Related Reviews
BBC Music Magazine
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 >>
Epulse Magazine
...exquisitely voiced harmonies...
more >>
La Scena Musicale
4 Stars
Fans of spiritual minimalism will delight in John Tavener's Tears of the Angels.
more >>
The Buffalo News
4 Stars
"Tears of the Angels" is an exquisite plaint for violin and strings
more >>
Billboard
...shouldn't be overlooked.
more >>
Denver Rocky Mountain News
...slow-moving pieces of heavenly serenity.
more >>

brings to mind beatific visions of angels
more >>
Klassienke Zaken mag

more >>
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....
more >>
The Inverness Courier
Classical Record of the Year
more >>
Darlington and Stockton Times
Tavener's most recent and beautiful works...
more >>
Sound and Music

more >>
Classic CD
A suberb performance with outstanding playing
more >>
Gramophone
An extremely moving and beautiful disc that should not be missed.
more >>
Classic CD Magazine
5 Stars
.."at the extreme breaking point of tenderness"...
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 >>

Scottish Ensemble - Tavener: Tears of the Angels - Tacoma Reporter


22 April 1999
Tacoma Reporter

There is total technical satisfaction with the recording of Tavener's music, called Tears of the Angels, on the Linn label. But for modernists who insist that a composer's idiom should never look backward, there may be some disappointment.

Tavener, born in 1944, has abandoned his experimental style in favour of a gentle inner spirituality that reflects his religious transition from Presbyterianism to Eastern Orthodoxy.

These compositions, commissioned and recorded by the BT Scottish Ensemble - a 12-member string ensemble- reflects Tavener's recent preoccupation with his father's death, his own mortality, even the suffering by the people in the Balkans.

The writing and playing are gorgeous - especially "Depart in Peace" which features soprano Patricia Rozario, intoning an ecstatic hymn on the word "alleluia" over mysterious Arabic scales. The exotic blend is pure aural aromatherapy.  


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Scottish EnsembleScottish Ensemble
Tavener: Tears Of The AngelsTavener: Tears Of The Angels