MARK GREY (b.1967): Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio.
Catalogue Number: 05K102
Description: Grey adapts Navajo legend and ritual in a cantata about the nightmare of war and the spiritual cleansing of the surviving warrior. The music is bold and dramatic, thoroughly tonal and possessing a strong vein of lyricism in the emotional outpouring given to the soloist, portraying a warrior suffering from, and being healed through the power of tradition and natural order of what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder. An impressive work of quasi-cinematic vividness and directness of utterance. Texts available on-line. Scott Hendricks (baritone), Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Phoenix Symphony; Michael Christie.