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Tavener: Lalishri, etc; Vaughan Williams/ Litton, Benedetti

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene, version for violin & string orchestra
>Tavener, John : Dhyana (Contemplation), for violin & strings
>Tavener, John : Lalishri, for violin & string orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Violinist Nicola Benedetti presents her third recording for DG, combining the lyrical beauty of 'The Lark Ascending' (Vaughan Williams’ aural portrait of a lark as it spirals up to the heavens), with two brand new works written specifically for her by Sir John Tavener. Though he is one of England’s foremost composers, Tavener draws influence from cultures as diverse as Greek Orthodoxy, Hinduism and Sufism. Also featured is a premiere version for solo violin and strings of 'Song for Athene', the piece made famous by its performance at the funeral service of Princess Diana.

One word unites the works on this album, and that word is "ethereal". The aural world of English composer Sir John Tavener is often described as "ethereal", possessing an other-worldly, spiritual quality that strikes deep into the soul. And Ralph Vaughan Williams's aural portrait of that blithe little lark as it spirals up into the heavens is an ethereal vision. "The Lark Ascending" is the most popular classical piece of music in the UK, as voted by Classic FM listeners.



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene, version for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1997

>Tavener, John : Dhyana (Contemplation), for violin & strings
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tavener, John : Lalishri, for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2006
  • Studio/Live: Studio