This inexpensive CD features the terrific voice of Bryn Terfel and a stirring performance of Walton's great work. The text, taken directly from the King James Version of the Bible by Osbert Sitwell, has been intelligently chosen: it begins with Isaiah's prophecy that Israel will be taken away to Babylon, continues with the lament in Psalm 137 which begins "By the waters of Babylon we sat down" then proceeds through the book of Revelation prophecies about Babylon the Great, before focussing on Daniel's account of Belshazzar's Feast. The work concludes by going back to Revelation to the song of rejoicing sung by the people of God when Babylon is no more.
Many cheaper CDs do not include the libretto, but this is not the case here.
I have not yet warmed to Vaughan Williams' Job, but have only listened to it a couple of times.
But the Walton is worth my 5 star rating.