of excerpts from the following:  Introduction—Overture from The Stoned Guest—Opera Whiz—“Now is the season” and “I hate to interrupt” from The Stoned Guest—Announcement—“My bonnie lass she smelleth” and “The Queen to me a royal pain doth give” from Two Madrigals from The Triumphs of Thusnelda—“Gesundheit!” and “Don Octave” from The Stoned Guest—Plot Synopsis—“O saviour” from The Stoned Guest.

Audio Samples can be played using the free RealAudio player. 

 

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Lyrics

The lyrics for not one, but both of the madrigals from The Triumphs of Thusnelda featured on this album, are printed in their entirety on a separate lyrics page.

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