Norgard, P.: Der Gottliche Tivoli

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Album 1
1 Vorspiel 10:11 88/24 Album only
2 Prolog I: Ein Totschlag 2:07 88/24 Album only
3 Prolog II: So silbern tont's 1:25 88/24 Album only
4 Prolog III: Gondellied 2:46 $2.49 Buy
5 Act I: Lobgesange mit Absturz (Adolf Wolfli, Doufi, Bianca) 5:20 88/24 Album only
6 Act I: Die automatische Tantzplatte (Vogelis, Doufi, Bianca, Mathilde) 6:32 88/24 Album only
7 Act I: Des Luftschiffers Fall (und Trost des Hausarztes) (Adolf II, Mutti, Lidia Wildermuth) 4:09 88/24 Album only
8 Act I: Die Verwandlungen der Lidia Wildermuth (Gottin Sereena, Doktor, Doufi, Mutti) 2:27 $2.49 Buy
9 Act I: Erwachen im Himmel (D'r Hund zersprengt seine Ketten) (Adolf Wolfli, Gottin Sereena, Mutti) 3:57 88/24 Album only
10 Act I: Katastrophe mit Fall (Die Uhr Schlagt zwolf) (Adolf II, Mutti, Neger, Margritt, Tochter, Doktor) - Wolfli - der Unglucksfall im Arrest (beginning) 8:54 88/24 Album only
Album 2
1 Act I: Wolfli - der Unglucksfall im Arrest (continued) (Adolf Wolfli) 6:52 88/24 Album only
2 Act I: Auferstehung (Adolf Wolfli, Vogelis, All) 1:38 88/24 Album only
3 Act II: Erschaffung - Ameisenfuge (Doufi, Mutti, Adolf, Adolf II) 5:07 88/24 Album only
4 Act II: Fahrt mit dem Tram (Santta Maria, Konigin Cathrine, Doufi, Konig) 3:06 $2.49 Buy
5 Act II: Ist wohl ein Unfall-Arzt zur Stelle? (Adolf Wolfli, Mutti, Adolf, Adolf II) 7:29 88/24 Album only
6 Act II: Des Konigs Kommentar (Konig Alfons XII, Doufi, Adolf Wolfli) 9:05 88/24 Album only
7 Act II: Halleluja - Schlusschor - Der Tanz im Paradies (All) 3:54 88/24 Album only

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Der gottliche Tivoli (The Divine Circus) is Per Norgard's (b. 1932) marvelous portrayal of the Swiss schizophrenic artist Adolf Wolfli (1864-1930). It stands as a key work in contemporary Nordic music drama and present in two acts Wolfli's two periods in life. Wolfli had a rough upbringing in 19th-century Switzerland and confinement in an insane asylum for more than 30 years, but he also produced an endless number of incredible artworks. The encounter with Wolfli's life and art became a significant turning point in Norgard's music, which lead to a series of great works all dealing with chaos and catastrophe. Among those Der gottliche Tivoli, which is presented here on download for the first time in a live performance from Bern Stadttheater in 2008.

A refreshing modern opera full of warmth, whimsy, and weirdness. I implore you, try it.