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Paul Bijlsma, Phosphor, no. 120, August 1, 2006

Norman Bethune was one of North America’s most prominent lung surgeans in Montréal, before he started to fight with the Republican International Brigade in Spain in 1936. Two years later he became a member of Mao Tse Tung’s Communist 8th Army. This album has been dedicated to this man, as Tim Brady used extracts from his letters and poetry of the 1930’s to come up with a modern opera. Michael Donovan’s baritone plays an important role, reciting the long texts, supported by lively piano play and an orchestra.

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