Film and Tv
News - Tavener re-release
Thursday, July 02, 2009
A recording of two important early choral and vocal works by
has been re-released on the Lyrita label. The pieces, performed by The King’s Singers and The Nash Ensemble conducted by the composer, combine modernist influences with a more ‘ritualised’ approach to composition and provide a fascinating glimpse of the evolution of later works such as
The Protecting Veil
The Veil of the Temple
are settings of six Spanish folk songs concerning love and death for two voices and ensemble. Written shortly after the choral work
, the piece was first performed by the London Sinfonietta in 1972.
Dating from the same year, the seven-note theme for
Requiem for Father Malachy
came to Tavener during a thunder storm. The piece was written in memory of Father Malachy Lynch of the Carmelite Priory at Allington Castle, Kent, whose teaching and scholarship (which welcomed a wide range of believers, from Methodists to Sufis) was to make a lasting impression on the composer's thinking.
Canciones españolas / Requiem for Father Malachy
Back to List
Please sign up for our free newsletter.-