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GREY, M.: Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio (S. Hendricks, Phoenix Symphony, M. Christie)

Composer(s):Grey, Mark
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.559604
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The Phoenix Symphony enjoys a long history of premièring new works that bridge gaps between Western art music and Native cultures. Hailed as ‘a master’, Mark Grey ‘is a composer as well as a sound engineer, and what he is up to has far-reaching implications for the direction that classical music will take this century’ (Los Angeles Times). This recording of Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio is of the world première performance of the first oratorio based on an indigenous North American creation story. ‘Mark Grey’s score is perfectly crafted, impeccably paced, beautifully scored’ (The Arizona Republic).


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

‘War injures everyone it touches and leaves scars on the victors just as much as the vanquished’. Enemy Slayer tells of the Navajo Indians language of healing. I do not pretend to understand the inner meaning of the beliefs of these indigenous North American people, but here the composer, Mark Grey, attempts to bridge the gap between the Navajo people and the rest of the world. The oratorio is based on one man who returns from war so mentally scared that he can no longer become part of them, and all their entreaties fail, as he sees no point in living with the guilt of killing others on his mind. Of course many Americans have that guilt feeling of atrocities their forefathers committed against peaceful Indians and the land they stole



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