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Essential Tavener

Essential Tavener / Various
Release Date: 02/11/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001996302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Tavener
Performer:  Andrew RuppIan Le GriceNatalie CleinRobert Millett,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen LaytonAndrew LittonMikel Toms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst SingersTemple Church ChoirEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“He could bring an audience to a deep silence which is a very rare gift... He believed that music was for everybody and was a prayer.” -- John Rutter

The death of Sir John Tavener, one of the most popular British composers of recent times, has touched the hearts and minds of many. This compilation was originally created to celebrate the composer’s upcoming 70th birthday in January 2014. Instead, it is being released as a tribute to his profound musical voice.

‘Essential Tavener’ provides an opportunity to reflect upon Tavener’s unique composing career which featured some surprising and dramatic spiritual and stylistic changes since the early success of his cantata 'The Whale' in 1968. He was best known for his
Read more choral masterpieces such as ‘The Lamb’, ‘Funeral Ikos’ and ‘The Veil of the Temple’ – all featured in this collection.

Famously, it was 'Song for Athene', performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, which secured an international reputation for John Tavener. Alongside the original choral version of the work which opens this album, he later arranged the work for Nicola Benedetti and this is presented as the closing track on this album.

“Benedetti’s playing matches the intensity of this deeply striking piece as it slowly builds, eventually blending and almost becoming lost in the lush orchestral sound as the music reaches its glowing climax... This is spine-chilling music which listeners will return to often.” -- BBC Music Magazine on Song for Athene

Essential Tavener includes the CD premiere of 'Mother of God, Here I Stand', taken from the 2006 Alfonso Cuaro?n film ‘Children of Men’ soundtrack. The film starred Clive Owen, Michael Caine and Julianne Moore and was nominated for 3 Oscars.

Artists include Nicola Benedetti, Natalie Clein, Stephen Layton, Andrew Litton, The Choir of the Temple Church, The Holst Singers, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.
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Works on This Recording

1. God is with us by John Tavener
Performer:  Andrew Rupp (Baritone), Ian Le Grice (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Song for Athene by John Tavener
Performer:  Ian Le Grice (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Funeral Ikos by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Hymns (2) to the Mother of God: no 1, Hymn to the Mother of God by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  Temple Church Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1985; United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. The Tyger by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. Thrinos by John Tavener
Performer:  Natalie Clein (Cello)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7. Today the Virgin by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. A Christmas Round by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Hymns (2) to the Mother of God: no 2, Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God by John Tavener
Performer:  Natalie Clein (Cello)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
11. The Veil of the Temple: What God is we do not know by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. Elizabeth Full of Grace by John Tavener
Performer:  Robert Millett (Bowls), James Vivian (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Holst Singers,  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. The Protecting Veil: no 1, The Protecting Veil by John Tavener
Performer:  Natalie Clein (Cello)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Temple Church, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
14. Dhyana by John Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
15. Song for Athene by John Tavener
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
16. The Veil of the Temple: Mother of God, Here I stand by John Tavener
Conductor:  Mikel Toms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brno Philharmonic Orchestra

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