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Tavener: Schuon Hymnen, The Second Coming
Import, Hybrid SACD
The Second Coming - Schuon Hymnen - As One who has slept - Birthday Sleep - Exhortation and Kohima - Shûnya - Butterfly Dreams - The Bridal Chamber / Ensemble Polyphony, dir. Stephen Layton
1. Birthday Sleep, for chorus
2. Butterfly Dreams, for chorus: i. Butterfly Dreams based on Chuang Tse
3. Butterfly Dreams, for chorus: ii. Haiku by Kokku
4. Butterfly Dreams, for chorus: iii. Haiku by Buson
5. Butterfly Dreams, for chorus: iv. Haiku by Issa
6. Butterfly Dreams, for chorus: v. Haiku, anon.
7. Butterfly Dreams, for chorus: vi. The Butterfly by Pavel Friedmann
8. Butterfly Dreams, for chorus: vii. Butterfly Song from Acoman Indian
9. Butterfly Dreams, for chorus: viii. Butterfly Dreams based on Chuang Tse
10. The Second Coming, for chorus & organ
11. Schuon Hymnen, for chorus
12. As one who has slept, for chorus
13. The Bridal Chamber, for 2 counter-tenors, 3 tenors & 2 basses
14. Exhortation and Kohima, for chorus
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September 11, 2008
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This music is simply mesmerizing! I have been listening to this compact disc constantly on my daily commute to and from work. I'm normally one who changes the CD a lot, but this music just hold me, but in such a calming and soothing, and yet somehow moving way. Tavener is one of the greatest living composers of sacred music. He has so many great works. These are actually some of the lesser known of his material but they are beautiful pieces and well worth checking out.
November 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This particular CD receives the top accolade from the Gramophone guide and after a single listening one can see why. Stephen Layton and Polyphony are simply wonderful. I was particularly taken by "Birthday Sleep", "Butterfly dreams" and "As one who sleeps" (a simple and beautiful celebration of the resurrection) but was less taken by the Schuon Hymen and Shunya which I felt in both cases went on too long - I know Shunya is kind of meant to be mantra like but nearly 18 minutes was too much. Anyway, this is a minor quibble - the music has all the mystical and ethereal qualities one expects from Tavener and then we have the gorgeous singing. An absolute music for Tavener fans.
July 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I always knew it should be possible and John Tavener has done it. Human voices put into harmonies of unparalleled beauty. If you enjoy chant or choral music or trance or new age, buy this and make your ears happy.
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