- Eternity's Sunrise, for soprano & baroque ensemble
- Song of the Angel, for soprano, violin & strings
- Petra, for string ensemble & voices
- Sappho: Lyrical Fragments, for 2 sopranos & strings
- Funeral Canticle, for chorus
John Tavener: Eternity's Sunriseby Paul Goodwin
The pure, vibratoless sound of Baroque instruments is well suited to John Tavener's ethereal style. "Eternity's Sunrise" was composed for the Academy of Ancient Music, and the fine whine of the Academy's gut-strung violins emphasizes the music's exoticism, effectively expressing Tavener's longing musical gaze toward Byzantium. The other four works on this disc -- also world premiere recordings -- were not written for Baroque instruments, but they sound marvelous in these renditions. Violinist Andrew Manze plays "Song of the Angel" exquisitely, creating a sense of the "ecstatic breath" that Tavener calls for. Soprano Patrizia Rozario, a favorite of the composer, sings with exceptional purity of tone, especially in the delicately mysterious strands of "Sappho: Lyrical Fragments," and she is perfectly matched by soprano Jane Gooding. The extended "Funeral Canticle" is repetitive, but so haunting that the listener is easily swept away. Harmonia Mundi's recording deserves special mention for its aurally radiant atmosphere.
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- Harmonia Mundi Fr.
Performance CreditsPaul Goodwin Primary Artist
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