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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 (counter-tenor)


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


John TAVENER: A Portrait



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