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Shûnya
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Shûnya takes for its text three Sanskrit words, meaning ‘void’ and ‘Hail, Infinite Light’, in a majestically static fashion deliberately recalling Buddhist ritual. There are two choirs, one a mixed ensemble and the other of a few bass voices – who sing the word ‘shûnya’ (‘void’) throughout – accompanied by the resonant booming of a Tibetan temple bowl. The dissonant organ pedal of The Second Coming (and, going even further back, the constant E flat triad of Celtic Requiem) is recalled here, but transmuted into a pure low C, bathed in the sonic halo of the temple bowl, an ecstatic evocation of eternity.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2004

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Details for SACDA67475 track 15
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-47515
Duration
17'56
Recording date
5 January 2004
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener: Choral Music (CDA67475)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: September 2004
  2. Tavener: Choral Music (SACDA67475)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: September 2004
    Super-Audio CD
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