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Hyperion Records

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Our Lady with the Infant Jesus riding on a Lamb, with St John by William Blake (1757-1827)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Crown Copyright
Track(s) taken from CDH55414
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 36 seconds

'Compelling' (Classic CD)

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

First line:
Whether it's dusk or dawn's first light
author of text
The Jasmin

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Eonia (1989) is a valedictory tribute to the painter, the late Cecil Collins. Tavener writes that he opened the collected works of the Greek poet Seferis and found the haiku ‘To Yiasemi’ (‘The Jasmine’) while talking on the telephone to Mother Thekla. He read it out and she continued in English and Slavonic—‘it was almost like “dictated” writing’, the composer has said. The music is of extreme delicacy and transparent simplicity, like the text. Tavener asks for it to be sung ‘with unearthly stillness and purity; with no “expression”’. In this it is, like much else in Tavener’s work, as spiritually transparent as an ikon.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1991

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