Adrian Snell / Westminster Cathedral Choir - The Cry: A Requiem For The Lost Child

Thursday 1st July 2004
Adrian Snell / Westminster Cathedral Choir - The Cry: A Requiem For The Lost Child
Adrian Snell / Westminster Cathedral Choir - The Cry: A Requiem For The Lost Child

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Serious Music SMCD27

Reviewed by Steve Best

By parts Oratorio and pop-influenced, this is one of those works that is almost impossible to classify, but which, nonetheless, demands a listen. Four years in the making, 'The Cry' takes as its theme the tragic fate of children the world over, who have met their death as a result of war, terrorism or simply the brutality of everyday life. The selections are often told from the victims' perspectives, and the subjects range from a child incarcerated in the Auschwitz concentration camp, to a Guatemalan street kid and a 10 year old killed along with his brother, sister and mother by a landmine in Kosovo. The subject is sensitively but honestly approached and the result is an extraordinarily poignant insight into just a fraction of what God must feel towards these his little ones. This may at times make for uncomfortable, even disturbing listening, but in an age of increasing antipathy and indifference towards the suffering, this really should be heard.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Out Of The Deep [Listen]
2. Will The Waiting Be Long [Listen]
3. Requiem Aeternam [Listen]

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