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John Tavener - A Portrait


Release Date: 04/20/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558152-53   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Tavener
Performer:  Kevin BowyerEileen HulseStacey ShamesMary Hammann,   ... 
Conductor:  Takuo YuasaChristopher RobinsonHarry ChristophersJames Lancelot,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  TenebraeUlster OrchestraAuréole,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This limited edition set ncludes the world premiere of 'Prayer of the Heart' sung by Björk. It also includes a recorded interview of John Tavener reflecting on his life and works. This limited edition set ncludes the world premiere of 'Prayer of the Heart' sung by Björk. It also includes a recorded interview of John Tavener reflecting on his life and works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Chant for Guitar by John Tavener
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This work is presented in excerpted form. 
2. Mother and Child by John Tavener
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This work is presented in excerpted form. It is sung in English and Greek. 
3. In Alium by John Tavener
Performer:  Eileen Hulse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This work is presented in excerpted format. 
4. To a Child Dancing in the Wind: He Wishes for the Clothes of Heaven by John Tavener
Performer:  Stacey Shames (Harp), Mary Hammann (Viola), Heidi Grant Murphy (Soprano),
Laura Gilbert (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auréole
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; England 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Concordia College, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. The Tiger by John Tavener
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. Ikon of Light: 1st movement, Fos 1 - Doxa by John Tavener
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Duke String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8. Ikon of Light: 2nd movement, Piu intensita by John Tavener
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Duke String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9. Mandelion by John Tavener
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This work is presented in excerpted form. 
10. Ikon of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne by John Tavener
Performer:  Ian Shaw (Organ)
Conductor:  James Lancelot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Durham Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This work is presented in excerpted form. 
11. The Protecting Veil: Section 1 by John Tavener
Performer:  Maria Kliegel (Cello)
Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland 
Length: 15 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12. Mary of Egypt: The Blessed Duet by John Tavener
Performer:  Patricia Rozario (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Lionel Friend
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Aldebugh 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. Akhmatova Songs: no 5, The Muse by John Tavener
Performer:  Patricia Rozario (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
14. Diódia: Solemn by John Tavener
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vanbrugh String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15. Song for Athene by John Tavener
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
16. Zodiacs by John Tavener
Performer:  Thalia Myers (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
17. Prayer of the Heart by John Tavener
Performer:  Bjork (Voice), Jacqueline Thomas (Cello), Ian Belton (Violin),
Andrew Haveron (Violin), Paul Cassidy (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; England 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Olympic Studios 
Length: 15 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English, Greek, Church Slavonic and Coptic. 
18. Ikon of Eros: 2nd movement, Eros by John Tavener
Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Minnesota Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

In Alium: Section A
To a Child Dancing in the Wind: I. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
The Lamb
The Tyger
Ikon of Light: Movement 1: Fos I, Doxa
Ikon of Light: Movement 2: Piu intensita
Mandelion (excerpt)
Chant: (excerpt)
Ikon of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne: (excerpt)
The Protecting Veil: Section I
Mary of Egypt: Act III: Bless Duet
Akhmatova Songs: No. 5. The Muse
Diodia: Solemn -
Diodia: [rehearsal letter I]
Song for Athene
Zodiacs
Prayer of the Heart
Ikon of Eros: Movement 2: Eros
Mother and Child: (excerpt)
John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'My earliest musical memories...'
John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'I saw in the Russian Orthodox Church...'
John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'I think The Protecting Veil...'
John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'The Icelandic pop singer Björk...'
John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'The fact that I've been given...'
John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'When my publishers ring...'
John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'The only goal...'

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