Halcyon Digest


Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010

Experimental Rock

Deerhunter's fifth album may have been their creative summit, perfectly blending their gifts for melody and abstraction. Far less experimental or abrasive than what came before, the songs drift hazily through themes of nostalgia and blurry memories, mirrored sonically by dreamy guitar pop and some of their most high-impact production.

- Fred Thomas

John Tavener: The Veil of the Temple

Stephen Layton / Patricia Rozario / John Tavener

John Tavener: The Veil of the Temple

March 22, 2005


A large-scale choral work inspired by sacred music, it brings together ideas drawn mainly from Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, embodied in rhythms and chants from those sources. This performance by the Choir of the Temple Church of London, the Holst Singers, and the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Layton, emphasizes the ethereal and otherworldly aspect of the score, and the resonant acoustics of the Temple Church give the singers and instrumentalists an aural halo that suggests the spirituality of the ancient texts and evokes their remoteness in time.

- Blair Sanderson