John Tavener: Ikon of Light

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Roughly half of Sir John Tavener's output is choral music, and his renown is largely due to this body of work. While most of his music is sacred, Tavener seldom writes in an anonymous or traditional church style. His music bears the stamp of his Orthodox Christian faith and is often derived from Byzantine chant, but his use of canons, dense harmonies, and sharp contrasts of timbre reveal that modern British choral techniques are influential as well. This is a collection of pieces composed in the 1980s, a period during which Tavener's work was rather varied. The two "Hymns to the Mother of God," along with "Eonia," are the simplest works structurally, but they represent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Roughly half of Sir John Tavener's output is choral music, and his renown is largely due to this body of work. While most of his music is sacred, Tavener seldom writes in an anonymous or traditional church style. His music bears the stamp of his Orthodox Christian faith and is often derived from Byzantine chant, but his use of canons, dense harmonies, and sharp contrasts of timbre reveal that modern British choral techniques are influential as well. This is a collection of pieces composed in the 1980s, a period during which Tavener's work was rather varied. The two "Hymns to the Mother of God," along with "Eonia," are the simplest works structurally, but they represent Tavener's love for complex harmonies achieved through layered voices. "The Lamb" and "The Tiger" are effective settings of Sir William Blake's poetry and convey the poems' sentiments without obvious tone painting. "The Virgin" is a joyous song based on metrical changes evocative of those in Eastern dances. "The Ikon of Light" is the most dramatic work on the disc, and a radiant mood is sustained throughout its seven mystical movements. The Sixteen, under the direction of Harry Christophers, offer an immaculate sound wholly appropriate to these transparent pieces.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2003
  • Label: Coro
  • UPC: 828021601521
  • Catalog Number: 16015
  • Sales rank: 138,766

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hymns (2) to the Mother of God, for chorus: A Hymn to the Mother of God - John Tavener & Harry Christophers (3:26)
  2. 2 Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God, for chorus - John Tavener & Harry Christophers (5:00)
  3. 3 The Lamb, for chorus - John Tavener & William Blake (3:41)
  4. 4 The Tyger, for chorus - John Tavener & William Blake (6:06)
  5. 5–15 Ikon of Light, for chorus & string trio - John Tavener & Harry Christophers (41:33)
  6. 6 Today the Virgin, for chorus - John Tavener & Harry Christophers (2:48)
  7. 7 Eonia, for chorus - John Tavener & Harry Christophers (4:42)
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Harry Christophers Primary Artist
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