The Mother of Us All

The Mother of Us All is one of the few truly great American operas. The second and final collaboration between Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein (she died before hearing the score), Mother is marvelous poetic theater, fusing Stein's rich and  resonant libretto with Thomson's "memory-book of Victorian play-games and passions -- with its gospel hymns and cocky marches, its sentimental ballads, waltzes, darned-fool ditties, and intoned sermons -- a souvenir of all those sounds and kinds of tunes that were once the music of rural America." (Thomson's own description).

New World Records is proud to have produced the premiere recording of the complete opera, available here on CD or direct download; with extensive liner notes and clips (free as always).

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