PETER MAXWELL DAVIES (b.1934): Resurrection.
Catalogue Number: 08Q070
Format: CD reissue
Description: Though first begun back in the 60s, this operatic provocation wasn't completed until 1987 when its attacks on state, church and media via a black comic pastiche of hymn tunes, marching bands, rock music, saccharine waltzes and banal TV ads may have seemed oh, so late 60s. Looking back from almost 20 more years now, we can enjoy it as a vivid musical cartoon, its deliberate stylistic jolts a language tacitly understood by composer and present-day audiences. Did I mention that there's a mute child whose penis turns into a machine gun which is turned against the audience? 2 CDs. Libretto available on-line. Della Jones (mezzo), Christopher Robson (countertenor), Martyn Hill (tenor), Henry Herford (baritone), Blaze (rock band), BBC Philharmonic; Peter Maxwell Davies. Original 1995 Collins Classics release.