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The Grapes of Wrath – Minnesota Opera

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The Grapes of Wrath composed by Ricky Ian Gordon

Minnesota Opera; Grant Gershon, conductor

world premiere recording; recorded on February 10, 13, 15, 17 & 18, 2007 at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota; copyright 2008

reissue not listed elsewhere in this discography
Amazon Music Streaming & MP3 files; reissued in 2014

Genre: contemporary opera
Publisher: PS Classics, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Label: PS Classics PS-866 (3 compact discs)

"You couldn’t ask for a more comfortably appointed evening of vintage musical Americana. Yet, with a slyness worthy of Weill, Gordon wields his hummable tunes to critical effect."

- The New Yorker

"Gordon and Korie and Minnesota Opera have found the timeless and timely essence of Steinbeck’s epic."

- The Los Angeles Times

"Nothing short of incandescent."

- Variety

"The great American opera? Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath might be it.” “In three acts divided into 33 scenes, “GOW” is of epic sweep and of a mesmerizing grandeur that makes the audience participants in the Joads’ flight from Oklahoma to California in the depth of the Great Depression."

- Wes Blomster writing in Opera Today – Opera News, Commentary, and Reviews from Around the World, February 17, 2007

"A splendid, almost perfect production that is smart, funny, touching and harrowing, in all the right places."

- Minneapolis Star Tribune