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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing. A triumph in the modern idiom that's on par with the Rennaisance masters., 6 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Tavener : Lamentations & Praises (Audio CD)
As a Byzantine Catholic I found this lament over Christ removed from the cross a perfect expression of agony, loss and isolation. Transcendent meaning is instilled in flashes, but in no way dissipating the agony felt. One must be "in the mood" and prepared to meditate on "final things" when listening. It is not composed to provide a smooth aesthetic interlude.

The bleak performance suits the composer's intentions admirably. We're lucky to have this compilation.

The programme notes consist of the extended texts and nothing else, in keeping with the bleak nature of Tavener's focus. Superb b&w photos convey the final touch of austerity that is called for.

I'm indebted to the prior review by "Acquinas" and will now seek out Veil of the Temple. This is my first encounter with Tavener. I may have been helped in liking these lamentations because I wasn't looking for scaffolding from the English choral traditions and so I didn't miss them or feel let down. I found no deficiencies at all. In fact, the impact could hardly have been greater.
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