“Transcendent With Awesome Majesty”. John Tavener wrote these words above the opening cello notes of The Protecting Veil, immediately communicating the scale of this universal, timeless, structurally perfect and emotionally powerful work. In the composer’s words “The cello represents The Mother of God and never stops singing”. Indeed, the cello sings without stopping for the entire 46 minutes of the piece, requiring huge mental and physical stamina.
Matthew Barley leads Sinfonietta Rīga in this exploration of Tavener’s musical works and inspirations, interspersing performances with readings of WB Yeats and Frithjof Schuon by renowned actors Julie Christie and Olwyn Fouéré. The influence Tavener drew from Indian music in The Protecting Veil is also explored further in Barley’s performance with tabla player Sukhvinder ‘Pinky’ Singh in The Song of Separation and Waiting by Pandit Sultan Khan.
Matthew Barley is known internationally as a cellist, improviser, arranger, music animateur, and as Artistic Director of Between The Notes. His musical world is focused on projects that connect people in different ways, blurring the boundaries that never really existed between genres and people.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven WB Yeats Read by Olwyn Fouéré
The Protecting Veil Sir John Tavener 2. The Protecting Veil 3. The Nativity of the Mother of God 4. Annunciation 5. The Incarnation 6. The Lament of the Mother of God at the Cross 7. The Resurrection 8. The Dormition 9. The Protecting Veil With Sinfonietta Rīga, directed from the cello by Matthew Barley
10. The Mother of God WB Yeats Read by Olwyn Fouéré
11. Mother and Child John Tavener, arr. Barley With Sinfonietta Rīga, directed from the cello by Matthew Barley
12. World Wheel XXVII: ‘I heard the gypsy’s violin play’ Frithjof Schuon Read by Julie Christie
13. The Song of Separation and Waiting Pandit Sultan Khan With Sukhvinder ‘Pinky’ Singh, tabla