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Critically-Acclaimed Naxos Recording of Work Released March 21st

John TAVENER (b. 1945): Lament for Jerusalem

Choir and Orchestra of London, Jeremy Summerly

Angharad Gruffydd Jones (soprano), Peter Crawford (counter-tenor)

Release date: March 21st, 2006


Naxos has posted a podcast about John Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem on  The 20-minute documentary, produced and hosted by Naxos’ Raymond Bisha, is part of an ongoing series of podcasts entitled Naxos Classical Music Spotlight, and is also available on iTunes.

The Naxos recording of Lament for Jerusalem has received substantial critical acclaim and was described in a four-star review by David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer on March 26th as “musical substantive” and “invitingly sumptuous.” John Simon of the Buffalo News wrote that Tavener’s work was “as beautiful as anything he’s done . . . Music, we know, can’t heal the world. But if it could, this disc just might.”

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 18th, 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.”


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