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John Tavener: Ypakoë / Scottish Ensemble; The Wallace Collection; Canty; Elena Riu

Album Summary

>Tavener, John : ... Depart in Peace ..., for soprano, violin, tampura & strings
>Tavener, John : Trisagion, for brass quintet
>Tavener, John : Two Hadiths, for female chorus & renaissance bray harp
>Tavener, John : Ypakoë, suite for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

This celebratory collection of music by the late John Tavener brings together performances by Canty, The Wallace Collection, Scottish Ensemble and Elena Riu. Tavener wrote ...Depart in Peace... following his father's passing. Trisagion was premiered by John Wallace in 1985, and later recorded with his own ensemble, The Wallace Collection. Written especially for them, Canty gave the world-premiere recording of Two Hadiths. The title work Ypakoë, a series of meditations on the death of Jesus, premiered on Elena Riu's 'Piano Icons for the 21st Century', a Gramophone 'Critics' Choice' in 2000.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Four characteristically mystical works by John Tavener for a variety of chamber music settings. Depart in Peace (1997) is a setting of Nunc Dimitis (the Song of Simeon) interspersed with exquisite meditative Alleluia antiphons. Trisagion (1981) is a piece for brass ensemble. It alternates fanfares and angular chatter with meditative brass chorales and freely placed pointillist dabs. Two Hadiths (2008) alternates the "bray harp" (a "Gothic harp" fitted with wooden pegs to cause its characteristic buzzing) and strange choral interjections setting sayings of Mohammed (not given). The program closes with Ypakoe,(1999), a five-movement work for solo piano referring to the words of the angels to the disciples who came to the tomb on the morning of the resurrection. Chant with angelic trills, austere twopart counterpoint, and sober chorales form the meditative musical content. All performances are good.



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Works Details

>Tavener, John : ... Depart in Peace ..., for soprano, violin, tampura & strings
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Notes: Glasgow Concert Halls, Glasgow, UK (03/04/1998-03/06/1998)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Tavener, John : Trisagion, for brass quintet
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: St James' Church, Rushton, Turnbridge Wells (1997-11-26_1997-11-27&1998-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Tavener, John : Two Hadiths, for female chorus & renaissance bray harp
  • Ensemble: Canty
  • Notes: Greyfriar's Church, Edinburgh, UK (2009-02-24_2009-02-26&2009-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2007

>Tavener, John : Ypakoë, suite for piano
  • Performer: Elena Riu (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's, Bristol, UK (04/06/1999/04/07/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997