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Tavener: Choral Ikons / Whitbourn, The Choir

Tavener / Whitbourn
Release Date: 06/18/2002 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 855  
Composer:  John Tavener
Conductor:  James Whitbourn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Choir sings John Tavener’s hauntingly beautiful unaccompanied choral music in a stunning virtual reality restoration of the ancient St. Sophia church in Constantinople. Orthodox ikons enrich the visual tapestry, enhancing the full richness of Tavener’s mystic inspiration. Includes Song for Athene, The Lamb, Annunciation, Hymn to the Mother of God, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, As one who has slept, The Tyger, and more. extra features include • Manifestations of God - Sir John Tavener on his choral music. The parents of Athene talk about the inspiration behind Song for Athene • The ikon chooses you - Ikon expert Robert J. Roozemond on spiritual and artistic origins of ikons
‘For this DVD,technical wizards created a
Read more virtual-reality reconstruction of the Sophia as it would have been in the sixth century... It’s rather like owning an evening of high-class arts broadcasing with the added fun of being able to watch what you want when you want to.’ gramophone top 50 dvds 2002 NOMINATION - Gramophone awards 2002 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Song for Athene by John Tavener
Conductor:  James Whitbourn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
2.
Annunciation by John Tavener
Conductor:  James Whitbourn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; England 
3.
The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor:  James Whitbourn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
4.
Hymns (2) to the Mother of God: no 1, Hymn to the Mother of God by John Tavener
Conductor:  James Whitbourn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1985; United Kingdom 
5.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis "Collegium Regale" by John Tavener
Conductor:  James Whitbourn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; England 

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