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Tavener: Eternity's Sunrise / Goodwin, Rozario, Manze, et al

Album Summary

>Tavener, John : Eternity's Sunrise, for soprano & baroque ensemble
>Tavener, John : Song of the Angel, for soprano, violin & string orchestra
>Tavener, John : Petra, for baritone & singing string ensemble
>Tavener, John : Sappho
>Tavener, John : Funeral Canticle, for tenor & chorus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In November 2013, Sir John Tavener, one of Britain's most celebrated composers, passed away at the age of 69. He is perhaps best known for his work The Protecting Veil, which was played at the funeral of Princess Diana. Originally released in 1999, this acclaimed recording features a wide-ranging selection of Tavener's music. The title work, Eternity's Sunrise, was commissioned by The Academy of Ancient Music to mark their 25th anniversary and was the composer's first work for period instruments. Performed by The Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Paul Goodwin, the album also includes four other major works: Sappho: Lyrical Fragments, Funeral Canticle, Petra: a ritual dream and Song of the Angel. Composed for Yehudi Menuhin in 1995, Song of the Angel features solos by soprano Patricia Rozario and violinist Andrew Manze.

"...The real stunner is 'Eternity's Sunrise,' a calm, reverent, quietly ecstatic rendering of William Blake's words for solo soprano (representing the earth), handbells (angels), and the instruments (heaven). Dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana, this 'Sunrise' lasts a remarkably luminous 11 minutes...HM's engineering and liner notes are world-class. No one expresses the essence of "New Age Choral Chic" more eloquently than John Tavener. By all means, have at it." -Greenfield, ARG

The Independent, 8th February 2014
The performances reflect Tavener's instruction that they should be "sung and played with restrained ecstasy" rather than excitement or melancholy, a guidance that ensured the "Funeral Canticle" made a sublimely peaceful send-off for the composer's father.



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Works Details

>Tavener, John : Eternity's Sunrise, for soprano & baroque ensemble
  • Performer: Patricia Rozario
  • Conductor: Paul Goodwin
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Notes: Temple Church, Inner Temple, King's Bench Walk, London, England (07/06/1998-07/08/1998)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Tavener, John : Song of the Angel, for soprano, violin & string orchestra
  • Performers: Andrew Manze (Violin); Patricia Rozario
  • Conductor: Paul Goodwin
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Notes: Temple Church, Inner Temple, King's Bench Walk, London, England (07/06/1998-07/08/1998)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Tavener, John : Petra, for baritone & singing string ensemble
  • Performer: George Mosley (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Paul Goodwin
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Notes: Temple Church, Inner Temple, King's Bench Walk, London, England (07/06/1998-07/08/1998)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Tavener, John : Sappho :: Lyrical Fragments, for 2 sopranos & strings
  • Performers: Julia Gooding (Soprano); Patricia Rozario
  • Conductor: Paul Goodwin
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Notes: Temple Church, Inner Temple, King's Bench Walk, London, England (07/06/1998-07/08/1998)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Tavener, John : Funeral Canticle, for tenor & chorus
  • Performer: George Mosley (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Paul Goodwin
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Notes: Temple Church, Inner Temple, King's Bench Walk, London, England (07/06/1998-07/08/1998)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1996