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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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LondonCarols by Candellight

Vaughan Williams, Tavener, McDowall, Willcocks, Rutter
Hilary Davan Wetton; City of London Choir; Royal Philharmonic Brass

LondonA Very English Christmas with Tenebrae

© Chris O'Donovan
Howells, Tavener, Holst, Warlock, Bennett
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

LondonWinter's Night

Morales, Praetorius, Howells, Rorem, Traditional, Rathbone, Tavener, Weir, Parry, Frances-Hoad, Harbison, Beamish, Barber, Rutter, Panufnik, L'Estrange, Goss, Holst, Berlin, Pierpont
Graham Ross; Choir of Clare College Cambridge

SouthwellVoices of Remembrance

Howells, Nystedt, MacMillan, Tavener
Marcus Farnsworth; Southwell Festival Voices
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Tenebrae weaves a mesmerising spell at Perth Festival of the Arts

Nigel Short © Susan Porter-Thomas
Stunningly beautiful commemorative British choral music from Tenebrae under Nigel Short at Perth Festival of the Arts in St John’s Kirk’s wonderful acoustic.
****1
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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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