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Track(s) taken from CDH55414

The Lamb

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

St George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
Recording details: July 1990
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Chris Sayers
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1991
Total duration: 3 minutes 28 seconds

Cover artwork: Our Lady with the Infant Jesus riding on a Lamb, with St John by William Blake (1757-1827)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Crown Copyright
 
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The Lamb  Little lamb, who made thee?  [3'28]

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Reviews

'The Lamb alone is worth the price of this disc' (Fanfare, USA)
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

Tavener composa The Lamb, un court carol d’après le célèbre poème de William Blake, dans une bouffée d’inspiration. Il l’envoya sans attendre au chœur de King’s College (Cambridge), pour qu’il fût intégré dans le service annuel de Nine Lessons and Carols; il l’adressa aussi à Martin Neary, alors directeur du chœur de la cathédrale de Winchester, qui le créa le 22 décembre 1982. La musique repose sur une idée mélodique simple et son renversement: l’accord simple, mais ambigu (les notes la, ut, sol, si en ordre ascendant), ne cessera de réapparaître chez Tavener, pour qui il symbolise la simultanéité de la joie et de la peine.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ivan Moody © 2014
Français: Gimell

Tavener geistesblitzartig komponierte The Lamb, ein kurzes Weihnachtslied auf das berühmte Gedicht von William Blake, und unverzüglich dem Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, für dessen berühmtes „Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols“ (ein alljährlich am 24. Dezember stattfindender Weihnachtsgottesdienst mit Weihnachtsliedern und Lesungen, der traditionell von der BBC international ausgestrahlt wird, Anm.d.Ü.) zuschickte; außerdem ließ er das Werk Martin Neary zukommen, der zu dem Zeitpunkt Leiter des Choir of Winchester Cathedral war und der es erstmals am 22. Dezember 1982 aufführte. Der Musik liegt eine schlichte melodische Idee sowie deren Umkehrung zugrunde; der einfache, jedoch mehrdeutige Akkord (bestehend, in aufsteigender Reihenfolge, aus den Tönen A, C, G und H), der für den Komponisten die Gleichzeitigkeit von Freude und Trauer symbolisierte, sollte in seinen späteren Werken immer wieder auftauchen.

aus dem Begleittext von Ivan Moody © 2014
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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