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TAVENER: John Tavener - A Portrait (MCCLEERY)


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TAVENER: John Tavener - A Portrait (MCCLEERY)

John Tavener: A Portrait
His Works . His Life . His Words

  • 2 CDs with nearly 2 hours of music
  • Tavener himself speaks in detail - a recorded interview

Sir John Tavener has been a unique, controversial and ever-evolving figure on the contemporary music scene since the late sixties. Although his music was strongly influenced by the Eastern Orthodox Church for twenty years, he has recently started to move in a new direction. These CDs encompass a representative cross-section of his music, including the world premiere of Prayer of the Heart, written for and sung by Björk, and part of his most popular work The Protecting Veil. The composer himself also speaks in detail for the first time about his new sources of inspiration, and reminisces about his early career, his passions, and his struggles with serious illness. Combined with a comprehensive essay, this portrait paints the definitive picture of one of the most charismatic and important composers working today.

Disc 1

Tavener, John

  In Alium: Section A
1.   In Alium: Section A 00:04:07
  To a Child Dancing in the Wind: I. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
2.   To a Child Dancing in the Wind: I. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven 00:05:16
  The Lamb
3.   The Lamb 00:03:47
  The Tyger
4.   The Tyger 00:05:18
  Ikon of Light (excerpts)
5.   Movement 1: Fos I, Doxa 00:05:00
6.   Movement 2: Più intensita 00:03:19
  Mandelion (excerpt)
7.   Mandelion (excerpt) 00:03:22
  Chant (excerpt)
8.   Chant (excerpt) 00:03:41
  Ikon of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (excerpt)
9.   Ikon of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (excerpt) 00:02:36
  The Protecting Veil: Section I
10.   The Protecting Veil: Section I 00:15:02
  Mary of Egypt, Act III: Bless Duet
11.   Mary of Egypt, Act III: Bless Duet 00:07:21
  Akhmatova Songs: No. 5. The Muse
12.   Akhmatova Songs: No. 5. The Muse 00:02:51
  Diodia (excerpts)
13.   Solemn - 00:05:52
14.   [rehearsal letter I] 00:04:55
  Song for Athene
15.   Song for Athene 00:05:39

Disc 2

Tavener, John

1.   Zodiacs 00:02:23
  Prayer of the Heart
2.   Prayer of the Heart 00:15:10
  Ikon of Eros: Movement 2: Eros
3.   Ikon of Eros: Movement 2: Eros 00:07:51
  Mother and Child (excerpt)
4.   Mother and Child (excerpt) 00:04:33

  John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview
5.   'My earliest musical memories... ' 00:08:21
6.   'I saw in the Russian Orthodox Church... ' 00:08:14
7.   'I think The Protecting Veil... ' 00:08:04
8.   'The Icelandic pop singer Björk... ' 00:06:18
9.   'The fact that I've been given... ' 00:04:11
10.   'When my publishers ring... ' 00:05:39
11.   'The only goal... ' 00:05:05

Total Playing Time: 02:33:55

Tavener, John

Christophers, Harry; Friend, Lionel; Goodwin, Paul; Lancelot, James; Robinson, Christopher; Short, Nigel; Yuasa, Takuo

Minnesota Orchestra; Ulster Orchestra

Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble; Aureole; Brodsky Quartet; Duke Quartet; Vanbrugh Quartet

Durham Cathedral Choir; Minnesota Chorale; St. John's College Choir, Cambridge; Tenebrae

Bowyer, Kevin; Fleezanis, Jorja; Gilbert, Laura; Gudmundsdottir, Bjork; Hammann, Mary; Hulse, Eileen; Kliegel, Maria; Murphy, Heidi Grant; Myers, Thalia; Richards, Jonathan; Rozario, Patricia; Shames, Stacey; Shaw, Ian; Tavener, John; Varcoe, Stephen

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Music Biographies

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.558152-53

Barcode: 0636943815229

Physical Release: 02/2004

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