Dickinson: The Judas Tree

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Dickinson: The Judas Tree



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7th April 2014




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Dickinson: The Judas Tree

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The Judas Tree is the fruit of a collaboration between the poet Thomas Blackburn (1916– 77) and composer Peter Dickinson. The Washington Cathedral performance is captured here.

Blackburn explores the role of Judas in the events leading up to Christ’s passion and death. The varied types of music are deliberately designed to exploit Blackburn’s telling imagery.

Peter Dickinson: The Judas Tree

Introduction to Part I

Listen! The Hounds of the Judge and the Priest

The Tree of Man and God

Yes, I Suppose I Did Try to See That Man’s Point of View

But to the Point

Sharply Defined in Their Crystalline Heaven Like Stars

Yes, I Think it is High Time We Did Something for Judas

He Has Certainly Had an Extremely Raw Deal

Then Judas, Which Had Betrayed Him

Thank You, Matthew, Remarkable Prose

There’s Raw Meat for The Tiger-cub

I Hardly Dare Suggest

Now Here’s a Curious Kettle

And That is True

Can You, in All Conscience, Attribute That Statement


Introduction to Part II

The Viaticum or Last Communion

Ecce Agnus Dei Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi

I Am Most Familiar with the Ways of the Dead

Listen to Me

Requiem Aeternam Dona Ei, Domine

Betrayest Thou the Son of Man With a Kiss

Introduction to Part III

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

Number One, Number Two, Number Three

Men and Women

It is a Lamentation of Dust in the Heart of the City

Left, Left; Left, Right, Left


Gramophone Magazine

August 2014

“The singers are well deserving of praise, the apostles in particular, and the chorus enliven the drama with their spirited singing, despite the restrictive recording...The Judas Tree may be a period piece but it is a fascinating one, a slice of 1960s memorabilia from that extraordinary cultural decade.”

Musical Opinion

Autumn 2014

“This remarkable work, now approaching half a century since it was written, will surely come as a epiphanal discovery to many listeners...The performance is compelling and wholly convincing, well recorded…the sound is excellent – and one’s only reservation is why is this impressive piece not better known? It most certainly deserves to be.”

International Record Review

November 2014

“This is another of Dickinson’s pieces that is emphatically worth hearing – often disturbing and often moving.”

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