Essential Tavener | Decca 4786424

Essential Tavener

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4786424

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 13th January 2014

Contents

Artists

Natalie Clein (cello)
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Choir of the Temple Church
Holst Singers
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
English Chamber Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Stephen Layton
Mikel Toms
Andrew Litton

Works

Tavener, John

A Christmas Round
Dhyana
Elizabeth full of Grace
Funeral Ikos
God is with us
Hymns to the Mother of God (2)
» Hymn to the Mother of God
Mother of God, here I stand
Song for Athene
The Lamb
The Protecting Veil
» The Dormition of the Mother of God
» The Protecting Veil
The Tyger
The Veil of the Temple
» What God is we do not know
Threnos for cello solo
Today the Virgin

Artists

Natalie Clein (cello)
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Choir of the Temple Church
Holst Singers
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
English Chamber Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Stephen Layton
Mikel Toms
Andrew Litton

About

‘Essential Tavener’ provides an opportunity to reflect upon John 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 Cuarón film ‘Children of Men’ soundtrack. The film starred Clive Owen, Michael Caine and Julianne Moore and was nominated for 3 Oscars.

Track Listing:
1. The Lamb
The Choir of the Temple Church / Stephen Layton

2. The Tyger
The Choir of the Temple Church, The Holst Singers / Stephen Layton

3. Song for Athene
The Choir of the Temple Church, The Holst Singers, Ian Le Grice / Stephen Layton

4. Mother Of God, Here I Stand
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra / Mikel Toms

The Protecting Veil
5. The Dormition of the Mother of God
6. The Protecting Veil
Natalie Clein, English Chamber Orchestra / Stephen Layton

7. Today the Virgin
The Choir of the Temple Church / Stephen Layton

8. Hymn to the Mother of God
The Choir of the Temple Church, The Holst Singers / Stephen Layton

The Veil of the Temple
9. What God is we do not know
The Holst Singers / Stephen Layton

10. Funeral Ikos
The Choir of the Temple Church, The Holst Singers / Stephen Layton

11. Threnos
Natalie Clein

12. God is with us (A Christmas Proclamation)
Andrew Rupp, The Choir of the Temple Church, The Holst Singers, Ian Le Grice / Stephen Layton

13. A Christmas Round
The Choir of the Temple Church / Stephen Layton

14. Elizabeth full of grace
The Choir of the Temple Church, The Holst Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Robert Millett, James Vivian / Stephen Layton

15. Dhyana
16. Song for Athene
Nicola Benedetti, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrew Litton

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