PHI CD 145: DANIEL IN BABYLON A Monodrama with Music
Music by Francis Jackson Drama by John Stuart Anderson
Francis Jackson - Organ John Stuart Anderson St Peter's Singers Simon Lindley - Director
Recorded at Leeds Parish Church First Commercial Recording
The origins of this remarkable work date back almost forty years when the actor, director and playwright John Stuart Anderson commissioned Dr Francis Jackson, to write the musical score. This enterprise was undertaken expressly for the festival arranged to celebrate the consecration of Coventry Cathedral, in 1962. Daniel in Babylon comprises the Old Testament story of Daniel, The Burning Fiery Furnace, Belshazzar's Feast, The Lions' Den, Susannah and the Elders and Bel and the Dragon. All the characters are portrayed by one actor in a highly charged Monologue. The matchless, gripping prose of the King James version of the biblical narrative ensures that these age-old tales come up startlingly fresh and vivid. The musical score written by Francis Jackson rates as one of his finest and most expansive works.