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Posted October 1, 2010
This is definitely one of the most incredible pieces I have ever heard. It is rather unusual at times, but refreshingly so. I could feel that Tavener had really captured something in his music that many composers fail to, and it was breathtakingly executed by the Minnesota Orchestra, with Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis on violin. Her confidence and pure emotion were evident throughout. I have seen her play with the orchestra at Orchestra hall, Minneapolis, and I truly beleive that she is one of the most talented violinists in the country. This piece was commissioned for her, and she deserved it. The performance venue also played a significant role in this piece. The Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minnesota, added an ethereal element to the music. i disagree with anyone who says that the music is insufferably repetitive, because the liner notes tells us that Tavener intended for the music to symbolize the never-ending quest for Divine Love and a longing for God, and once you hear just a few minutes of it, you won't mind hearing it again! This music is haunting and powerful, a must for any music-lover.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.