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Anthony Milner: The Water and the Fire - The Song of Akhenaten
Stephen Roberts, John Elwes, Hazel Holt
Anthony Milner: The Water and the Fire - The Song of Akhenaten
Genres: Opera & Classical Vocal, Classical
 
The Song of Akhenaten Op.5, is a setting for soprano and chamber orchestra of a text based on the utterance of an Egyptian Pharaoh regarded as one of the early monotheists. When The Song of Akhenaten was published by Novel...  more »

      
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All Artists: Stephen Roberts, John Elwes, Hazel Holt, Janet Price
Title: Anthony Milner: The Water and the Fire - The Song of Akhenaten
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Label: Lyrita
Release Date: 4/8/2016
Genres: Opera & Classical Vocal, Classical
Styles: Oratorios, Vocal Non-Opera, Oratorios
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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The Song of Akhenaten Op.5, is a setting for soprano and chamber orchestra of a text based on the utterance of an Egyptian Pharaoh regarded as one of the early monotheists. When The Song of Akhenaten was published by Novello and Co. in 1969, the Musical Opinion critic wrote that it is a pleasure to see a composer writing for the voice, rather than against it, whilst Peter J. Pirie described the vocal part as rewarding. This score ably demonstrates Milners sensitive treatment of texts by creating vocal lines which are both grateful and challenging to sing and by fashioning deft instrumental accompaniments that genuinely enhance his settings. Arguably the highpoint of the composers large-scale choral writing is The Water and the Fire. Lasting around 55 minutes in performance, this substantial dramatic oratorio was completed in 1961 and premiered at Hereford Cathedral on 8 September 1964 as part of that years Three Choirs Festival. The Water and the Fire is a truly visionary piece in that Milners very personal choice of text has had a strong bearing on the character and form of the music resulting in a strikingly powerful and unified conception. The music unfolds in a natural arc, from the jagged harmonies of the opening scene to the tranquil, diatonic closing melody. It is perhaps above all an eminently balanced work counterpoising instinct and logic, passion and intellect within a convincing large-scale statement that is built to last.