John Tavener – Anthems from the Veil of the Temple
12th June 2008
Conceived as a journey from darkness to light, The Veil of the Temple was premiered in the Temple Church, London, in 2003. It has subsequently been performed in New York, Amsterdam and Berlin, and in a concert version at the BBC Proms.
The anthems range from the breathtakingly simple Mother of God, here I stand and the quietly ecstatic Awed by the Beauty, both for unaccompanied chorus, to the sonorous You mantle yourself in light, the contemplative What God is we do not know and the radiant O Mary Theotokos, each with organ accompaniment.
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