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Paul Spicer's Easter Oratorio review

Classic FM Magazine May 2006

Rating: 4 stars

Paul Spicer's Easter Oratorio draws inspiration from Howells, Finzi and, less overtly, Delius and neo-classical Stravinsky, but stands out as much more than a crafty pastiche.

The composer and his librettist Tom Wright, now Bishop of Durham, capture the drama of Christ's passion as told by St John. They also project Easter messages of resurrection and salvation in a conservative language, both musical and verbal, which speaks sincerely and powerfully. An excellent solo team and Spicer's strong direction ensure that the piece soars in its admirable premiere recording.

Andrew Stewart

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