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John Tavener: The Protecting Veil; Britten: Cello Suite No. 3 / Steven Isserlis, cello

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>Tavener, John : The Protecting Veil
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 3, Op. 87
>Tavener, John : Thrinos, for cello solo

Album Summary

>Tavener, John : The Protecting Veil
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 3, Op. 87
>Tavener, John : Thrinos, for cello solo
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Described by the composer as 'an ikon in sound', The Protecting Veil exemplifies John Tavener's use of music to explore the spiritual and religious aspects of human existence, feeding off the lyricism and depth of the cello's timbre to create a musical symbol of the Mother of God. The meditative quality of this work is complemented by Britten's introspective Cello Suite No.3 and Tavener's own single-movement Thrinos, a touching lament for the dead.



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Works Details

>Tavener, John : The Protecting Veil
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 43 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 3, Op. 87
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Tavener, John : Thrinos, for cello solo
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990