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Tavener: Requiem / Petrenko, et al

Album Summary

>Tavener, John : Requiem, for soprano, tenor, cello, chorus & orchestra
>Tavener, John : Mahashakti, for violin & string orchestra
>Tavener, John : Eternal Memory, for cello & strings
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording captured the world premier performance of beloved choral composer Sir John Tavener's new 'Requiem'. This multilayered work incorporates numerous religious, philosophical, and musical traditions, uniting them into a single expression of death as transcendence and release from physical existence.

BBC Music Magazine
The main piece here is the premiere of Tavener's Requiem. The last movement is extraordinary: an undulating choral figure is set amidst swells of sound from the orchestra and soloists as the piece builds to a dense climax bringing together Hebrew, Sanskrit, Greek and Arabic texts, with Elin Manahan Thomas's pellucid soprano above.

The Observer
Written for Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral, and using the building's spatial possibilities, it has characteristic moments of heavenly ecstasy. Yet the work also shows new fervour and robustness which will surprise those who assume Tavener is stuck in a holy-minimalist rut. The Dies Irae roars ferociously, while the final "Ananda" floats away into the ether. The short, contemplative "Eternal Memory" and "Mahashakti" make fitting companion pieces. Beautifully performed by all.

The Telegraph
It interweaves the Latin Mass with Islamic and Hindu texts in an ingeniously symmetrical design. There are wonderful moments, like the interlude for solo cello (played by Josephine Knight) and the RLPO's brass section.

The Times
John Tavener's Requiem makes a benignly atmospheric impression as solo cello, voices and orchestra muse, dispute and finally reach spiritual unity. Elin Manahan Thomas's pure soprano, meanwhile, is splendidly displayed. A good Tavener programme, and a fine advert for Petrenko and the Liverpool Philharmonic.



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Works Details

>Tavener, John : Requiem, for soprano, tenor, cello, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Debbie Trigg; Catherine Swinford; Kevin Ormond; David Bond; David Shaw; Eleanor Gregory; Matthew Moss; Thomas Eaglen; Elin Thomas (Soprano); John Powell (Bass-Baritone); Frances Cooke; Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Josephine Knight (Cello); Lynne Rogers; Yvonne Eddy; Michael Wynne; Andrew Heggie (Baritone); Richard Dowling
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Tavener, John : Mahashakti, for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Ruth Palmer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Tavener, John : Eternal Memory, for cello & strings
  • Performer: Josephine Knight (Cello)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1991