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Michael Nyman: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Matthew Treviño, Rebecca Sjöwall, Ryan MacPherson, Nashville Opera, Dean Williamson

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat  
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Scene 1: Prologue: Neurology's favorite term is deficit (Neurologist)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
2:35
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Scene 2: The First Examination: Traffic (Dr. P, Mrs. P, Neurologist)
Michael Nyman; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Ryan MacPherson; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
7:40
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Scene 2: The Shoe: Can I help? (Neurologist, Dr. P, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
3:20
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Scene 2: The Slides: You can see very clearly (Neurologist, Dr. P, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
2:06
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Scene 2: The River: What do you see now? (Neurologist, Dr. P, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
4:45
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Scene 2: The Dressing Ritual: …Wife for a hat (Neurologist, Mrs. P, Dr. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Rebecca Sjöwall; Matthew Treviño; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
2:20
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Scene 3: The House Call: Bösendorfer! (Neurologist, Dr. P, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
1:32
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Scene 3: Ich Grolle Nicht (Dr. P, Neurologist, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Matthew Treviño; Ryan MacPherson; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
2:37
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Scene 3: The Solids: But what of the parietal regions (Neurologist, Mrs. P, Dr. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Rebecca Sjöwall; Matthew Treviño; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
6:12
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Scene 3: The Photographs: What is this? (Neurologist, Dr. P, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
3:11
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Scene 3: The Rose: …Lost (Neurologist, Dr. P, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
1:57
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Scene 3: The Glove: Now, what is this? (Neurologist, Dr. P, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
2:12
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Scene 3: The Chess Game: Pawn to King 4 (Dr. P, Neurologist, Mrs. P)
Michael Nyman; Matthew Treviño; Ryan MacPherson; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
2:37
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Scene 4: Testing Visual Memory: The Street: From our end (Dr. P, Mrs. P, Neurologist)
Michael Nyman; Matthew Treviño; Rebecca Sjöwall; Ryan MacPherson; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
2:26
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Scene 5: Paintings As Pathlogy? An Argument: The Paintings: Your husband's a painter (Neurologist, Mrs. P, Dr. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Rebecca Sjöwall; Matthew Treviño; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
5:41
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Scene 6: The Prescription: The Wife: Tell me, how does he manage? (Neurologist, Mrs. P, Dr. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Rebecca Sjöwall; Matthew Treviño; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
1:57
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Scene 7: Epilogue: The Prognosis: I cannot tell you what is wrong (Neurologist, Mrs. P, Dr. P)
Michael Nyman; Ryan MacPherson; Rebecca Sjöwall; Nashville Opera Orchestra; Dean Williamson
5:00
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:08
“Nyman, the musician, does not disappoint here—the taut, short score is indeed minimalist (Nyman is credited with inventing this musical term in 1968) and punctuates the dramatic arc perfectly… this is a rare recording of an important work.”
- The Whole Note

“The score for this opera, with Mr. Nyman giving cues and playing the piano nearly continuously along with two violinists, a violist, two cellists and a harpist, is clearly based on the restless patterning of Minimalism. But it's hardly stuck in the obsessive repetitiveness that annoys some people about Minimalism. And it connects movingly with Schumann's song ''Ich grolle nicht'' (''I don't protest''), which Dr. P. sings as the centerpiece.”
- John Rockwell, The New York Times

This one-act chamber opera from Michael Nyman adapts the book of the same name by Oliver Sacks, a neurological study of a singer suffering from visual agnosia, or mental blindness. This unique work is performed by Matthew Treviño, Rebecca Sjöwell and Ryan McPherson with the Nashville Opera Orchestra and is a lovely recording of a most unusual musical work.
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