The Bach Choir, New London Children's Choir, The Philharmonia Orchestra
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano), Gregory Kunde (tenor), Gerald Finley (baritone)
Levels of musical interest rise immediately in Part 1 proper, where a Bengali folksong recorded in Calcutta (the catalyst to the whole project) is overlaid by choral writing and spoken versions of the poem being set. The same technique is later used very effectively in the plangent ‘Macedonia’.
Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, 2/1/2006