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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

As One Who Has Slept (1996)
commissioned by Winchester Cathedral
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1996
Duration
5 Minutes
Chorus
SSATB/SATB
Availability
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Programme Note
John Tavener As One Who Has Slept (1996)
As the great Orthodox liturgical texts ring out on Great and Holy Saturday, the Resurrection of Christ is already happening. Liturgical vestments change in front of our eyes from black to silver, and the Church waits with anticipation until midnight, to proclaim that "Christ is Risen."
So, therefore, the mood of As One Who Has Slept, taken from the great liturgy of St Basil on Easter Saturday morning, is full of awe, silence and expectation. The atmosphere is deeply solemn as we stand before the greatest mystery of our salvation. Christ has descended into Hades, and "trampled down death by death; and to those in the tomb He has given life."

John Tavener

  • Ensemble
    Anonymous 4
    Harmonia Mundi:
  • Ensemble
    Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
    Soloist(s)
    Timothy Hugh, cello
    Conductor
    Christopher Robinson
    Naxos:
  • Ensemble
    The Choir
    Conductor
    James Whitbourn
    Opus Arte:
  • Ensemble
    Polyphony
    Conductor
    Stephen Layton
    Hyperion:
  • Ensemble
    Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland
    Soloist(s)
    Gudrun Johanna Olafsdottir (soprano), Hrolfur Saemundsson (baritone)
    Conductor
    Hilmar Örn Agnarsson
    Smekkleysa:
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