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Celebrating John Tavener - Flood of Beauty

From the Barbican, Martyn Brabbins conducts a celebration of the legacy of John Tavener, with the Britten Sinfonia in the premiere of Flood of Beauty, his last major concert work.

Live from the Barbican Hall

Celebrating the remarkable legacy of Sir John Tavener in what would have been his 70th birthday year, the Britten Sinfonia gives the world premiere of Flood of Beauty, a setting of a Sanskrit poem, and his last major concert work.

John Tavener: Flood of Beauty (world premiere)

Allison Bell (soprano)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
Natalie Clein (cello)
Sheema Mukherjee (sitar)
Kuljit Bhamra (tabla)
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Eamonn Dougan (Britten Sinfonia Voices Director)
New London Chamber Choir
conductor Martyn Brabbins

Based on a Sanskrit poem by the 9th-century philosopher and poet Sankara, the piece is an attempt to show the rapture and bliss of the Divine Being through Hinduism - following Tavener's many revered musical journeys through Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Flood of Beauty was devised by the late composer to be performed with the instruments of a normal symphony orchestra, but all spaced around the auditorium - with Indian classical instruments tabla and sitar completing the ensemble.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • John Tavener

    Flood of Beauty for soloists, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Performer: Allison Bell. Performer: Kuljit Bhamra. Performer: Marcus Farnsworth. Performer: Natalie Clein. Performer: Sheema Mukherjee. Performer: Britten Sinfonia. Performer: Britten Sinfonia Voices. Performer: New London Chamber Choir.
  • Post concert

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano sonata in C minor, D958

      Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
      • Daniel Barenboim - Schubert Piano Sonatas.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
      • 002894793371.

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