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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, with little tone and very poor intonation, and the recording makes them sound very distant. The CD is a souvenir of the occasion only.

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