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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
April 2018
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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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OxfordThe World Encompassed

The World Encompassed
Gough, Parsons, Picforth, Tavener
Fretwork

HerefordTenebrae

© c Chris O Donovan
Elgar, Tavener, Gurney, Rasch, Bingham, Howells, Vaughan Williams, Parry, Schoenberg
Nigel Short; Tenebrae

AmsterdamChoir of St John's College, Cambridge: Christmas Concert

© Nick Rutter
Chilcott, Mathias, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Swayne, Traditional, Bach, Poulenc, Gruber, Willcocks
Andrew Nethsingha; Cambridge Choir of St John's College; Glen Dempsey; Laura van der Heijden

LondonCantate Domino

Sametz, Byrd, Bruckner, Stanford, Tchaikovsky, Senfl, Tavener, Sullivan, Gjeilo, Gershwin, Youmans, Larionov
Unknown; Witchert Chorale; David Quinn

LondonEnglish Choral Music

Lambert, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Elgar, Tavener, Patterson, Purcell, Rutter
English Concert Orchestra; Roy Wales; English Concert Singers; English Concert Chorus; Unknown
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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. 
****1
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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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