Tavener: Fall and Resurrection (DVD)

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Patricia Rozario, Michael Chance, Stephen Richardson, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox

Patricia Rozario (Soprano), Michael Chance (Counter-tenor), Martyn Hill (psaltis), Adrian Peacock (Voice of God/Christ/Devil), Stephen Richardson (Bass)

St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox

The World Premiere performance of Sir John Tavener’s epic work written for the new millennium, recorded in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, in January 2000. The composer makes full use of the remarkable acoustic of St Paul’s, presented here in breathtaking 5.1 Surround Sound.

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"Although one can never fully capture the atmosphere of a live performance, this DVD...brings you as close as you can get. Indeed for a piece of music that largely consists of a series of grand effects perhaps it is even in some way enhanced on DVD. The vast architecture and acoustics of St Paul’s Cathedral are exploited to the full in a colourful kind of son et lumiére which is well captured by intelligent camera work and very clear surround sound. There are some wonderful aural effects; for example, the thundering climax of the final ‘Cosmic Dance of the Resurrection’, with full organ and peal of Easter bells, is quite overwhelming...This is a well presented ‘collector’s edition’, providing everything possible to increase the listener’s appreciation of the piece." - Choir & Organ

"By any standards, the closing minutes made an overwhelming impression...A thunderous climax echoed round the great dome of St Paul’s..." - The Times

"From the opening where the hall was swathed in a purple light and a shimmering sound, to the climax complete with blaring ram’s horns, Fall and Resurrection conveyed the right balance of structure and feeling, of heart and soul." - The Daily Express