About the album
Sir John Tavener was one of Britain’s leading composers of the last 50 years. To commemorate his extraordinary life and works The Sixteen is re-releasing its acclaimed recording Ikon of Light in a special limited edition slip-cased version with a newly commissioned booklet essay.
The repertoire for this album was originally conceived for Sir John’s 50th birthday and covers a wide range of his celebrated choral output including Eonia, which Sir John especially requested The Sixteen record, as well as Ikon of Light and the immediately popular settings of William Blake’s The Lamb and The Tyger.
Despite the mystic beauty of his music, John Tavener's place in Western music was a controversial one. His desire to create musical ikons for a time in which he believed 'man had lost his belief not only in God, but also in himself' was provocative. Yet part of the attraction of his music must surely arise from its symbolic nature, a reflection of his deeply-held Orthodox faith.
The new commemorative version of Ikon of Light will be available for one year from January 2014.
The Sixteen re-releases its acclaimed Tavener recording to commemorate the composer’s life and works.
11A Hymn to the Mother of God
12Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
15Movt. 1 - Fos I, Doxa
16Movt. 2 - Doxa (più intensita)
17Movt. 3 - Trisagion I
113Movt. 5 - Trisagio
114Movt. 6 - Fos II
115Movt. 7 - Epiphania
116Today the Virgin