The Britten Sinfonia premieres Sir John Tavener’s last major concert work, Flood of Beauty (Saundarya Lahari).
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, who would have turned 70 this year, 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.
'The audience, so that they are, as it were, "surrounded" by bliss and beauty' Sir John Tavener
Programme & Performers
Tavener Flood of Beauty
Britten Sinfonia Martyn Brabbins conductor Allison Bell soprano Marcus Farnsworth baritone Natalie Clein cello Sheema Mukherjee sitar Kuljit Bhamra tabla Britten Sinfonia Voices New London Chamber Choir Eamonn Dougan Britten Sinfonia Voices Director