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Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew / BBC Singers

> The Wandering Jew - Scene 6, Part V: Roll up, roll up … (Showman, Crowd, Wandering Jew)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 6: Interlude
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 7: Having had a narrow escape from the angry (Wandering Jew, Beggar, Jesus, Chorus of Spirits)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 7: Interlude
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 8: Daybreak, the sand grows warm (Wandering Jew, Angels of Conscience)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 3, Part I: Centuries of wandering made me lose all sense of passing Time (Wandering Jew, Cantor, Congregants, Old Man)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 3, Part II: Mama, may we hear a tale? (Child 1, Child 2, Widowed Mother)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 3, Part III: They're asleep (Wandering Jew, Mother)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 3: Interlude
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 4: I know what this waiter will say (Wandering Jew, Walter, Faust, Mephistopheles)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 4: Interlude
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 5, Part I: What is this place, so wild, so cold? (Kundry, Faust, Odin)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 5, Part II: This mortal God (Odin, Faust, Kundry, Wandering Jew)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 5: Interlude
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 6, Part I: By canals, in streets overflowing with life (Revellers, Wandering Jew)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 6, Part II: Venice's Carnival … the human need for song, dance, food, drink, companionship (Wandering Jew, Chorus, Beggar)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 6, Part III: I've seen centuries of dancers (Wandering Jew, Fortune-Teller)
> The Wandering Jew - Scene 6, Part IV: For some time I wandered amongst the crowds of swirling (Wandering Jew, Revellers)

Album Summary

>Saxton, Robert : The Wandering Jew, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Times
This project blew me away...Saxton's tonal (or modal) musical language ranges from the cinematic spectacular to rapt spirituality. And the piece is compellingly delivered by a strong cast led by Roderick Williams as the Jew. Saxton calls it a "radio opera". That's too pessimistic. It deserves staging.

The Guardian
Musically, some of the score is striking, its modality very different from the style of Saxton's earlier works...The performance... is first rate; it's a major undertaking that has been realised with great care.

BBC Music Magazine
There's a hint of Wagnerian majesty in the [Odin] scene, otherwise the shadow of Britten lies long over the music, not only in the shape of the melodic lines, but also in the clarity of the orchestration. Baritone Roderick Williams is impressive in the title role...and all the smaller parts are well filled.

The Observer
The score, often tonal but employing ethereal electronic techniques, is delicately coloured and lyrical, more meditation than opera...As the narrator mourns the lawless revellers and surveys total devastation and "the Temple flames" which "herald no dawn", this heartfelt work takes on new urgency.

International Record Review
Roderick Williams bring his customary authority and insight...The BBC Singers acquit their solo and choral roles with conviction, while Andre de Ridder secures playing of clarity and refinement from the BBC Symphony Orchestra...A near-exemplary presentation of the work that offers much of substance in its treatment of an age-old yet continually relevant narrative, and which anyone at all interested in English-language opera needs to hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1 (2008-12-18_2008-12-19&2009-).



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Works Details

>Saxton, Robert : The Wandering Jew, opera
  • Performers: Brindley Sherratt (Bass); Graeme Danby (Bass); Michael Bundy (Bass); Elizabeth Poole (Soprano); Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor); Louise Winter (Mezzo Soprano); Robert Johnston (Harp); Timothy Mirfin (Bass); Teresa Cahill (Soprano); Olivia Robinson (Soprano); Charles Gibbs (Bass); Alison Smart (Soprano); Adrian Peacock (Bass); Rebecca Lodge (Voice); Jeffrey Roberts (Bass); Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone); Hilary Summers (Alto); Jeremy White (Bass); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: André Ridder
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1 (2008-12-18_2008-12-19&2009-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta