'White as Jasmine' reviews

'White as Jasmine, a dramatic scene… which sets the poetry of two 12th-century Indian saints and mystics.  The piece finds a way of realising the image of dawn breaking as a "million million suns": a blinding burst of orchestral sound… as if the music had transformed into a dazzling, cosmic light.'
The Guardian (Tom Service), May 2003

'Jonathan Harvey, dont le White as Jasmine, fut le sommet de la soirée et peut-être du festival: par la richesse de l'inspiration autant que par l'interpretation puissante et sensible de la soprano dramatique Hélène Bernardy, ce cycle s'est bien impose comme un classique du genre hors du temps, pour toujours dans l'ars musica.'
La libre Belgique (Martin Dumont-Mergeay), 27 March 2003

'Aptly voluptuous and fiercely ecstatic music in which a big orchestra is spangled by jangling percussion and turbo-charged by rich splurges of synthesiser... All this, however, is offset by the voice, which is often calm, almost ascetic.'
The Times (Richard Morrison), 31 May 2003

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