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Publisher: Chester Music

Dhyāna (2007)
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
5 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Programme Note
John Tavener Dhyāna (2007)
The Sanskrit word Dhyana means "meditation". This short work pays tribute to Nicola Benedetti’s contemplative style of playing.

John Tavener 2007

Preview the score:

  • Ensemble
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nicola Benedetti, violin
    Andrew Litton
    UCJ Music:
  • 14 JUL 2012
    Cheltenham Festival
    Cheltenham Town Hall
    Trondheim Soloists
  • 01 SEP 2011
    Toowoomba, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
    Camerata of St John's
    Brendan Joyce, conductor

    Other Dates:
    2 September - St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
    4 September - St John's Cathedral, Tyalgum New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
  • 01 JUL 2009
    Song for Athene - String Version World Premiere
    Dhyāna UK Premiere
    The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, UK
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Ruth Palmer, violin; Nicholas Cleobury, conductor
  • 24 OCT 2008
    TEMENOS: A celebration of the music of John Tavener
    St. Peter's Church, Drogheda, Ireland
    Ulster Orchestra
    Ioanna Petcu Colan violin, Doreen Curran mezzo soprano, Marta Subrada cello; Tonu Kaljuste, conductor

Working under conductor Nicholas Cleobury, ASMF gave the UK and World premiers of two short works by Sir John Tavener. Dhyana (Meditation) and Song for Athene were both written in 2007, and both suggest a world of repose and contemplation--did Tavener foresee how necessary such a world would be, only two years later? Dyana opens in an appropriately calm manner...and arrives at a melodious conclusion....In this beautiful arrangement, the ASMF strings demontrated Tavener's immense ability to generate an atmosphere and mood by apparently spare and simple means...This was a thoroughly satisfying, if rather short, concert.
The Oxford Time,08/07/2009
As with a significant proportion of Tavener's catalogue, both pieces Dhyana (Meditation) and Song For Athene are odes to the spiritual world, yet different by design if you like. It found the venue bathed in a brooding drama that crept across the audience. From my place high in the stands I could view the crowd's personal reveries while the Academy delievered a prestine a rendition as a recorded CD!
Kelvin Hayes, Daily Info, Oxford,02/07/2009
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