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Track(s) taken from CDA67217

Many years

1998; for the fiftieth birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales
author of text

Patricia Rozario (soprano), RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
Recording details: June 2000
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 2001
Total duration: 3 minutes 18 seconds


'The Vanbrugh Quartet’s intense and committed performance is of the highest calibre. An indispensable and thoroughly recommendable disc' (Gramophone)

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'The Akhmatova Songs are among Tavener’s most impressive works of recent years. Performances are exemplary, as is the recording' (International Record Review)

'A disc that I can recommend without reservation' (Fanfare, USA)

'A sensational performance' (Music Week)

'In these pieces for singer and string quartet [Patricia Rozario] is at her very best, soaring to strenuous heights in the Akhmatova Songs and spinning a peculiar magic in The World' (Amazon.co.uk)

‘A first class release, which Tavener enthusiasts should not be without’ (MusicWeb International)

'If you doubt that Tavener is a composer of substance, this disc should change your mind' (Opera News)

'Rozario sings divinely and the excellent Vanbrugh Quartet play with magical effect' (The Northern Echo)
The occasional piece Many Years, a charming gift to a personal friend, was composed for the fiftieth birthday of the Prince of Wales in 1998. It was first performed at Hampton Court Palace in November that year, when an alternative version for SATB chorus was heard. The greeting ‘Many years!’ is commonly used in Orthodox countries, either on special occasions or as an everyday expression.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001

Œuvre de circonstance et charmant présent à un ami intime, Many Years a vu le jour à l’occasion des cinquante ans du Prince de Galles, en 1998. Sa première audition – dans une version pour chœur (SATB) – eut lieu au Palais d’Hampton Court, à Londres, en novembre de cette année-là. Dans les pays orthodoxes, il est d’usage de se servir de l’apostrophe « Many years ! » lors d’événements spéciaux ou comme une expression quotidienne.

extrait des notes rédigées par Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Das Gelegenheitswerk Many Years, ein reizendes Geschenk an einen persönlichen Freund, wurde zum fünfzigsten Geburtstag von Prinz Charles im Jahr 1998 komponiert. Die Uraufführung fand im November des Jahres im Hampton Court Palace statt, wo eine alternative Fassung für vierstimmigen SATB-Chor zu hören war. Der Gruß ‘Viele Jahre!’ ist in Ländern der orthodoxen Konfessionen gebräuchlich, entweder bei besonderen Gelegenheiten oder als alltäglicher Begriff.

aus dem Begleittext von Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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