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Essential Tavener / Nicola Benedetti, Stephen Layton, Natalie Clein, Andrew Litton

Album Summary

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Tavener, John : The Tyger, for chorus
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Tavener, John : The Mother of God, for chorus
>Tavener, John : The Protecting Veil
>Tavener, John : Today the Virgin, for chorus
>Tavener, John : A Hymn to the Mother of God
>Tavener, John : The Veil of the Temple
>Tavener, John : Funeral Ikos, for chorus
>Tavener, John : Thrinos, for cello
>Tavener, John : God is with us (A Christmas Proclamation), for tenor, chorus & organ
>Tavener, John : A Christmas Round, for chorus
>Tavener, John : Elizabeth Full of Grace, for boys' chorus, chorus, Tibetan bowl, organ & strings
>Tavener, John : Dhyana (Contemplation), for violin & strings
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene, version for violin & string orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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 will be 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. Essential Tavener includes the CD premiere of 'Mother of God, Here I Stand', taken from the 2006 Alfonso Cuarón 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.

BBC Music Magazine
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.



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>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Choir of the Temple Church
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Tavener, John : The Tyger, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Holst Singers
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1987

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
  • Performer: Ian Grice (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Tavener, John : The Mother of God, for chorus
  • Conductor: Mikel Toms
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Tavener, John : The Protecting Veil :: The Dormition of the Mother of God
  • Performer: Natalie Clein (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987

>Tavener, John : The Protecting Veil
  • Performer: Natalie Clein (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987

>Tavener, John : Today the Virgin, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Tavener, John : A Hymn to the Mother of God
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Tavener, John : The Veil of the Temple :: What God is we to not know
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Tavener, John : Funeral Ikos, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1981

>Tavener, John : Thrinos, for cello
  • Performer: Natalie Clein (Cello)
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Tavener, John : God is with us (A Christmas Proclamation), for tenor, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Ian Grice (Organ); Andrew Rupp (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1987

>Tavener, John : A Christmas Round, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1990

>Tavener, John : Elizabeth Full of Grace, for boys' chorus, chorus, Tibetan bowl, organ & strings
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2003-07-12_2003-07-13&2003-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Tavener, John : Dhyana (Contemplation), for violin & strings
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/19/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene, version for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (06/19/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1997