|Martinu as a child playing the violin|
(Recke pasije-the original Czech title) which is based on the Nikos Kazantzakis novel 'Christ Re-Crucified"(on DVD)-sung in English.
Which I liked, truly liked!
I felt, Martinu captured the underlying passions, thoughts, feelings - good and evil - well musically.
It is a story eternal with humankind.
Love, hate, envy, illicit passion, betrayal, discrimination, compassion.
Humans being torn by faith in Christian values and utter selfishness.
The music was very lyrical and expressive, never overpowering.
The singing was well done by soloists from Welsh National Opera.
Among them, IMHO, John Mitchison as Manolios. John Tomlinson as Grigoris, the Village Priest and Geoffrey Moses as Fotis, the Priest gave great performances. Artur Davies as Yannakos and Helen Field as Katerina produced some inspired sounds
Here's a sample of the Kyrie Eleison from it.
Filmed in an actual landscape - desert like with sparse vegetation - lent great verisimilitude to the story. Greek Passion, indeed.
Here is the original Greek Orthodox chant which must have inspired the composer and librettist Martinu:
The subject of 'Christ recrucified' may not be to all's taste, but we all can relate to human weakness, even if we don't believe in redemption.
|What did you say to us, Earl?|