Notes & Reviews:
HAPTADAMA is a concert-length a cappella opera for 40 solo voices that recounts the creation story of the ancient Zorastrians. The texts for this work are drawn from the Bundahin, a document with its recorded origins in the 6th or 7th century CE, and the Gathas which are hallowed as the words of Zarathutra (known as Zoroaster in Greek). This opera was recorded in the superlative acoustics of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle, and is the first full-length recording of the music of Eric Banks.
American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The notes are interesting and revealing, and we get full texts and translations. This is probably the only chance you'll ever get to have a peek at the original Gatha script (you won't find it anywhere else, unless you know a Zoroastrian priest or scholar). Sound quality is excellent. This won't be everybody's cup of tea, but the more "esoterically" minded will find it fascinating and rewarding.
Recording information: Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle, WA (05/23/2010).
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Works DetailsBanks, Eric : Haptâdama :: The Seven Creations of Ancient Persia, for chorus
- Conductor: Eric Banks
- Ensemble: The Esoterics
- Running Time: 71 min. 12 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Written: 2007-2010