The first recording of the oratorio in English. This is so wonderful! I truly enjoy this whole CD. I keep playing it over and over! God in Disguise or A God Disguised (Swedish: Förklädd gud) (Op. 24) is a lyrical suite composed in 1940 by Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson to lyrics by Hjalmar Gullberg. The suite is from the composer’s neo-romantic period. It was written for the radio audience when Gullberg and Larsson were both employed by Swedish Radio.
The slaying of Abel by his brother Cain was one of the favourite subjects of the 18th century Italians, at the time when the oratorio was having a phenomenal success in Rome and Venice. It was most probably in one of the palaces of the “Serenissima”, and not a church, that Scarlatti first performed this astonishing “sacred entertainment”, worthy of a “verismo” opera, in 1707… God and Lucifer confront each other in the very soul of Cain, his brother’s voice is heard from heaven, and the “spatial” treatment of the tonal levels all contribute to the effectiveness of what is almost expressionistic music – there is nothing left out of this incredible Baroque Biblical “thriller”!