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Photograph of Sir John Tavener on the Greek island of Aegina in January 1981 by Peter Phillips.
Track(s) taken from GIMSE404
Recording details: January 1984
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: April 2014
Total duration: 3 minutes 42 seconds

'Perhaps the time is right for the musical establishment (and the record industry) to begin to recognize Tavener as one of our most gifted and important composers of choral music. I hope so, for a talent so prodigious and special as his appears all too infrequently in today’s climate of intellectually orientated creativity … Ikon of Light dates from 1984, and is arguably one of his most sublime creations … The Tallis Scholars have a very special affinity and affection for Tavener’s music (he has written a number of works with them in mind) and this is evident from their committed performance of this penetrating and visionary work … superbly recorded in the Gimell tradition … a moving and richly rewarding programme that deserves to win many friends' (Gramophone)

Ikon of Light comes steeped in the traditional soundscape of Orthodox worship and is timeless in its musical response to the idea of an icon opening a window on eternity. It was commissioned by The Tallis Scholars whose atmospheric early recording is hard to beat’ (BBC Music Magazine)

The Lamb
First line:
Little lamb, who made thee?
composer
author of text

Other recordings available for download
St George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Lamb, a short carol to the famous poem by William Blake, was composed in a rush of inspiration and sent immediately to the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for inclusion in the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols, as well as to Martin Neary, the director at the time of the Choir of Winchester Cathedral, who gave the first performance on 22 December 1982. The music is built on a simple melodic idea and its inversion; the simple but ambiguous chord (in ascending order, the notes A, C, G, B), symbolizing for the composer the simultaneity of joy and sorrow, would appear again and again in his later music.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2014


Other albums featuring this work
'Adeste fideles' (CDA66668)
Adeste fideles
'Tavener: Sacred Music' (CDH55414)
Tavener: Sacred Music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55414  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  

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