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Funeral Ikos
First line:
Why these bitter words of the dying?
composer
1981; first performed by The Tallis Scholars in Keble College Chapel, Oxford
author of text
translated from the Orthodox service for the burial of priests

Recordings
'Tavener: Ikon of Light' (GIMSE404)
Tavener: Ikon of Light
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Details
Track 8 on GIMSE404 [9'41] Gimell (budget price) NEW

Funeral Ikos
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Funeral Ikos was written in 1981, and the first performance by The Tallis Scholars took place in Keble College, Oxford, as part of a programme that also included Russian medieval chant and which would shortly lead to a remarkable recording (‘Russian Orthodox Music’, Gimell CDGIM 002). It is a setting, both beautiful and austere, of words from the Orthodox service for the burial of priests, in the magnificent translation by Isabel Hapgood. The words are consolatory in tone, though they do not minimize the reality of death, the gateway to Paradise. Tavener’s music has its origins in Russian chant, though the harmonic progression for the ‘Alleluia’ refrain is distinctively his, particularly the penultimate chord.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2014

Track-specific metadata
Details for GIMSE404 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-ADM-84-40408
Duration
9'41
Recording date
11 January 1984
Recording venue
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener: Ikon of Light (GIMSE404)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: April 2014
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