Last year we went to see Damon Albarn’s stunning opera, ‘Dr. Dee’ and reviewed it. It was a magical and mystical work and if the story was a bit tricky to follow the music and the staging transported you into another older England.
The opera is based on the life of alchemist and advisor to Elizabeth 1st, Dr. Dee who ended up living in Manchester at Rylands library. The album will be released by Parlophone Records on 7th May 2012.
The soundtrack is a brilliant combination of English folk, afro beat which is captured on the track, ‘Apple Carts’, below.
Dr Dee is 18 tracks of songs and music inspired by the life of John Dee, mathematician, polymath and advisor to Elizabeth I. Described by Albarn as ”Ëstrange pastoral folk’, Dr Dee is a fitting companion to the end of another Elizabethan age. The album combines Albarn’s voice with early English choral and instrumentation alongside modern, West African and Renaissance sounds.