Please wait...

Hyperion Records

Click cover art to view larger version
Track(s) taken from CDA67475
Recording details: January 2004
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2004
Total duration: 1 minutes 41 seconds

Butterfly Dreams. Butterfly Song from Acoman India
composer
author of text
Acoman Indian
translator of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Butterfly Dreams, Schuon Hymnen and Shûnya, all written in 2003, are representative of a genuinely new phase in Tavener’s work, a phase which has reached its climax thus far in the seven-hour-long Veil of the Temple. Butterfly Dreams is an exuberant, light-filled piece setting texts chosen by Alan Barrett concerning butterflies. Though it may initially appear to be a purely secular work, in fact the composer himself regards it as sacred, butterflies in this context being seen as symbols and even vehicles for the sacred. There are, in addition, many musical connections with earlier works by Tavener – the ‘shadow canon’ of the first and last movements, and even more the second movement, ‘Haiku by Kokku’, recall the second of the Two Hymns to the Mother of God; the ‘variations on a scale’ that characterize ‘Haiku by Issa’ are familiar from many works, and the resonant chordal refrains of Pavel Friedmann’s The Butterfly echo the paradisical call of Funeral Ikos.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2004

Other albums featuring this work
'Taverner: Choral Music' (SACDA67475)
Taverner: Choral Music
Buy by post £10.50 This album is not yet available for download SACDA67475  Super-Audio CD  
Show: MP3 FLAC ALAC
   English   Français   Deutsch