Tavener - The Protecting Veil | Signum SIGCD585

Tavener - The Protecting Veil

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD585

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 14th June 2019

Contents

Artists

Matthew Barley (cello)
Sukhvinder ‘’Pinky’ Singh (tabla)
Olwyn Fouere (reader)
Julie Christie (reader)
Sinfonietta Riga

Conductor

Matthew Barley

Works

Khan, Sultan

The Song of Separation and Waiting

Tavener, John

Mother and Child (arr. Matthew Barley)
The Protecting Veil

Artists

Matthew Barley (cello)
Sukhvinder ‘’Pinky’ Singh (tabla)
Olwyn Fouere (reader)
Julie Christie (reader)
Sinfonietta Riga

Conductor

Matthew Barley

About

“Transcendent With Awesome Majesty”: John Tavener wrote these words above the opening cello notes of The Protecting Veil, immediately 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.

Reviews

Remarkably, Barley directs the Sinfonietta Riga himself, from the cello, and the sense of complicity is very much a hallmark of this performance. ... Barley’s cello sings and the orchestra functions perfectly as the ‘cosmic echo chamber’ the composer desired. ... Even if you have other recordings of The Protecting Veil, I recommend this utterly beautiful and originally framed version unreservedly.  Ivan Moody
Gramophone July 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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