With the exception of the solo violin, performed by Tim Fisher, (1st Violins, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and two solos from professional baritone Jonathan Prentice, the complete 50 minute soundtrack was written and produced by Richard McLester featuring vocalist Alexandra Wehlau over a 9 month period between August 2013 and April 2014.
How Was The Music Put Together?
About 70% of the music is vocal work. For the choral sections, Richard sung tenor and bass, overdubbing the parts often up to 20 times with Alexandra doing the same for the alto and soprano sections. Even when the pieces sound as if there is more going on, the majority of sound comes from the vocals – for example, Lament of the Tenebrae consists solely of a 40 part choir, lead vocals and a simple percussion section.
The rhythm sections of the CD were all programmed or played live using Native Instruments Maschine. This gives the music a contemporary feel and also meant that the pieces could be done live.
The opening track features a Renaissance Shawm The Lord’s Prayer in ancient Aramaic, the original language of Jesus follows sung by Alexandra Wehlau.
The music then moves through a folk song called River, River (Track 2) featuring Richard playing the Arabian Oud (the Arabic equivalent to a Lute). Tim Fisher (1st Violins, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) features on violin. As The Lord’s Supper is instituted, Jonathan Prentice (professional baritone) opens the powerful choral piece called Sanctus (Track 3).
The CD continues with a passionate Gethsemene (Track 4) (again with original Aramaic words) and follows as Jesus walks The Way Of Grief to a piece called Lament of the Tenebrae (Track 6). At Golgotha (Track 7), a frenzied party of death occurs and Jesus is crucified.
The feature track of the album is We Have Fallen (Over the Edge of the World) (Track 8), a contemporary pop song of love sung by Alexandra Wehlau. There follows the massive Resurrection (Track 9), a reflective and still Agnus Dei (Track 10) and finally to finish a song of hope called Eleutheria (Track 11).
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All music has been written, performed and produced by Richard McLester (www.richardmclester.com) featuring vocalist Alexandra Wehlau.