Join The Dublin Drag Orchestra for a dance on the volcano and travel back in time to 1912 – a year of warm family gatherings, carefree abandons and louche and decadent elegance – a time of calm and tranquility before the approaching storm.
Following their internationally acclaimed debut double album MOTION OF THE HEART and VIVA FRIDA! The Dublin Drag Orchestra present two special Limited Edition 7” Vinyl Singles for the holiday season, Christmas 1912 and One Minute to Midnight, New Year’s Eve 1912.
The two singles are truly collector’s items – made of the highest quality vinyl, each single includes a certificate for a free digital download of the music on the record plus an instrumental bonus track from the opera Médée by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Christmas 1912 and One Minute to Midnight, New Year’s Eve 1912 are also available as an EP digital download titled The Lost Discs.
A Side: Dormite Begli Occhi – Luigi Rossi from the opera Orfeo (2:13)
B Side: Al Imperio d’Amore – Luigi Rossi from the opera Orfeo (1:30)
Dormite Begli Occhi (Sleep beautiful eyes) is the astoundingly beautiful Chorus of Graces that lulls Euridice to slumber.
Al Imperio d’Amore (The empire of love), is a rousing chaconne that takes place before Euridice is killed by a snakebite.
Orfeo is the second of Rossi’s two operas. It was written after he was invited by Cardinal Mazarin in 1646 to go to Paris for that purpose. Orfeo premiered at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris on 2 March 1647. It was one of the earliest operas to be staged in France and its extravagant production was said to have been a contributing cause of the rebellion against Mazarin known as the Fronde.
Catrine Kirkman, Clara Sanabras, Caitríona O’Leary – Sopranos
Ian Honeyman – Tenor
Matthew Baker – Bass
Paulina van Laarhoven and Annalisa Pappano, Treble Viols
David Morris – Tenor Viol
Sarah Perl and Erin Headly – Bass Viols
Siobhán Armstrong – Harp
Jörg Jacobi – Harpsichord
Francesco Turrisi – Percussion
Erin Headly – Music Director
Recording Engineer and Session Producer – John Hadden
Edited, Mixed and Mastered by Andrew Walton
Photography – Laelia Mileri
Graphic Design – Gareth Jones