A recording of last year's Luminato Festival production of R. Murray Schafer's Apocalypsis, instigated by Jörn Weisbrodt and directed by Lemi Ponfasio, has appeared on the Analekta label. At the head of a vast array of performers are Laurie Anderson, as John the Revelator; Tanya Tagaq, as the Old Woman; and Brent Carver, in the role of the Antichrist. David Fallis conducts. Having listened several times, I'm in alignment with Robert Harris, who, in a review of the 2015 performance, called the work "never uninteresting, and often stunning." The chaotic furies of the world-destruction sequence make one wonder whether Apocalypsis should be added to the Leverkühnian catalogue; Anderson's dispassionate recitation of the words "King of kings, and Lord of lords" is chillingly anti-Handelian; the ecstatic, long-drawn-out, bell-bellowing coda brings to mind Stockhausen's Samstag, which actually postdates Schafer's piece by a few years. I wish I could have attended the performance in person, but the recording is a compelling document on which the imagination can build.