Tenebrae at Ely Cathedral
Wednesday 17 June 7.30pm (ends approx 9.15pm)From £6.00 to £35.00
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
We return to the awe-inspiring Ely Cathedral for Tenebrae’s exploration of Catholic splendour and Russian Orthodox fervour, centred on the music and influences of John Tavener.
In his early career Tavener was fascinated by the ornate rituals of Catholicism, as exemplified by Tallis’s spectacular 40-part motet Spem in alium – preceded here by the UK premiere of Unsuk Chin’s specially-composed prelude – but in 1977 he joined the Russian Orthodox Church.
The works which followed his conversion, music of radiant beauty and transcendental simplicity, were inspired by the distinctive sound of Russian Orthodox choral music – warm, tender and, with its remarkable ‘oktavist’ sub-bass voice, as awesome as the setting.
Booking opens on Tuesday 18 February at 10am
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Nigel Short director
Tavener Song for Athene 5’
Gretchanninov Niine silye 6’
Rachmaninov Hymn to the Cherubim 4’
Tavener Pater noster 2’
Golovanov Otche nash 5’
Tavener The Lamb 3’
Two hymns to the Mother of God 7’
Chesnokov Tebe poem 3’
Tavener Mother and Child 10’
Glinka Hymn to the Cherubim 4’
Rachmaninov Blazhen muz 5’
Unsuk Chin Nulla est finis – a prelude to ‘Spem in alium 3’ (UK premiere)
Tallis Spem in alium 10’