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John Tavener: Ikon of Light

John Tavener: Ikon of Light

Special Commemorative Edition


Tavener:

Ikon of Light

Hymn to the Mother of God

The Lamb

The Tiger

Eonia

Today the Virgin


"I consider Ikon of Light to be one of my most important works…I recall the splendour and magic of the sound of The Sixteen at the recording, and in particular, at hearing them sing Eonia for the first time. Heartfelt thanks to Harry Christophers and The Sixteen." Sir John Tavener.

Sir John Tavener was one of Britain’s leading composers of the last 50 years. To commemorate his extraordinary life and works The Sixteen is re-releasing its acclaimed recording Ikon of Light in a special limited edition slip-cased version with a newly commissioned booklet essay. The new version will only be available for one year from December 2013.

The album was originally conceived for Sir John’s 50th birthday and covers a wide range of his celebrated choral output including Eonia, which Sir John especially requested The Sixteen record, alongside Ikon of Light, The Lamb and The Tyger.

Despite the mystic beauty of his music, John Tavener's place in Western music was a controversial one. His desire to create musical ikons for a time in which he believed 'man had lost his belief not only in God, but also in himself' was provocative. Yet part of the attraction of his music must surely arise from its symbolic nature, a reflection of his deeply-held Orthodox faith.

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Tavener - Ikon of Light

Tavener - Ikon of Light


Tavener:

Hymn to the Mother of God

Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God

The Lamb

The Tiger

Today the Virgin

Eonia

Ikon of Light


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The English Song Series Volume 3 - Vaughan Williams 1

The English Song Series Volume 3 - Vaughan Williams 1


Vaughan Williams:

Searching for Lambs

Whispers of Heavenly Death (No. 2 from Three Whitman Nocturnes)

Joy, Shipmate, Joy!

Lord, come away

Come Love, come Lord

Five Mystical Songs

On Wenlock Edge

Dirge for Fidele

It was a Lover and his Lass

The Lawyer

The splendour falls

The Water Mill

Tired

Silent Noon


“Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Simon Keenlyside both have ideal voices for this repertoire - the performances are deeply felt.” David Smith, Presto Classical, June 2014

Naxos English Song Series - 8557114

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Rolf Hind: Orchestra and Chamber Music

Rolf Hind: Orchestra and Chamber Music

world premiere recordings


Hind, R:

Maya-Sesha

Rolf Hind (piano), James Crabb (accordion)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

The Eye of Fire

Rolf Hind (piano)

Duke Quartet

The City of Love

Sarah Leonard (voice), David Alberman (violin), Rolf Hind (piano)


Rolf Hind’s career has blossomed over twenty-five years in a multitude of directions – establishing him now as a major force as soloist, composer, recording artist, chamber musician, pedagogue, collaborator and concert planner.

Rolf Hind has been inspired not only by his performing contacts with a wealth of con­temporary composers (he feels a special kinship with Carter, Ligeti, Per Nørgård and Messiaen, among others) but more particularly by his many visits to India and, in recent years, by the disciplines of Ashtanga yoga and Vipassana meditation. Foremost among his fascinations is the concept of moving from an illusion of chaos to a pared-down essence of the material, from obscurity to transparency.

There is plentiful evidence of his acute ear for blending the conventional and the unconventional in the three works on this CD.

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Baltic Elegy

Baltic Elegy

String Quartets by Vasks, Tüür & Pärt


Pärt:

Fratres for String Quartet

Tüür:

String Quartet

Vasks:

String Quartet No. 2, 'Sommerweisen'


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Barber, Dvorak & Glass: String Quartets

Barber, Dvorak & Glass: String Quartets


Barber:

String Quartet, Op. 11

Dvorak:

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

Glass, P:

String Quartet No. 1


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Berg: Lyric Suite - Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht

Berg: Lyric Suite - Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht


Berg:

Lyric Suite - for string quartet (1926)

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

with Sophie Harris (cello), Helen Kamminga (viola)


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Kevin Volans: String Quartets

Kevin Volans: String Quartets


Volans:

String Quartet No. 5 - Dancers on a Plane

String Quartet No. 4 - The Ramanujan Notebooks

Movement for String Quartet


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Shostakovich - Schnittke - Tchaikovsky: String Quartets

Shostakovich - Schnittke - Tchaikovsky: String Quartets


Schnittke:

String Quartet No. 2

Shostakovich:

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11


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Fair Albion - Visions of England

Fair Albion - Visions of England

New Works by Patrick Hawes


Hawes, P:

The Call

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)

The Raven Quartet

Reflexionem

Julian Lloyd webber (cello) & Claire Jones (harp)

Ascension

Raven Quartet

Fair Albion

Prague Symphony Orchestra

A Birthday

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) & Claire Jones (harp)

Three Broadland Piano Preludes: Ranworth, Fenside, Remembrance

Patrick Hawes (piano)

Requiem Aeternam from the Lazarus Requiem

Brno Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Gloriette

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello) & Patrick Hawes (piano)

How Hill

Claire Jones (harp)

Cantate Domino

Christian Forshaw

The Sanctuary Ensemble

After the Rain

Patrick Hawes (piano)

Duke Quartet

The Darkling Thrush

David Stout (baritone) & Patrick Hawes (piano)

Quanta Qualia

Brno Chamber Orchestra


Following his May release of Song of Songs (SIGCD162), composer Patrick Hawes returns with a new collection of works that celebrate the heart and soul of the British Landscape - with performances that bring together leading performers including Elin Manahan Thomas and Julian Lloyd Webber. Patrick Hawes debut album Blue in Blue stormed into the classical charts in its first weeks of release in 2004, and became the fastest and highest new entrant to the Classic FM Hall of Fame - leading to his subsequent appointment as composer in residence for the radio station. He has firmly established himself as one of England's most popular living composers.

“Elin Manahan Thomas's lyric soprano voice provides the ideal vehicle for Hawes's neo-Baroque setting of George Herbert's The Call. Reflexionem for cello and harp is given a similarly uplifting treatment by Julian Lloyd Webber, solidly supported throughout by Claire Jones. ...the highly evocative Quanta qualia, which closes the disc, communicates a heartfelt honesty that speaks for itself.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

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