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Birtwistle, Harrison: The Ring Dance of the Nazarene (2003) 26'
for baritone, tombak, mixed choir and ensemble

Music Text

David Harsent (E)

Scoring

2fl(II=picc).ob(=corA).cl(=Ebcl).bcl.bn-Tombak

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere

11/10/2003
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Roderick Williams, baritone / Martin Allen, tombak / Netherlands Radio Choir / Marcus Creed

Press Quotes

"Composed in 2003 on a specially written text by David Harsent, The Ring Dance of the Nazarene is a pendant to The Last Supper. The Nazarene of the title is Christ, alternately represented by the solo baritone  and the chorus, and the event it depicts is reported in one of the apocryphal gospels; an Iranian drum represents the dance that Christ enacts before his disciples."
The Guardian

Recommended Recording

Roderick Williams/BBC Singers/Nash Ensemble/Nicholas Kok
(c) 2014 Signum Records Ltd (p) BBC
Signum Classics SIGCD368

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