Sir John Tavener Ikon Of Eros HDCD

Sir John Tavener

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One of today's most celebrated composers, Sir John Tavener has earned a huge following worldwide for the combination of spiritual mysticism, reverent yearning and passion that suffuses all of his music. This work, originated as a commission for Jorja Fleezanis, concertmistress of the Minnesota Orchestra, on the occasion of the orchestra's Centennial, is scored for five groups of performers: solo violin, solo soprano, and dholak (a double-headed cylindrical drum); Greek psaltist (or cantor), mixed chorus, and very large Tibetan temple bowl and very large tamtam; two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, small Tibetan temple bowl, very large tamtam, and dholak; four horns, four trumpets, three tenor trombones and bass trombone, large Tibetan temple bowl, and very large tamtam, dholak, and strings.

Ikon of Eros expresses a moving interplay between the forces of the orchestra, depicting aspects of the Divine Spirit, and the violin, representing the "Divine Eros" -- "our longing for God and His longing for us." The music speaks deeply to a universal longing for love, peace transcendence that unite all faiths."

Prof. Johnson's recording amazingly captures the enveloping sound of the massed orchestra, choir and soloists in magnificent acoustics of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, MN, creating a transcendent musical and audio experience.

Tavener's dedication: "To the Blessed Country of Greece, who through her landscape and her Holy Orthodox Faith has shown me something of the Divine Eros."

The composer writes: What began as a piece of music for violin and orchestra ended up as Ikon of Eros, for solo violin, orchestra and choir. The choir acts like a Greek chorus, singing at some distance from the other performers: they sing key words in Greek: Metemorphothes (Transfigured), Eros (Divine love), Ekstasis (Ecstasy) and Alliluia (then unending song of the Angels). The brass instruments represent God the Father; the strings God the Son; and the woodwind, God the Holy Spirit. The solo violin, which plays almost continuously, represents Divine Eros itself (common in its deepest sense to all religious traditions), and also our longing for God and His longing for us. It should play from high up, above the main group. The layout out of performers will vary according to the building, but it should be Trinitarian in form, ideally shaped like a pyramid with the solo violin at the pinnacle, or at least above the orchestra: The music should ideally be played in a resonant acoustic, with plenty of space to emphasize the musical symbolism and metaphysics. In one sense the music must fail because of the impossible task of reaching Divine Eros. However, it is humbly offered to those "who have ears to hear."

"Top-notch Tavener with the orchestra's leader on soaring form... I would venture to say that Ikon of Eros is the most alluring of Tavener's recent works... the recording seems close to ideal. Both the performance and the engineering are unlikely to be bettered any time soon." - Gramophone

Jorja Fleezanis, violin
Patricia Rosario, soprano
Tim Krol, baritone
Minnesota Orchestra
Paul Goodwin, conductor

Ikon of Eros for Violin, Chorus and Orchestra
plus an exclusive 10-minute interview with Sir John Tavener himself, discussing the Ikon of Eros.

Recorded April 2-3, 2003 at Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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