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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67217
Recording details: June 2000
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 2001
Total duration: 3 minutes 18 seconds

'The Vanbrugh Quartet’s intense and committed performance is of the highest calibre. An indispensable and thoroughly recommendable disc' (Gramophone)

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'A disc that I can recommend without reservation' (Fanfare, USA)

'A sensational performance' (Music Week)

'In these pieces for singer and string quartet [Patricia Rozario] is at her very best, soaring to strenuous heights in the Akhmatova Songs and spinning a peculiar magic in The World' (Amazon.co.uk)

‘A first class release, which Tavener enthusiasts should not be without’ (MusicWeb International)

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'Rozario sings divinely and the excellent Vanbrugh Quartet play with magical effect' (The Northern Echo)

Many years
composer
1998; for the fiftieth birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales
author of text

Many years  [3'18] English

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The occasional piece Many Years, a charming gift to a personal friend, was composed for the fiftieth birthday of the Prince of Wales in 1998. It was first performed at Hampton Court Palace in November that year, when an alternative version for SATB chorus was heard. The greeting ‘Many years!’ is commonly used in Orthodox countries, either on special occasions or as an everyday expression.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001

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