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Birthday Sleep
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'Tavener: Choral Music' (CDA67475)
Tavener: Choral Music
'Taverner: Choral Music' (SACDA67475)
Taverner: Choral Music
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Track 1 on CDA67475 [6'22]
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Birthday Sleep
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Birthday Sleep, dating from 1999 and setting a text by the Welsh poet Vernon Watkins – viewed by Tavener as a meditation on the Incarnation – uses similar techniques, and also employs some unexpected harmonic shifts, so that the cadences are variously in G major, E major and B minor, and Watkins’s couplet of repeating lines at the end of each strophe is set in pure F major. The effect is as disconcerting as it is fresh.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2004

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