Tavener - Ikon of Light: Special Commemorative Edition | Coro COR16116

Tavener - Ikon of Light: Special Commemorative Edition

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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16116

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th December 2013



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 new version will only be available for one year from January 2014.

The 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, alongside Ikon of Light, 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.

"I consider 'Ikon of Light' to be one of my most important works…I recall the splendour and magic of the sound of The Sixteen at the recording, and in particular, at hearing them sing Eonia for the first time. Heartfelt thanks to Harry Christophers and The Sixteen." - Sir John Tavener

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