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The Second Coming started life as an orchestral work based on the Seven Seals from the Book of Revelation which was then expanded into an orato- rio. In three parts, it opens with prophecies from Matthew and ends with Revelation’s Bowls of Wrath. To set any of Revelation is a daunting task and while American composer Hampson Sisler is an excellent craftsman and orchestrator, for such a subject the writing is understated. The choral lines particularly could have been so much more inventive. Director Marlon Daniel and the Sofia ensemble are excellent musicians, but unfortunately the music is not revelatory, striking neither terror nor expectation.

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