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Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew Double CD


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  • Conductor: Andre de Ridder
  • Composer: Robert Saxton
  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: NMC Recordings
  • ASIN: B00512YMII
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Scene 1, Part 1: A Nazi death camp during World War IIRoderick Williams, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Scene 1, Part 2: Flashback to Jerusalem, 70ADRoderick Williams, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. InterludeBBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Scene 2: The desert at nightRoderick Williams, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. InterludeBBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor0:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Scene 3, Part 1: The synagogue, Cordoba, Spain, 11th centuryRoderick Williams, baritone / Jeremy White, bass / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Scene 3, Part 2: The Ballad of the Wandering JewRoderick Williams, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Scene 3, Part 3: An olive grove at nightRoderick Williams, baritone / Teresa Cahill, soprano/ BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 7:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. InterludeBBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor0:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Scene 4: Auerbach's Cellar, Leipzig, 16th centuryRoderick Williams, baritone / Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts, tenor / Brindley Sherratt, bass / Louise Winter, mezzo / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 7:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. InterludeBBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Scene 5, Part 1: Wild terrain - Odin's rebirthRoderick Williams, baritone / Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts, tenor / Brindley Sherratt, bass / Louise Winter, mezzo / Graeme Danby, bass / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 7:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Scene 5, Part 2: Odin's three criesRoderick Williams, baritone / Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts, tenor / Brindley Sherratt, bass / Louise Winter, mezzo / Graeme Danby, bass / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. InterludeBBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Scene 6, Part 1: Venice - Carnival, early 18th centuryRoderick Williams, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Scene 6, Part 2: Venice - the Wandering Jew encounters the Beggar/JesusRoderick Williams, baritone / Tim Mirfin, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Scene 6, Part 3: The Wandering Jew's ariosoRoderick Williams, baritone / Hilary Summers, mezzo / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Scene 6, Part 4: The Wandering Jew passes through the CarnivalRoderick Williams, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Scene 6, Part 5: The Mystery PlayRoderick Williams, baritone / Simon Paisley Day, speaker / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 6:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Interlude: Whirling through TimeBBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 1:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Scene 7: The World War II death campRoderick Williams, baritone / Tim Mirfin, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor14:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. InterludeBBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Scene 8: The desert in daylightRoderick Williams, baritone / BBC Singers / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andre de Ridder, conductor 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Robert Saxtons long-awaited radio opera, commissioned by the BBC, is a modernist take on the tale of the Wandering Jew the shoe-mender condemned by Jesus to wander the Earth until the Second Coming after he refused to help him on his way to his Crucifixion. The opera introduces many legendary characters, following medieval and other myths, including Faust, Mephistopheles, Kundry and Wotan. Underneath its surface lies a structure relating to the annual cycle of Jewish and Christian festivals in eight scenes of sweeping orchestral and choral music, enhanced by studio post production from Antony Pitts.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RoCoco on 8 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This impressive work, which is in some ways very different from Robert Saxton's earlier music, is a piece to move, entrance and provide much food for thought. For such a weighty topic, it is handled with a light touch, and it is a real journey the composer takes us on. The libretto is very fine (by the composer) and the music, which is largely modal, is clearly in the English tradition of Tippett, and even further back to the Tudor period. Warmly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Attractive Tonal Work From A Former Avant Gardist 11 Jan. 2012
By James S. Eisenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
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