<< -- 3 -- Patric Standford BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS
The World is by far the most appealing piece on the disc, a 10
minute song to a poem by Kathleen Raine whose 90th birthday it celebrated.
It is a fine, economical piece of work, its four verses using the same three
elements, stark opening pizzicato chords and a line of long held
notes [listen -- track 1, 0:00-0:52] and trills
over a quiet pedal [listen -- track 1, 1:47-2:34].
There is also a brief birthday tribute to the Prince of Wales, and a set
of short songs to texts by Anna Akhmatova, for which Tavener conjures some
exquisite atmospheres, like the Mahler of the poem honouring Boris Pasternak
'endowed with some eternal childhood' [listen -- track
12, 0:00-0:45] and one of the few passionate cries of the whole recital
in the poem Death, 'already I stand at the threshold to something'
[listen -- track 15, 1:10-1:45]. Whilst all these
songs are presented by Tavener's most devoted vocal servant, Rozario seems
less than comfortable in them. But both The World and the six short
Russian songs show Tavener at his best, which is, of course, at his briefest
-- some of the beautiful moments.
Copyright © 13 May 2001
Patric Standford, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK
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