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Tavener: Ex Maria Virgine, Angels, Etc / Brown, Berkieta, Jacobs, Clare College Choir, Et Al


Release Date: 11/18/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572168   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Tavener
Performer:  James McVinnieStefan BerkietaSimon Jacobs
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TAVENER Ex Maria virgine. Birthday Sleep. O Do Not Move. A Nativity. Marienhymne. O Thou Gentle Light. Angels Timothy Brown, dir; Clare College Cambridge Ch NAXOS 8.572168 (63:46 Text and Translation)


Two of the selections are first recordings: Ex Maria virgine , the major work at 38 minutes, and Marienhymne . The other works are not widely available, for Read more style="font-style:italic">Birthday Sleep was recorded by Stephen Layton (28:4), A Nativity by Matthew Greenall (not issued over here), and Angels by David Hill (23: 2). I cannot find the first recordings of the other two pieces.


Marienhymne is sung in German, while O Thou Gentle Light is sung in Greek (the ancient hymn Phos hiláron , which Dom Lucien David also set as a neo-Gregorian chant). The earliest work on the program, Angels , dates from 1985.


The major work is a setting of nine age-old texts in Latin or English separated by a refrain, “Ex Maria virgine,” the first movement being repeated at the end. One movement has a Greek refrain, the original of “hail, Mary,” but the first word is pronounced “kay-ray” rather than “ky-ruh.” The composer has a devoted following, so these accomplished performances will delight them.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Ex Maria Virgine by John Tavener
Performer:  James McVinnie (Organ), Stefan Berkieta (Baritone), Simon Jacobs (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir
Written: 2005; England 
2.
Birthday Sleep by John Tavener
Performer:  Simon Jacobs (Organ), Stefan Berkieta (Baritone), James McVinnie (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; England 
3.
O, do not move by John Tavener
Performer:  James McVinnie (Organ), Simon Jacobs (Organ), Stefan Berkieta (Baritone)
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; England 
4.
A Nativity by John Tavener
Performer:  Stefan Berkieta (Baritone), Simon Jacobs (Organ), James McVinnie (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 
5.
Marienhymne by John Tavener
Performer:  Simon Jacobs (Organ), Stefan Berkieta (Baritone), James McVinnie (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Written: 2005; England 
6.
O thou gentle light by John Tavener
Performer:  James McVinnie (Organ), Stefan Berkieta (Baritone), Simon Jacobs (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; England 
7.
Angels by John Tavener
Performer:  Simon Jacobs (Organ), Stefan Berkieta (Baritone), James McVinnie (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Brown
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 

Sound Samples

Ex Maria Virgine: Verbum caro
Ex Maria Virgine: Nowell! Nowell! Out of Your sleep
Ex Maria Virgine: Remember O Thou Man
Ex Maria Virgine: Sweet was the Song
Ex Maria Virgine: Ave Rex Angelorum
Ex Maria Virgine: There is no Rose
Ex Maria Virgine: Ding! Dong! Merrily on high
Ex Maria Virgine: Rocking
Ex Maria Virgine: Unto us is born a Son
Ex Maria Virgine: Verbum caro
Birthday Sleep
O, Do Not Move
A Nativity
Marienhymne
O Thou Gentle Light
Angels

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