Signum SIG 367
Sir John Tavener: The Veil of the Temple – James Vivian, Patricia Rozario, English Chamber Orchestra, Holst Singers, Temple Church Choir
Signum Records is proud to re-release its landmark recording of Sir John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple at the start of what would have been Tavener’s seventieth birthday year.
This download captures the concert version of this epic eight-hour work, composed to last through the night until dawn in the manner of the grand vigils of the Orthodox Church. Combining psalms of a number of different religions, Tavener skilfully wove a work that is all-encompassing in its scale and spiritual fervour.
‘I regard The Veil of the Temple as the supreme achievement of my life and the most important work that I have ever composed.’
Sir John Tavener
"A fitting memorial, this performance reduces the all-night vigil of seven hours to a concert work of less than two and a half hours, a version made by Tavener in 2004 and taken from the complete performance at the Temple Church in London in 2003... The performance is superb. The work itself must be directed at those with stamina for its persistent slow-moving repetition and weighty piety." ****
Patric Standford - Choir & Organ magazine - May/June 2014
Editor’s Choice - Vocal
".. Performance and recording are outstanding . An essential testimony to the vitality of the musical and spiritual vision of the final creative phase of one of Britiain’s greatest composers."
Ivan Moody - Gramophone magazine- April 2014