Siberian composer Roman Stolyar has shaped a remarkable, daring electroacoustic opera. Daring because of its musical architecture as well as because it approaches the controversial topic of the apocryphal gospels of Christianity.
Blending soloist vocals with operatic choirs with electronic accompaniments, rhythms typical of Pop, some elements of Jazz, backgrounds and cosmic passages, and providing the texts with equal doses of criticism and hope, Stolyar offers us a music between the beatific and the apocalyptic, the earthly and the unearthly.
The best theme in the album is, in my opinion, "Agnus Dei", the one closing the album. The cosmic, mysterious, majestic ambience achieved by the synthesizers is impressive, as well as the perfect fusion between them, the chants, the songs and the piano.
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