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John Tavener

© Sim Canetty Clarke
© Sim Canetty Clarke
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Year of birth1944
Year of death2013
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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In memoriam: Sir John Tavener

John Tavener © Simone Canetty-Clarke
Westminster Abbey was packed today for Sir John Tavener's memorial service. In honour of the occasion, here's a playlist.
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BarcelonaWelcome Jesu, deep in my soul forever stay

Welcome Jesu, deep in my soul forever stay
Tavener, Fauré, MacMillan, Bach, Elgar, Mozart
Simon Halsey; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana; Jordi Armengol

MadridOrquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid

Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Rheinberger, Busto, Mendelssohn, Martin, Poulenc, Pizzetti, Tavener, Brahms, Mahler, Schnittke
Marco Antonio García de Paz; Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid

ClevelandTallis Scholars

des Prez, Guerrero, Pärt, Mouton, Lobo, Victoria, Tavener, Palestrina
Tallis Scholars

New York CityVoices in Motion

Allegri, Palestrina, Tormis, Rahman, Holst, Howells, Paulus, Tavener, Górecki, Biebl
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez; Musica Viva NY; Walter Klauss; Trent Johnson

LondonHymns to the Mother of God

Holst I., Howells, Tavener, Dale, Panufnik, Villa-Lobos
Dominic Ellis-Peckham; London Oriana Choir
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Plumbing the depths of Tavener

Matthew Barley © Nick White
The City of London Sinfonia presents an absorbing account of Tavener's musical ecumenicism. 
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Ancient and Modern Christmas icons

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh © Carlos Delgado, Wikicommons
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with pieces by Tavener, MacMillan and Lauridsen contrast with Byrd and Dowland in a thoughtful and moving performance of Christmas musical icons from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus.
****1
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Pärt and Tavener: simple complexity from the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage
Great musicality from Royal Northern Sinfonia in deceptively simple Pärt and a fearsomely demanding piece by John Tavener.
***11
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The Duke Quartet make an impression with Tavener

John Metcalfe © Tom Oldham
Tavener's The Hidden Treasure is the highlight of the Duke Quartet's recital at Kings Place
***11
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Serious Christmas fare at Cadogan Hall

The choir tackle an ambitious, if overly long programme of Advent-themed works with mixed results.
***11
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