Episode #2773

Eternity's Sunrise

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Listen to music by John Tavener for this edition of New Sounds. We'll hear "Eternity's Sunrise," written for superhuman soprano, handbells, and Baroque instrumental ensemble and based on poetry by William Blake. According to the composer, "the concept of solo soprano (representing earth) at ground level, handbells (representing the angels) at an intermediate position, and the main baroque ensemble at a high level (representing heaven) fitted exactly with the Blake text which I had decided to set." Tavener dedicated the piece to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. That, and more.

PROGRAM #2773, John Tavener & His Musical Influences (First aired on Thursday, 3-06-08)





Russian Orthodox Chants


Magnificat [2:30]

Unesco/Auvidis #8301 Out of print, but try auction sites or University Libraries

John Tavener

Eternity’s Sunrise

Eternity’s Sunrise [11:00]

Harmonia Mundi #907231** *

Russian Orthodox Chants


O ye Apostles [2:30]

See above.

Ivan Moody

Passion And Resurrection

Ikon I – Incarnation [3:30] Ikon 6 – The Deposition from the Cross [12:30]

Hyperion #66999

Chanticleer & Haydn and Handel Society of Boston

Lamentations and Praises

John Tavener : Golgotha- The Descent From the Cross [2:00]
Statis I [6:00]
Resurrection In Hades [4:30]

Teldec #41342 **

The Music of Islam

Volume 9: Mawlawiyah Music of the Whirling Dervishes

Suite In Rast, excerpt [4:30]

Celestial Harmonies #13149

Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Musical compositions written to celebrate specific events or persons are not a new concept. Verdi wrote his opera "Aida" to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. Wagner was commissioned to write a march for the Columbian Exposition in the U.S., the "American Centennial March" ("Grosser Festmarsh"). Wagner later wrote disparagingly of this, his own composition. Mozart wrote a piano concerto, the "Coronation", for that momentous event. For grandiose geographical icons, Ferde Grofe wrote the "Grand Canyon Suite" and Holst wrote the orchestral tribute to the planet" Jupiter". A composer myself, I have composed the operas "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare". I am a Wagnerian heldentenor.
Kenneth Bennett Lane, director, Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where artists are trained for the Wagner opera roles and the roles in the Shakespeare plays.

Feb. 19 2010 07:46 PM

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