Ma to perform 'Veil'

CLASSICAL MUSIC

July 11, 1996|By Stephen Wigler

The British composer John Tavener's conversion in 1977 to the Russian Orthodox Church had profound consequences for his music, which began to take on altogether more transcendental and austere qualities. Although Tavener is Western-trained, in some respects he now most resembles such Eastern European "minimalists" as Henryk Gorecki and Alfred Schnittke.

His best-known work, "The Protecting Veil," was composed in 1987 at the suggestion of the brilliant, young British cellist Steven Isserlis that Tavener write a piece for cello and strings. The work, which takes its inspiration from the Orthodox "Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God," has been a huge success for Isserlis, and other cellists, including Yo-Yo Ma, have taken up its challenge. In preparation for a recording of the piece for Sony Classics, Ma will perform it with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and David Zinman on Monday.

The performance is Monday at 7: 30 p.m. in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $9-$15. Call (410) 783-8000.

Pub Date: 7/11/96

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