Listeners are often lost for words when they hear John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil. It’s so sincere, so warm, and so beautiful that it speaks to listeners of all faiths and none. Short listed for the 1992 Mercury Prize, it remains one of the most popular and moving works for cello ever written. This evening’s cellist, Matthew Barley, and the musicians of the City of London Sinfonia give their own personal reflections on this piece through living programme notes.
Tavener/ Barley Living programme notes on The Protecting Veil
Tavener The Protecting Veil