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The Uncreated Eros
First line:
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam
author of text
after the book of Genesis

'Tavener: Sacred Music' (CDH55414)
Tavener: Sacred Music
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The Uncreated Eros
The Uncreated Eros (1988) presents us immediately with a Byzantine drone (ison) and a single, chant-like melodic line, and the canonic choral treatment of the melody later in the piece only serves to emphasize the chromatic inflections characteristic of the Greek chant repertoire. The title of the piece requires some explanation: the text deals with the creation of Eve from Adam’s rib as recounted in Genesis. ‘It is an attempt in musical notes’, Tavener has written, ‘to recreate our Paradisial nature.’ ‘Uncreated Eros’ represents the uncreated love of God, love in its fullness: it is beyond mortal love in the same way that the uncreated light of God, present at the transfiguration of Christ, and experienced since by some saints and very holy men, is beyond the light of the sun. The radiant colours and ethereal textures of the music (deliberately recorded from a considerable distance) try to present this idea in physical sound.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1991

Track-specific metadata
Details for HYP201306 track 5
Recording date
13 July 1990
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Chris Sayers
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener: Sacred Music (CDA66464)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: April 1991
    Deletion date: December 2009
    Superseded by CDH55414
  2. Tavener: Sacred Music (CDH55414)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. Hyperion monthly sampler – June 2013 (HYP201306)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2013
    Download-only monthly sampler
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