Lamentations and Praises: World Premier Recording

Lamentations and Praises: World Premier Recording

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by Chanticleer
     
 

Lamentations and Praises is a liturgical drama -- a religious theater piece with music, like the medieval Play of Daniel or, closer to our time, Britten's Curlew River. Based on a series of Ikons that are part of the Greek Orthodox church service, Tavener's work is subtle in its theatricality. In fact, it could be said that this is anSee more details below

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Lamentations and Praises is a liturgical drama -- a religious theater piece with music, like the medieval Play of Daniel or, closer to our time, Britten's Curlew River. Based on a series of Ikons that are part of the Greek Orthodox church service, Tavener's work is subtle in its theatricality. In fact, it could be said that this is an interior drama and that listening to it conjures up not only visual images but also the smell of incense and the cool, heavy air of an ancient church. It was written expressly for the American all-male a cappella vocal ensemble Chanticleer, and the group had to learn to sing the microtonal inflections featured in the orthodox Byzantine style. Tavener was reportedly so impressed with Chanticleer's performance that he thought they had imported a Greek priest to sing some of the parts. Accompanied by an orchestra of Baroque instruments, a Tibetan temple bowl, and a Byzantine monastery bell, the music sounds at once exotic and timeless. Recording at Skywalker Sound Studios, the engineers have created a marvelous sense of space, allowing for plenty of resonance while varying the acoustics to enhance the drama. Lamentations and Praises is Tavener's most accomplished and moving score since The Protecting Veil.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Mary Berry
We are led through a series of powerful scenes depicting the death and resurrection of Christ. The few quiet notes at the opening theme, which reappear, transformed, at the close are a pointer to what follows, much of which is of great beauty, tenderness and drama.
BBC Music Magazine - Nicholas Williams
Described as a "liturgical drama," [Lamentations & Priases] includes a strongly spatial element, which is well captured through the careful engineering of this fine performance.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Wea Apex Classics
UPC:
0809274134226
catalogNumber:
41342
Rank:
148737

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  1. Lamentations and Praises, a liturgical drama for male voices, flute, bass trombone, string quintet, tape & percussion  - John Tavener  - Joseph Jennings  -  Chanticleer  - Thierry Cohen

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