About the album
Above the opening notes of The Protecting Veil, John Tavener wrote Transcendent With Awesome Majesty, communicating the scale of this universal, timeless, structurally perfect and emotionally powerful work.
In the composer’s words, “the cello represents The Mother of God and never stops singing.” Indeed, the cello sings without stopping for the entire 46 minutes of the piece, requiring huge mental and physical stamina. Matthew Barley leads Sinfonietta Rīga in this exploration of Tavener’s musical works and inspirations, interspersing performances with readings of WB Yeats and Frithjof Schuon by renowned actors Julie Christie and Olwyn Fouéré. The influence Tavener drew from Indian music in The Protecting Veil is also explored further in Barley’s performance with tabla player Sukhvinder ‘Pinky’ Singh in The Song of Separation and Waiting by Pandit Sultan Khan.
Matthew Barley is known internationally as a cellist, improviser, arranger, music animateur, and as Artistic Director of Between The Notes. His musical world is focused on projects that connect people in different ways, blurring the boundaries that never really existed between genres and people.
11He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
12The Protecting Veil: I. The Protecting Veil I. The Protecting Veil
13The Protecting Veil: II. The Nativity of the Mother of God II. The Nativity of the Mother of God
14The Protecting Veil: III. Annunciation III. Annunciation
15The Protecting Veil: IV. The Incarnation IV. The Incarnation
16The Protecting Veil: V. The Lament of the Mother of God at the Cross V. The Lament of the Mother of God at the Cross
17The Protecting Veil: VI. The Resurrection VI. The Resurrection
18The Protecting Veil: VII. The Dormition VII. The Dormition
19The Protecting Veil: VIII. The Protecting Veil VIII. The Protecting Veil
110The Mother of God
111Mother and Child
112World Wheel XXVII: ‘I heard the gypsy’s violin play’
113The Song of Separation and Waiting