‘An exceedingly beautiful disc that I have no hesitation in making my record of the year.' Gramophone
‘The title track and a work of ethereal stillness, is played with breathtaking control by Clio Gould, whose part resides ecstatically at the most precipitous heights of the violin…the performance of this exotic and bewitchingly beautiful composition […Depart In Peace…] is mesmerising.' Hi-Fi Choice
‘Linn's fine recording of the 12 crack players of the Scottish Ensemble provides the best of both worlds, a successful hybrid that can project the raw energy of the Allegro molto, for instance, more effectively than the bigger forces.' BBC Music Magazine
‘A superb performance with outstanding playing.' Classic CD
Tavener wrote the extraordinarily moving ...Depart in Peace… following the death of his father. Written for soprano, violin, tampura and strings it features Eastern elements and a glittering setting of the Song of Simeon; Patricia Rozario and Clio Gould are outstanding soloists in this beautiful piece.
Clio Gould’s perfectly pitched and emotive violin playing takes centre stage in My Gaze is Ever upon You and Tears of the Angels.
John Tavener, who passed away in 2013, was described as one of ‘the very best creative talents of his generation’ by The Times; these compositions are among his finest.
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John Tavener, one of those lucky composers who can expect to encounter their work before the ink is scarcely dry.more >>
....strangely beautiful, in a contemplative, other-worldly way.more >>La Scena Musicale
Fans of spiritual minimalism will delight in John Tavener's Tears of the Angels.more >>Epulse Magazine
...exquisitely voiced harmonies...more >>The Buffalo News
"Tears of the Angels" is an exquisite plaint for violin and stringsmore >>Billboard
...shouldn't be overlooked.Tacoma Reporter
The exotic blend is pure aural aromatherapy.more >>Denver Rocky Mountain News
...slow-moving pieces of heavenly serenity.more >>
brings to mind beatific visions of angelsmore >>Klassienke Zaken magmore >>Life and Work
achingly beautiful purity emerges in the music on this album.more >>Stereophile
It's sounds you could swim in. Seek this one out.more >>Northern Echo
For sheer beauty of sound and emotional depths the Scottish Ensembles disc is well nigh impossible to beat....The Inverness Courier
Classical Record of the YearDarlington and Stockton Times
Tavener's most recent and beautiful works...Sound and Musicmore >>Classic CD Magazine
.."at the extreme breaking point of tenderness"...Classic CD
A suberb performance with outstanding playingmore >>Gramophone
An extremely moving and beautiful disc that should not be missed.more >>Inverness Courier
...becomes increasingly animated and Eastern in style...more >>Northern Echo
haunting, gentle and emotionally intense...more >>Bradford Telegraph
All in all a beautiful disc I urge you to try.more >>The Standard
a work that can be as frightening as it is beautiful...more >>