NAXOS TO RELEASE JOHN TAVENER’S LAMENT FOR JERUSALEM MARCH 21st
On March 21st, Naxos will release the world premiere
recording of John Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem in its “Jerusalem
version” performed by the Choir and Orchestra of London under the direction
of Jeremy Summerly. Soprano Angharad Gruffydd Jones and counter-tenor
Peter Crawford are the featured soloists.
Tavener originally composed Lament for Jerusalem in
2002, later arranging it for the Choir of London, who premiered this new “Jerusalem
version” in London on December 18 th, 2004 and performed it
on their debut tour of the “Holy City” and the West Bank.
Sung in Greek and English, Lament for Jerusalem
brings together Christian, Judaic and Islamic texts. Of the work,
Tavener has commented: “Jerusalem is a universal symbol which signifies
the changeless and celestial synthesis of the Cosmos, and the primordial longing
of man for God. Lament for Jerusalem . . . is a love-song, lamenting
our banishment from home, and the temporary loss of our Beatific vision.”
Tavener is perhaps best known
for The Protecting Veil, a work for cello and orchestra recorded by Maria
Kleigel and the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Takuo Yuasa on Naxos (8.554388).
His Song for Athene (Naxos 8.555256) was performed at Princess Diana’s
funeral in 1997.
John TAVENER (b. 1945): Lament for Jerusalem
Choir and Orchestra of London, Jeremy Summerly
Angharad Gruffydd Jones (soprano), Peter Crawford
John TAVENER: The Protecting Veil; In Alium
UlsterOrchestra, Takuo Yuasa
Maria Kleigel, cello
John TAVENER: Choral Music
St. John’s College Choir Cambridge, Christopher Robinson