John Tavener: A Portrait

John Tavener: A Portrait

     
 

A deluxe sampler covering the work of nearly 40 years, John Tavener: A Portrait has much to offer, including 19 musical tracks, a 46-minute interview with the composer, and a biographical essay detailing the key events and ideas in his life and work. Of primary interest is the premiere recording of Tavener's intense "Prayer of the HeartSee more details below

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A deluxe sampler covering the work of nearly 40 years, John Tavener: A Portrait has much to offer, including 19 musical tracks, a 46-minute interview with the composer, and a biographical essay detailing the key events and ideas in his life and work. Of primary interest is the premiere recording of Tavener's intense "Prayer of the Heart," convincingly performed by Icelandic pop singer Björk and the Brodsky Quartet. The text of the Orthodox Christian "Jesus Prayer" -- in Greek, Church Slavonic, Coptic, and English -- is set in fairly static sequences, which gradually progress through a spiritual scheme of halting trepidation, ecstatic aspiration, and, ultimately, serene acceptance. Björk was chosen by Tavener for her unschooled and unaffected singing style, and it is clear that her emotionally exposed performance meets his expectations. While her raw and breathy delivery may not suit everyone's taste, Björk deserves credit for plumbing the work's expressive depths and bringing off a difficult, highly inflected vocal line with assurance and authenticity. Naxos, in coordination with Coro, Nimbus Records, Divine Art, NMC, and Reference Recordings, has put together a handsome package that may lead listeners to seek out the original albums from which this disc was compiled, and further explore the evolution of England's most esoteric composer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943815229
catalogNumber:
8558152-53
Rank:
360075

Tracks

  1. In alium, for high soprano, strings, piano, grand organ, Hammond organ, bells, gongs & four-track tape: Section A  - John Tavener  - Eileen Hulse  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa  - Hannah Davies
  2. To a Child Dancing in the Wind, for soprano, flute, harp & viola: Movement I. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven  - John Tavener  -  Aureole Trio  - Heidi Grant Murphy  - Hannah Davies
  3. The Lamb, for chorus  - John Tavener  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Hannah Davies
  4. The Tyger, for chorus  - John Tavener  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Hannah Davies
  5. Ikon of Light, for chorus & string trio: Movement I. FOS I, DOXA  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  -  Sixteen  - Hannah Davies
  6. Ikon of Light, for chorus & string trio: Movement II. PIU INTENSITA  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  -  Sixteen  - Hannah Davies
  7. Mandelion, for organ: Extract  - John Tavener  - Kevin Bowyer  - Hannah Davies
  8. Chant, for guitar: Extract  - John Tavener  - Jonathan Richards  - Hannah Davies
  9. Ikon of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, for chorus: Extract  - John Tavener  - James Lancelot  -  Durham Cathedral Choir  - Hannah Davies  - Ian Shaw
  10. The Protecting Veil, for cello & orchestra: Section I  - John Tavener  - Maria Kliegel  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa  - Hannah Davies
  11. Mary of Egypt, opera (ikon in music & dance) sor soloists, choruses, orchestra and tape: Act III. Bless Duet  - John Tavener  -  Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble  - Lionel Friend  - Patricia Rozario  - Stephen Varcoe  - Hannah Davies
  12. Akhmatova Songs, for soprano & cello (or string quartet): No. 5. The Muse  - John Tavener  - Patricia Rozario  -  Vanbrugh Quartet  - Hannah Davies
  13. Diódia, for string quartet: Solemn -  - John Tavener  -  Vanbrugh Quartet  - Hannah Davies
  14. Diódia, for string quartet: [rehearsal letter I]  - John Tavener  -  Vanbrugh Quartet  - Hannah Davies
  15. Song for Athene, for chorus  - John Tavener  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Hannah Davies
  16. Zodiacs, for piano  - John Tavener  - Hannah Davies  - Thalia Myers
  17. Prayer of the Heart, for voice, Tibetan bells, monastery bell & string quartet  - John Tavener  -  Brodsky Quartet  - Hannah Davies  -  Björk
  18. Ikon of Eros, for violin & orchestra: Movement I. (Éros)  - John Tavener  - Jorja Fleezanis  - Paul Goodwin  -  Minnesota Orchestra  -  Minnesota Chorale  - Hannah Davies
  19. Mother and Child, for chorus, organ & Hindu temple gong: Extract  - John Tavener  - Nigel Short  - Hannah Davies  -  Tenebrae
  20. John Tavener Reflects ... A Recorded Interivew  -  Recorded Sound  - John Tavener  - Hannah Davies

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