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A fitting memorial, this performance reduces the all-night vigil of seven hours to a concert work of less than two and a half hours, a version made by Tavener in 2004 and taken from the complete performance at the Temple Church in London in 2003. While preserving the overall shape of eight cycles, each rising a tone to the intensity of the final Eschatology, the only complete cycle is the second, the whole preserving the most significant spiritual ingredients. The performance is superb. The work itself must be directed at those with stamina for its persistent slow-moving repetition and weighty piety.

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