Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland
Gudrun Johanna Olafsdottir (soprano), Hrolfur Saemundsson (baritone)
Hilmar Örn Agnarsson
The main points of interest here are the premiere ecording of Three Holy Sonnets ... admired by Stravinsky, and premiered...in 1964, they still sound impressive, without needing to make allowances for the youth of the composer.
...Tavener's textures, investing shimmering high passages with a celestial weightlessness.
Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine, 12/1/2010
Iero Oniro is an absorbing piece, recalling in many ways earlier music such as the Requiem for Father Malachy and Ultimos Ritos.
As for the remarkable Sonnets...individual works of a prescient spiritual strength and memorable beauty.
Ivan Moody, Gramophone, 12/1/2010