Saturday, July 15

Nigel Westlake - Compassion, Symphony of Songs (2013) - Part 1

Compassion is an award winning composition by Nigel Westlake in conjunction with Lior Attar who is an independent Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter based in Melbourne.

The work was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Ashkenazy for the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Symphony orchestras with the support of Symphony Services International. The work evolved from a collection of rich worlds from Islam and Judaism whose profound and poetic messages capture the essence of a compassionate existence between human beings. The texts represent poems, proverbs and songs which underwrite this universal wisdom. One is drawn to the similarities and the universality of compassion expressed in music. 
Instrumentation:  2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo/alto flute), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, harp, piano/celeste, percussion (5 players), timpani, strings (, tenor voice (amplified).

1. Sim Shalom: Grant Peace -- 2. Eize Hu Chacham?  Who is Wise? -- 3. La Yu’minu: Until You Love Your Brother -- 4. Inna Rifqa: The Beauty Within -- 5. Al Takshu L’vavchem: Don’t Harden Your Hearts -- 6. Ma Wadani Ahadun: Until the End of Time -- 7. Avinu Malkeinu: Hymn of Compassion.

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