Merry Mount - Recordings


A copy of the world premiere broadcast, issued by Naxos in 1998, is available for purchase outside of the United States. A court order barring commercial release of Metropolitan Opera broadcast performances by other companies in the United States prevents its release there. Small snippets of music, missing from the original master discs, are missing from the recording; the release does, however, feature the full commentary of Milton Cross as originally heard on-air.

Not long after the opera's premiere, the composer led a group of student performers in a recording, now long out of print, of excerpts from the piece. Numerous recordings of the orchestral suite exist.

Tibbett recorded Bradford's first-act aria "Oh, 'tis an earth defiled" on 19 January 1934, shortly before his performance of the role at the stage premiere. This was for many years the only excerpt of the opera that was commercially available.

In May 2007, Naxos Records released a complete CD recording of the opera, performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz. This recording was made at the time of an October 1996 concert production of the opera in Seattle, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Hanson's birth.

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