Patricia RozarioSt Christopher

Tavener's Yeats songs
Event 9
Friday October 16th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Patricia Rozario
John Tavener
Greek interlude
Jeremy Dale Roberts
Spoken to a bronze head
A Mini Song Cycle for Gina
Claude Debussy
Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Sofia Gubaidulina
Garden of joy and sorrow
To a Child Dancing in the Wind

This is an archived event from the 2009 Programme.

Patricia Rozario soprano, Mark Troop piano
Oriel Trio: Vourneen Ryan flute, Cliona Doris harp, Cian O’Duill viola

Patricia Rozario’s extraordinary voice is heard in two of John Tavener’s song cycles. She "floats effortlessly with a voice of liquid gold" (The Gramophone) - and she’s Tavener’s soprano of choice.

To a Child Dancing in the Wind was commissioned by the Little Missenden Festival in 1983. It’s scored for soprano, flute, viola and harp, and Tavener’s contemplative colours recall the nature of the W B Yeats poems, reflecting on childhood innocence. A Mini Song Cycle For Gina also sets Yeats texts – elegiac musings on the passage of time, chant-like vocal lines, utterly simple and luminous.

"To a Child Dancing in the Wind and A Mini Song Cycle for Gina… are beautifully poised, unforced lyrics from the 1980s, lusciously sung by Patricia Rozario" (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)

Tavener’s Greek Interlude for flute and piano, another Little Missenden commission, is a musical voyage based on ancient Byzantine modes and folk music from Greek islands.

Jeremy Dale Roberts’s song Spoken to a bronze head sets a poem by Ursula Vaughan Williams inspired by Epstein’s bust of her husband Ralph.

Debussy’s enchantingly ethereal Sonata for flute, viola and harp is a major piece of late impressionism. Gubaidulina is one of the most important Moscow composers after Shostakovich. Her striking music combines spiritual and dramatic elements, with daring and transparently original colours. Her magical Garden of joy and sorrow, written for the same forces as Debussy’s trio, blends Eastern and Western influences in spiritual and ecstatic music.

Patricia Rozario’s angelic soprano has become the definitive voice of Tavener’s music. Her voice contrasts ethereal purity with earthier tones, with amazing agility in passages of high tessitura.

"The higher she went, the more beautiful she sounded… Tavener’s music, delivered through Rozario’s subtle, suggestive art, shadowed the poetry’s every movement" (The Independent)

"The voice moves as with inspired spontaneity over a wide range, always with most beautiful effect. In Patricia Rozario the composer finds… a heaven-sent singer of his music. Her gentleness and purity of tone have nothing shallow or merely pretty about them…She allows her voice to become the songs’ instrument, blissfully free in the higher regions and then wonderfully ample and at ease when the tessitura is suddenly lowered" (Gramophone)

The Irish Oriel Trio came together in 2008 especially to work with Patricia on this repertoire.

See also the Tavener films in event 3

Click to read more about Patricia Rozario.