Essential Tavener

Release Date: 2/11/2014
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B001996302
Composer: John Tavener
Number of Discs: 1

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“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 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.
Works on This Recording
1. The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1982 ; England
2. The Tyger by John Tavener
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir, Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1987 ;
3. Song for Athene by John Tavener
Performer: Ian Le Grice (Organ)
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir, Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; England
4. The Veil of the Temple: Mother of God, Here I stand by John Tavener
Conductor: Mikel Toms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
5. 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
6. 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
7. Today the Virgin by John Tavener
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; England
8. Hymns (2) to the Mother of God: no 1, Hymn to the Mother of God by John Tavener
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir, Holst Singers
Period: Modern
Written: 1985 ; United Kingdom
9. 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
10. Funeral Ikos by John Tavener
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir, Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981 ; England
11. Thrinos by John Tavener
Performer: Natalie Clein (Cello)
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1990 ; England
12. God is with us by John Tavener
Performer: Andrew Rupp (Baritone), Ian Le Grice (Organ)
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir, Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1987 ; England
13. A Christmas Round by John Tavener
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1990 ; England
14. Elizabeth Full of Grace by John Tavener
Performer: James Vivian (Organ), Robert Millett (Bowls)
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2002 ; England
15. Dhyana by John Tavener
Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
16. Song for Athene by John Tavener
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; England
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