Martinu: The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Label: SUPRAPHON
Catalog: SU3918
Format: CD

Marcela Machotková, Jirí Zahradnícek, Václav Zítek & Karel Pruša Prague Philharmonic Choir & Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Martinu’s oratorio The Epic of Gilgamesh (1955) is unusual and, in a way, unique in all the international literature, as exciting and mysterious as the ancient tale on which it is based. The epic, one of the oldest extant examples of written culture, dates back to the beginning of Babylon, and Martinu devoted a number of years to the study of its philosophical basis before beginning to set to music Thompson’s translation of its Neoassyrian version.

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