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Veil of the Temple
Tavener, Choir of Temple Church, Layton
Veil of the Temple
Genre: Classical


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All Artists: Tavener, Choir of Temple Church, Layton
Title: Veil of the Temple
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA
Release Date: 3/22/2005
Album Type: Hybrid SACD - DSD
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 828766615425

CD Reviews

Wonderfully mystical music
Aquinas | celestial heights, UK | 11/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first listened to this whilst very sick in bed and looking back it seems to me that sickness engenders precisely the kind of receptivity that is necessary for accepting this work. It is precisely in our lowness that ours hearts begins to open up and enter into the Jesus prayer, the Kyrie eleison and all the other primordial sounds which Tavener creates. As is usual with more recent Tavener, we have an eclectic mix - the music is still christocentric but other traditions are brought in, Sufism, Buddhism and Hinduim (curiously no Judaism - is that because Tavener sees it as absorbed into christianity?). Its clear though that the contributions from other religios traditions are seen through the lense of Christ. The music is wonderfully uplifting if not mesmerising - one longs to have been there for the whole 7-8 hours - the accoustics in the temple are just wonderful.

Since listening to Stephen Layton's recordings with Polyphony of the choral music of Macmillam (Seven words and Tenebrae on Hyperion), I have become a fan of his and I believe he has done a wonderful job bringing all these forces together.

The only negatives I would have are as follows: some of the lyrics of the non-sacred text pieces miss the mark - they try to appear profound but somehow have the oppostive effect and appear somewhat trivial. Finally, the ending with the Hindu chant does not quite come off - it kind of sounds corny and trivial."