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Track(s) taken from CDH55414

The Tiger

First line:
Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
author of text

St George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
Recording details: July 1990
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Chris Sayers
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1991
Total duration: 4 minutes 32 seconds

Cover artwork: Our Lady with the Infant Jesus riding on a Lamb, with St John by William Blake (1757-1827)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Crown Copyright


'The Lamb alone is worth the price of this disc' (Fanfare, USA)
The Tiger (1987) is a companion piece to The Lamb. The music nevertheless responds to Blake’s images in a more obvious way than that of The Lamb: it has a pulsing, surging energy appropriate to the tiger, and a dazzling range of colour. Particularly splendid is the music for ‘When the stars threw down their spears’, which is followed immediately by a masterly musical reminiscence of The Lamb at ‘Did he who made the Lamb make thee?’.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1991

Dans The Tiger («Le Tigre»; 1987), compagnon de «L’Agneau», la musique correspond cependant aux images de Blake bien plus visiblement que dans «L’Agneau»: elle a une énergie palpitante et croissante qui convient au tigre, et une gamme éblouissante de couleurs. La musique de «Quand les étoiles jetèrent leurs lances» est particulièrement splendide, et elle est suivie immédiatement par une réminiscence musicale magistrale de «L’Agneau» avec «Te créa-t-il, celui qui créa l’Agneau?».

extrait des notes rédigées par Ivan Moody © 1991
Français: Alain Midoux

The Tiger (1987) ist das Gegenstück zu The Lamb. Hier jedoch reagiert die Musik eindeutiger auf Blakes Bildelemente als bei The Lamb: Sie weist eine pulsierende, drängende Energie auf, die dem Tiger angemessen ist, sowie eine blendende Klangfülle. Besonders großartig ist die Musik zu „Als die Sterne geschleudert manchen Speer“, der unmittelbar eine meisterhafte musikalische Reminiszenz an The Lamb folgt, und zwar an der Stelle, wo es heisst: „Schuf der Schöpfer des Lammes auch dich?“.

aus dem Begleittext von Ivan Moody © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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