John Tavener: Ikon of Light

John Tavener: Ikon of Light

by Harry Christophers
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2003
Label:
Coro
UPC:
0828021601521
catalogNumber:
16015
Rank:
213335

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Tracks

  1. Hymns (2) to the Mother of God, for chorus: A Hymn to the Mother of God  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  -  Sixteen
  2. Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God, for chorus  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  -  Sixteen
  3. The Lamb, for chorus  - John Tavener  - William Blake  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  -  Sixteen
  4. The Tyger, for chorus  - John Tavener  - William Blake  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  -  Sixteen
  5. Ikon of Light, for chorus & string trio  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  -  Sixteen
  6. Today the Virgin, for chorus  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  -  Sixteen  - Mother Thekla
  7. Eonia, for chorus  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Members of the Duke Quartet  - P. Sherrard  -  Sixteen  - Angelos Sikelianos

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