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Peter Dickinson's
'The Judas Tree' -
heard by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... a notable performance ...'

Thomas Blackburn and Peter Dickinson: The Judas Tree - a musical drama of Judas Iscariot. © 2014 Heritage Records

I remember this powerful work from its performances in 1965, when I was a colleague of Peter Dickinson; it has since lost none of its ability to grip. Perhaps the twelfth disciple did indeed hang himself from a Judas tree, that strange phenomenon which puts forth its purple flowers before producing any leaves. For most of the work Judas is masked, supine on a bier before the altar, and silent while main characters in the crucifixion drama play out their parts, and a Nazi commandant fulminates against non-Aryan subversives including the Jew, Jesus.

This performance of March 1967 comes from Washington National Cathedral, which does its best to imitate the seats of our own archbishops...

Copyright © 15 July 2014 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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PETER DICKINSON: THE JUDAS TREE

PETER DICKINSON

UNITED KINGDOM

HERITAGE RECORDS

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CHORAL MUSIC

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