Adapted from a fable by the Brothers Grimm, Gunther Schuller’s The Fisherman And His Wife tells the tale of a poor fisherman who discovers a magical fish who grants a series of ever more extravagant rewards to him and his wife.
Originally commissioned by the Junior League of Boston for their 60th anniversary and dedicated to the children of the city, this piece premiered in May 1970 and was adapted for WBZ-TV that autumn.
Full of wit and humour, The Fisherman And His Wife was not performed again until Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera resurrected it in 2015.
This premiere studio recording adds to the legacy of a pillar of the city’s musical community. Boston-based culture magazine, The Arts Fuse, said: “Bravo to Gil Rose and his devoted singers and players for bringing this major work out of undeserved obscurity. May its fame grow as big as a castle!”
“The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, under the direction of Gil Rose, makes the most of a score that offers many opportunities for vivid musical scene painting.” - AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
“It’s a good one for your collection of Modern US milestones... Viva Gunther Schuller!” - GAPPLEGATE
“Conductor Gil Rose, BMOP, and Odyssey Opera bring Schuller's single-act piece to vivid life, and delightful moments abound…” - TEXTURA