A pupil of Dame Elisabeth Lutyens, Robert Saxton's earliest works were atonal and challenging. (One thinks especially of the intense Historical/Religious opera CARITAS.)
Many years later, he seems to have evolved a style based on extended but sometimes surprisingly traditional sounding tonality. Mahler, and even some of the great Late-Romantic English composers (Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams) are not outside of the realm of suitable comparisons. This radio opera is a big boned old-fashioned work, and some of it is quite moving.
The composer's libretto follows the 'Wandering Jew' from ancient times up to WWII, and introduces characters such as Faust, Mephistopheles, Jesus and Kundry (!) into the mix.
This is intelligent music making, and has an fascinating libretto.
Written for narrator, soloists, chorus and large orchestra, the work gets a superb performance and sound recording from the BBC.
There are excellent liner notes and full texts...Once again praise is due to the NMC label for making this work available to us.