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Martin Emslie’s oratorio is a contemporary version of the Easter Passion story which focuses on the relationship between the death of Christ (the Omega) and Christianity’s birth (the Alpha). Somerset-based Emslie is, on the evidence of this work, a talented composer of accessible sacred music (he has a number of smaller pieces to his credit) as well as musical theatre works. Emslie’s gifts as a melodist are not negligible and occasionally remind one of Lloyd Webber. On this recording of the premiere at Wells Cathedral last year, the best of the soloists is mezzo Fontanale-Simmons. Unfortunately, the quality of the amateur chorus assembled for the occasion is inadequate for repeated listening,

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