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Mohammed Fairouz’s powerful oratorio could hardly be more of the moment. A blogger, Dawoüd hides in a shelter in a city under military bombardment, no longer able to send out his bulletins, but still committed to writing songs of sorrow and sadness, ‘but also of praise and wonder’. Here, then, is a war requiem that leans to the affirmative, with the voices of children suggesting hope as well as vulnerability. The choral opening is given with shat- tering power, but Fairouz’s score looks for subtlety as well as bombardment and the choirs delivering these psalms (‘Zabur’) are precise and controlled, combining strong emotion with musical accuracy. Here are Gaza, Aleppo, Mosul, cast in music.

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