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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Funeral Ikos (1981)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1981
Duration
12 Minutes
Chorus
SSATBB
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John Tavener Funeral Ikos (1981)
Funeral Ikos was written in 1981 when Tavener was 37. It is a serene setting of words which are probably unfamiliar to most of us and which a simple statement of the reward in Paradise for the Righteous Ones. The music shows the influence of Stravinsky, who used a similar homophonic style for some of this religious settings, but Tavener's music is, in this piece, much simpler harmonically. Indeed much of it is in unison allowing the full impact of the words to shine through. Nevertheless there is no doubt that the sensitive musicality, in which the sounds are almost just an accompaniment to the words, can only have been achieved by an extraordinary sensitive composer of deep religious conviction.

  • Ensemble
    King's Singers
  • Ensemble
    The Tallis Scholars / Chilingirian Quartet
    Soloist(s)
    Peter Phillips / John Tavener, conductors
  • Ensemble
    Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
    Soloist(s)
    Timothy Hugh, cello
    Conductor
    Christopher Robinson
    Naxos:
  • Ensemble
    York Minster Chapel House Choir
    Conductor
    Jane Sturmheit
    Guild:
  • Ensemble
    Vasari Singers
    Conductor
    Jeremy Backhouse
    EMI Eminence:
  • Ensemble
    King's College Choir, Cambridge
    Conductor
    Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble
    Choir of Temple Church / Holst Singers / English Chamber Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Natalie Clein, cello (extracts only of The Protecting Veil and The Veil of the Temple)
    Conductor
    Stephen Layton
    Decca:
  • Ensemble
    Exmoor Singers
    Conductor
    James Jarvis
    The Classical Recording Company:
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...a moving, ethereal evocation of the hour of death, physical and spiritual.
Allan Kozinn, New York Times,11/8/2011
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