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Martin Emslie: Omega and Alpha

MMC106 (2 discs)


Playing time: 28'56"/54'32" - TT 83'28"
Tracks: 9 + 10
Booklet pages: 12
© 2013 Martin Emslie, Music and Media Consulting Limited / MMC Recordings
Received: 23 August 2013

Listen: Martin Emslie: Preparation (Omega and Alpha) (CD1 track 3, 0:00-1:00)

Jonathan Ansell, tenor (Jesus)
Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano (Narrator, Mary)
Gerard Delrez, bass-baritone (Caiaphas, Peter, Herod, Judas, Pilate, Malefactor,Centurion)
The Omega and Alpha Chorus (Castle Cary Choir, Oakfield Choir, All Saints' Church Choir, Castle Cary)
The Omega and Alpha Orchestra
Steven Smith, leader
Martin Emslie, conductor

Martin Emslie:

Omega and Alpha - oratorio


Part I
1 Prologue
2 The Prophecy
3 Preparation
4 The Pharisees object
5 The Predicament of Jesus

Part II
6 The Passover
7 The Dilemma of Judas
8 The Last Supper
9 The Purification


Part III
1 The Garden of Gethsemane
2 The Trial at Herod's Palace
3 The Denial
4 The Death of Judas
5 Pilate
6 Reflection

Part IV
7 The Scourging
8 The Climb to Golgatha
9 The Crucifixion
10 The Resurrection

Recorded 13 April 2013 at a live performance in Wells Cathedral, UK

'Emslie, an experienced choral director and thoughtful composer, has set out to produce a full-scale work along the lines of the Passions of Bach and his era, exploring a range of styles and yet still delivering something musically consistent, intense and appealing.' - Roderic Dunnett


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