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The start of Part 2 deals with the pair of beasts, one rising from the sea with
seven heads and ten horns, deadly enough to reduce the chorus to rhythmic gibberish
[listen -- No 14, Das Tier aus der Erde, 0:00-0:54]. The second beast ascends
from the earth with dragon voice urging worship of the first. The chorus responds
with a rampage of orgiastic abandon
[listen -- No 14, Das Tier aus der Erde, 1:04-2:40]. There follows a flight
of angels, the third of whom foretells through the tenor Reiner Geissdörfer a
deadly draft of God's wrath for any worshipping the beast
[listen -- No 15, Ankündigung des Gerichts und Seligpreisung, 1:39-2:39].
A threatening voice out of a temple swirling with smoke from the glory of God
bids the seven angels pour out the vials containing the seven last plagues
[listen -- No 17, Die ersten 4 Schalen, 0:00-0:59].
Bach-Chor St Lorenz in the Lorenzkirche, Nürnberg. Photo © 2003 Arne Winkler
Torp conjures next a graphic picture of the whore of Babylon, perhaps more
familiar with the Hudson than the Euphrates, decked with all the worthless finery
and frippery that capitalism at its most global and exuberant can produce. She may
now be comfortably drunk as well in some African suburb on the blood of the starving
and the AIDS-devoted [listen -- No 21, Babylon, 0:00-2:13].
Copyright © 18 January 2004
Robert Anderson, London UK