[updated 11 May]
Sam narrated The Flood by Stravinsky at Igorfest: Biblical Works on Wednesday 6 May.
"...The Flood was first broadcast in 1962 and is a light-hearted and witty re-telling of the Fall of Man, God’s anger and the Noah story.
It opened with a choral Te Deum, performed by the excellent New London Chamber Choir.
The scene was set by the narrator, Samuel West, and the story acted out and sung by the versatile Exaudi consort of soloists..."
"...Wednesday's penultimate concert in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's marathon IgorFest was devoted to rarely heard biblical settings, conducted by Sakari Oramo with fine soloists including baritone Roderick Williams and Samuel West as narrator. These strange, unsettling pieces, hieratic, spiky and raw, show Stravinsky at his most arresting. Threni (1958), a choral setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, makes joy out of sparse ritual. A brave, stimulating evening. Where was Radio 3 when you needed it?"