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John TAVENER (b. 1945): Lament for Jerusalem

Choir and Orchestra of London, Jeremy Summerly

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


(UPC 747313282623)

Release date: March 21st, 2006

Keith Bruce of The Herald (UK), reviewing a recent concert of Lament for Jerusalem in Edinburgh by the Choir and Orchestra of London under Mr. Summerly, proclaimed the work to be “Tavener at his most ecumenical and accessible . . . an experience to treasure—and roundly applaud.”

Here’s what other critics have been saying about the new Naxos recording:

(four stars)

“Though full of moments of choral monumentality, the details constantly prick your ears with exotically tinged vocal lines not normally found in Western music . . . Besides being musically substantial, the overall sound of this disc is so invitingly sumptuous that it rewards casual listening as well.”-- David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

“The slow, mesmerizing music of each cycle initially may sound the same, though its few melodic and harmonic elements are subtly altered, with an ever-expanding closing chorus providing the most noticeable example. In this way, the score gradually, almost imperceptibly, achieves weight within apparent lightness.” -- Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune

“John Tavener has created a choral work that is both beguiling and lyrically mystical . . . a timely, thought-provoking CD that plumbs the fraught conditions that have befallen the Holy Land.” --Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee

The performance is perfection, beautifully recorded with warm, spacious acoustics . . . Another major addition to Naxos’ series of Tavener recordings!” -- Robert Benson,

“This recording is a call for rejoicing for Tavener fans . . . there is great beauty to be found here. The performances of soloists, choir and orchestra under Jeremy Summerly are exquisite and graceful.”--Robert Levine,


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