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Tavener: Ikon Of Eros / Goodwin, Minnesota Orchestra

Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Tavener
Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota OrchestraMinnesota Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

World Premiere Recording
includes interview with John Tavener 10:45

"Gorgeous, mystical music with the power to entrance. Sir John Taverner, a follower of the Greek Orthodox faith, writes simple, repetitive compositions that embody the spiritual essence of prayer. . . Slowing down – sitting or lying in silence by candlelight would be ideal – is essential to experience Tavener's reverential universe. This is a universe that is always with us, Tavener's music suggests, if we are only willing to align ourselves and tune in. . . Captured in demonstration quality 24–bit HDCD sound by Prof. Keith Johnson, this world premiere recording is an extraordinary achievement." – Jason Serinus, Bay Area Reporter
Read more 11/27/03

"The recording, a world premiere of this piece, is beyond reproach. Individual instruments are distinct and float in space. By his own words, Tavener recommends that the piece be played in a resonant acoustic. He could have not asked for a better place. The voices echo slightly off of the walls and ceiling creating an even more metaphysical feeling. I don't think I've heard a better piece to test your soundstage. There is little else I can provide. Tavener says Ikon of Eros is "humbly offered to those who have ears to hear." I suggest you take him up on it." — Bill Brooks, 12/03, Soundstage.com

Chosen by Andrew Quint of The Absolute Sound magazine as one of the ten best classical releases of 2003.
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Works on This Recording

Ikon of Eros by John Tavener
Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Minnesota Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN 

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