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TAVENER: Choral Ikons (PAL)


TAVENER: Choral Ikons (PAL)

Sir John Tavener CHORAL IKONS
The Choir, James Whitbourn

As one who has slept, A Hymn to the Mother of God, Song for Athene, A parting gift for Tam Farrow, Annunciation, Magnificat & Nunc dimittis, The Lamb, The Tyger, Hymn of the Unwaning Light, The Lord's Prayer

"If I were asked why I write music, I would answer that I wish to transmit and make accessible to others an inner vision. I hope that my music resembles ikons 'in sound', insofar as I see music as 'a window of sound' on to the Divine World, which is eternal and therefore universal."
Sir John Tavener

The Choir sings Sir John Tavener's hauntingly beautiful unaccompaniedchoral music in a stunning virtual reality restoration of the ancient Hagia Sophia church in Constantinople. Orthodox ikons enrich the visual tapestry, enhancing the
full richness of Tavener's mystic inspiration.

Region Code: All Regions
Picture format: 16/9 anamorphic
Running time: 100 mins
Menu languages: GB
Subtitle languages: GB/D/F/ES (NTSC GB/ES)
Sound format: DTS 5.1, LPCM Stereo
Cat. No.: OA 0854 D (PAL) OA 0855 D (NTSC)

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

Illustrated booklet with an introduction by Sir John Tavener, plus full song texts

'The power of the performances is overwhelming and the credit goes to James Whitbourn and his vocal ensemble The Choir that he created for the express purpose of television and DVD recordings for Opus Arte. The Choir sing Tavener's music with great understanding and sensitivity to the religious texts. This DVD captures every beauteous moment of Tavener's music with The Choir. Opus Arte, as in all their productions, never leave you second-guessing about the music with their investigative extra features that bring further insight upon the chosen subject…The ikon chooses you which, together with an illustrated booklet containing an in-depth article on the inspirational power of ikons as well as the vocal texts and an introduction by Tavener himself, round off this beautifully presented package.' The Organ


Tavener, John

Label: Opus Arte

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: OA0854D

Barcode: 0809478000440

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Physical Release: 10/2002

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