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Richard Hickox conducts Sir John Tavener / Patricia Rozario, John Mark Ainsley, Andrew Murgatroyd

> Eis Thanaton - To this shrine of the first Christians (Son) -
> Eis Thanaton - Ask me not. Never search the inexpressible mystery of death (Mother) -
> Eis Thanaton - Wait! Do not forsake your grieving son (Son)
> Theophany - Section 1 -
> Theophany - Section 2
> We shall see him as he is - Ikon V - Refrain
> We shall see him as he is - Ikon VI
> We shall see him as he is - Ikon VII - Refrain
> We shall see him as he is - Ikon VIII
> We shall see him as he is - Ikon IX
> We shall see him as he is - The Tomb
> We shall see him as he is - Ikon X
> We shall see him as he is - Ikon XI

Album Summary

>Tavener, John : We Shall See Him as He Is
>Tavener, John : Eis thanaton, ritual for soprano, bass & orchestra
>Tavener, John : Theophany, for orchestra, bandit drum & tape
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Richly endowed with musical qualities, Richard Hickox was a great champion of neglected music in general, and of British music in particular. His sudden death in November 2008 robbed the world of a most vital, industrious, and energizing musician, whose discographical legacy remains a treasure trove of the record catalogue. With the Richard Hickox Legacy Chandos wishes to express their gratitude to and appreciation of this great musical artist. This two-disc set of choral works by Sir John Tavener forms part of the new and ongoing Richard Hickox Legacy series on Chandos, leading up to the fifth anniversary of the conductor's death in November 2013. The three works in this Tavener set reflect two major influences on the composer's music: the culture of Greece, and the tradition of the Greek Orthodox Church. In the words of Tavener himself: 'In everything I do, I aspire to the sacred... music is a form of prayer, a mystery.'

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
In honor of Richard Hickox's musical legacy, Chandos has begun reissuing some of the late conductor's 280 recordings in memorial editions. This is one such offering. Hickox recorded several of Sir John Tavener's works, and these three performances were first released in the early 90s. David Reynolds reviewed We Shall See Him As He Is (July/Aug 1993). The Eis Thanaton and Theophany combo was evaluated by Jack Sullivan.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
While there may be doubts over the music there can be no doubt as to the excellence and commitment of all three performances on this pair of discs. The recorded sound and booklet are up to the usual very high Chandos standards.



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Works Details

>Tavener, John : We Shall See Him as He Is
  • Performers: John Senter (Cello); Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor); John Ainsley (Tenor); Patricia Rozario
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 59 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Tavener, John : Eis thanaton, ritual for soprano, bass & orchestra
  • Performer: Stephen Richardson (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 37 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Tavener, John : Theophany, for orchestra, bandit drum & tape
  • Performers: Jeremy Birchall (Bass); Margaret Feaviour (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993