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V "I didn't try to make it; it came from inside me," says Sir John Tavener of his The Veil of the Temple, designed to last from dusk till dawn in church and 150-minutes long on the new RCA Red Seal/Sony CD released next Monday. Starting with Sufism and ending among the Hindus, it reveals the Blessed John in unprecedentedly ecumenical form, but I'm reassured to find his prejudices still intact. When I ask what he means by this being "an attempt to restore the sacred imagination", he replies: "It's about a dimension in art which has got totally lost. When humanism came in with late Beethoven, art for art's sake became the goal, leading to things like the artist currently exhibiting his own excrement in the Tate."

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The title indicated homage to the recently deceased Luciano Berio, but the event reflected the homage he had paid to the folk music of North America, France, Iran, Azerbaijan and the islands of the Mediterranean.

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