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TAVENER: Lament for Jerusalem

Composer(s):Tavener, John
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.557826
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 9.99
 

 
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Written in 2002 and lasting almost an hour, Lament for Jerusalem is one of the most tautly conceived of Taverner’s essays in spiritual minimalism. It consists of seven cycles, each beginning with a quotation form Psalm 137, ‘By the Waters of Babylon’, and each following a similar layout with an instrumental texture, solos for counter-tenor and soprano, and a final choral lament. What is specially impressive is the juxtaposition of vocal forces of varying sizes, with Summerly drawing incandescent singing from his choir of just over 30 singers, sounding far bigger than that thanks to the warmly atmospheric recording, made in the church of All hallows Gospel Oak. Equally, the cycles expand as the work progresses, making it more than just a repetitive litany.

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Review By Sefton Wiggs,New Bern (North Carolina) Sun Journal,April 2006

The spiritually-inclined music of Englishman John Tavener does not always appeal to me as much as that of the Estonian Arvo Part, but a new recording of Tavener’s “Lament for Jerusalem” has me thinking and reassessing my opinion.

Both composers have been members of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church and each man has written music that espouses that religion. Both men seem sincere, but Part’s music has simply been a bit more appealing to me.

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Review By Sefton Wiggs,New Bern (North Carolina) Sun Journal,April 2006

The spiritually-inclined music of Englishman John Tavener does not always appeal to me as much as that of the Estonian Arvo Part, but a new recording of Tavener’s “Lament for Jerusalem” has me thinking and reassessing my opinion.

Both composers have been members of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church and each man has written music that espouses that religion. Both men seem sincere, but Part’s music has simply been a bit more appealing to me.

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Review By David Patrick Stearns,The Philadelphia Inquirer,March 2006

Though some of John Tavener’s past output has seemed to use religiosity as an excuse for scant musical content, his works in recent years have been evolving toward a seamless synthesis of English choral writing and his Eastern influences, of which this Lament for Jerusalem is perhaps the best example so far.

Though full of moments of choral monumentality, the details constantly prick your ears with exotically tinged vocal lines not normally found in Western music. Also, Tavener’s musical ideas have reached a sort of emblematic refinement that, no matter how often they’re repeated, offer new shade of meaning. Besides being musically substantial, the overall sound of this disc is so invitingly sumptuous that it rewards casual listening as well.








 

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