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Scottish Ensemble - Tavener: Tears of the Angels - Inverness Courier


18 September 1998
Inverness Courier
Jim Love

Tavener's music was played at the end of the Princess of Wales' funeral service and this is more in the same intensely spiritual mood.

..."Depart in Peace" is a setting of the Nunc Dimittis (a version of which was used to introduce TV's "Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy") with a Hallelujah chorus that becomes increasingly animated and eastern in style, contrasting with the haunting "Song of Simeon", radiantly sung by the Indian-born soprano Patricia Rozario. The accompanying strings play a repeated descending string figure that recalls Vaughn Williams' "Tallis Fantasia".

"My Gaze Is Ever Upon You" is a series of meditations for Clio Gould's double-tracked violin linked by bass drone and the concluding title track- inspired by events in Bosnia - sets the upper register of Gould's solo violin against soft slow harmonies on the strings in the manner of Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending", creating a similar sense of stillness but overlaid with tragedy.


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