The theme of revelation is apocalypse: the end of the world and the coming of Christ in judgment. The date of the composition was probably some time in the A.D. 90s. One of the most controversial and quoted texts of the New Testament, The Revelation of St. John the Divine has inspired and troubled artists, poets, and seers through the ages.
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The Revelation is a sobering work, and Heathcote Williams's narration of the Authorized, or King James, translation is a nice match of reader and text. The tone for the work is set by excerpts from Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem," which begins and ends the narration. Williams's voice is controlled and evenly modulated. The right amount of inflection provides emphasis but is never overdone.
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