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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Christmas Proclamation, God is with us, is the striking first item in this collection of John Taverner’s shorter choral pieces. It was inspired, like so many of Taverner’s works, by Greek Orthodox liturgy, rising in thrilling crescendo and punctuated at the end by fortissimo organ chords. The Song for Athene is here presented as an anthem rather than a processional. The longest work, Svyanti, with its cello solo magnetically played by Tim Hugh, echoes the example of Tavener’s visionary cello work The Protecting Veil, while the shorter pieces include most of the favourite Taverner items. Superb singing throughout and vividly atmospheric sound.

Nicholas Rast
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), December 2000

"John Tavener's choral music is inspired by his Orthodox faith, and on this disc the choir of St John's College, Cambridge, eloquently communicate the music's timeless spirituality. They capture the atmospheric stillness of God is with us and the reverence of the Song for Athene, made famous by its performance at Princess Diana's funeral.

"In two Blake settings the singers highlight Tavener's response to word-painting, neatly opposing the Lamb's purity and the Tiger's fearfulness; in the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis they sensitively illustrate the composer's richly coloured blend of Eastern and Western liturgical traditions.

"Hypnotically contemplative renderings of Love bade me welcome, As one who has slept, the Lord's Prayer and Svyati (intended to accompany the coffin's journey from the church to the grave) convey feelings of mortality with touching humility."

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