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Manchester International Festival: John Tavener
Inspired by the great religious traditions, John Tavener’s music is celebrated for its enduring beauty and deeply spiritual outlook. His music has connected with audiences around the world on a profoundly emotional level, and has brought him commercial and critical acclaim rarely enjoyed by living composers.
The evening will include three world premières. The Love Duet from The Play of Krishna, performed by John Mark Ainsley and Elin Manahan Thomas, has been described by the composer as ‘the most ecstatic music that I have ever written’. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is Tavener’s recent exploration into the work of Tolstoy, performed by cellist Steven Isserlis with bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu.
Through MIF Creative, Tavener will also be working directly with the faiths that have influenced him; If Ye Love Me is a new piece for the MIF Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir, formed from faith communities across Greater Manchester working together to explore the beauty and power of voices raised in praise. The choir will also perform Tavener’s Mahamatar, set to Werner Herzog’s film Pilgrimage, alongside special guest Abida Parveen.
Completing the evening is a rare performance of In Alium, Tavener’s radical Proms commission from 1968.
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Venue: Bridgewater Hall
Lower Moseley Street
M2 3WS 53.475735, -2.244883
Seating Plan View the Seating Plan
→ Oxford Road 3 min walk