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London Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Marriner, clarinet
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Michael Tilson Thomas

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What a difference a performance makes! when you have musicians who give themselves up to the Tavener ethos as enthusiastically as andrew Marriner and Michael Thomas it all comes to life. Simplicity and repetition become charged with meaning. A tiny change in the shape of a phrase or a chord sequence carries surprising emotional weight....the dance music becomes muscular and flavoursome...
Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, 6/1/2008

Despite its extremely formal design - alternating Laments and Dances separated by a Refrain - there is a real sense of freedom and, especially in the dances, exuberance, that speak both of this world and the next. The use of handbells lends further brilliance to the modally rich and rhythmically vigourous dances, thereby throwing the darker laments into sharper relief, as it were. The Third Dance, with which the work ends, is especially effective for being interrupted by a wonderful hymn for the cellos over a spectral cushion in the form of a sustained chord.
Robert Levett, International Record Review, 7/1/2008

The Repentant Thief is a concerto for clarinet with strings and percussion, cast in the form of a giant rondo, in which a reflective, shimmering refrain alternates with a series of raucous dances with a folksy, Greek feel. As soloist Andrew Marriner shows, it manages to be both programmatic and effectively virtuosic at the same time. The cycles of Yeats settings here - To a Child Dancing in the Wind and A Mini Song Cycle for Gina - are beautifully posied, unforced lyrics from the 1980s, lusciously sung by Patricia Rozario. And the handbells that offset the soprano voice in Lamentation, Last Prayer and Exaltation are a 1977 foretaste of the ritualised style that would loom ever larger in Tavener's music over the following decades.
, The Guardian, 5/2/2008

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