John Tavener’s ethereal masterpiece for soprano, piano quintet and Tibetan temple bowls sprang from his discovery of the poems of the Swiss philosopher Frithjof Schuon, a defining moment in the composer’s lifelong quest to express beauty and truth through music. The continuous, ecstatic flow of sound achieves what the Chicago Tribune described as a “Messiaen-like state of transcendental beauty and grace”.
This rare performance of the cycle of mystical love songs and canons marks a double anniversary: 10 years since the composer’s death in 2013, and two decades of the Temple Music Foundation, which was formed to commission Tavener’s seven-hour vigil The Veil of the Temple in 2003.
The performance lasts approximately 70 minutes.
*Change of artist: We are so sorry that Aoife Miskelly is unwell with pneumonia, and is unable to appear in this performance. We wish Aoife a speedy recovery. We are hugely grateful to Eleanor Pennell-Briggs for stepping in. More information about Eleanor here.
"A major work of beguiling beauty"The Times on Schuon Lieder
"One of the most purely beautiful things – at once worldly and otherworldly – that John Tavener has created"Stephen Johnson