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JOHN TAVENER  

(1944 - 2013)

The English composer John Tavener was a piano pupil of Solomon and a composition pupil of Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music in London, acquiring a knowledge of contemporary French music through David Lumsdaine. As a composer he has been drawn to religious subjects, inspired by his interest in the Greek Orthodox Church. He was knighted in 2000.

Vocal and Choral Music
Tavener has set a variety of liturgical texts, being as eclectic in his choice as in his musical language. He won early success with his biblical cantata The Whale, and includes among his songs a number of settings of texts by the Greek Orthodox Abbess Mother Thekla. His Song for Athene draws on Shakespeare as well as the Orthodox service for the Ascension and Mother Thekla, and his Lament for Jerusalem, which he describes as a mystical love song, uses Christian, Judaic and Islamic texts, sung in Greek and English.

Operas
Tavener’s operas range from Thérèse and The Immurement of Antigone to St Mary of Egypt, with a text from Mother Thekla, and Let’s begin again.

Orchestral Music
Among the best known of Tavener’s orchestral works is The Protecting Veil, for cello and strings. The Repentant Thief is scored for clarinet, percussion and strings, and the piano concerto Pratirupa draws on Hindu sources of inspiration.

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
TAVENER: John Tavener - A Portrait (MCCLEERY) Naxos Educational
8.558152-53
Music Biographies
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADAGIO CHILLOUT Naxos
8.556783
Choral - Sacred
Artist Profile Series - SUMMERLY, Jeremy Naxos
8.578072
Choral - Sacred
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Choral - Sacred
Cello Recital: Samis, Michael - REINECKE, C. / TAVENER, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / BLOCH, E. / GOLIJOV, O. Delos
DE3446
Instrumental
Children's Choir Music: New London Children's Choir - SKEMPTON, H. / CORP, R. / BENNETT, R.R. / CHILCOTT, B. / RUTTER, J. / MAW, N. (Pigs Could Fly) Naxos
8.572113
Choral - Sacred
CHOIR MUSIC OF THE WORLD (9-CD Box Set) SWR Classic
SWR19100CD
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert (Christmas): Elora Festival Singers (The Wonder of Christmas) Naxos
8.573421
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Choir of St. John's, Elora - TAVENER, J. / STAINER, J. POULENC, F. / STANFORD, C.V. (Psalms and Motets for Reflection) Naxos
8.572540
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: South West German Radio Vocal Ensemble - HARVEY, J. / MACMILLAN, J. / TAVENER, J. / DAVIES, P.M. (Great Britain) SWR Classic
CD93.342
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: The King's Singers - SCHUTZ, H. / POULENC, F. / LASSUS, O. de (Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer) Naxos
8.572987
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Vox Humana - WHITACRE, E. / PAULUS, S. / CHILDS, D.N. / PART, A. / TAVENER, J. / BETINIS, A. / LAURIDSEN, M. (Into the Night) Naxos
8.572511
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Wells Cathedral School Choralia - CHILCOTT, B. / MEALOR, P. / HOLST, G. / MACMILLAN, J. / O'REGAN, T (The Song of the Stars) Naxos
8.573427
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - ELDER, D. / TAVENER, J. / KEDROV, N. / LEIFS, J. / VUICHARD, R. / SCHUMAN, W. (Crossing Over) (Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Guard) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92200
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
Choral Music - TAVENER, J. / LIGETI, G. / DEBUSSY, C. / BADINGS, H. / POULENC, F. / RUTTI, C. / THOMPSON, R. (San Francisco Symphony Chorus) Delos
DE3270
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music: Exultate Singers - PANUFNIK, R. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / TAVENER, J. / GORECKI, H. / MANTYJARVI, J. / NYSTEDT, K. (All Shall be Well) Naxos
8.572760
Choral - Sacred
Choral Recital: Boston Trinity Church Choir - BIEBL, F.X. / TAVENER, J. / PART, A. / DIRKSEN, R.W. (Radiant Light - Songs for the Millennium) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93191
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS (THE MYSTERY OF) Naxos
8.554179
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.570344-45
Choral - Sacred
Christmas Carols From Around the World Naxos
8.503109
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC (Boston Trinity Church Choir, Jones) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93240
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS WITH WINCHESTER COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR Naxos
8.557965
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS WITH WINCHESTER COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR (NTSC) Naxos
2.110512
Classical Concert
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Choral - Sacred
CLASSICAL MEDITATION Naxos
8.570364-65
Choral - Sacred
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Choral - Sacred
EASTER ALBUM (AN) Naxos
8.570175-76
Orchestral
ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC Naxos
8.557557-58
Choral - Sacred
ENKELIN AANIN (Angel's Voices) Naxos
8.503147
Choral - Sacred
Gabriel's Message: One Thousand Years of Carols Naxos
8.554723
Choral - Sacred
IN BALANCE WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.503180DK
Choral - Sacred
JACKSON, G.: Requiem / In all his works / I am the voice of the wind / POTT, F.: When David heard (Vasari Singers, Backhouse) Naxos
8.573049
Choral - Sacred
JESUS CHRIST IN MUSIC Naxos
8.557161
Choral - Sacred
MYSTIC CLASSICS - Visionary Choral and Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos
8.570225-26
Music Biographies
MYSTIC VOICES - Divine Music from the Heavens Naxos
8.570169-70
Choral - Sacred
NAXOS 15TH ANNIVERSARY CD Naxos
8.555964
Choral - Sacred
REJOICE - A Vision of Christ Through Music Naxos
8.570980
Orchestral
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Choral - Sacred
TAVENER, J.: Choral Ikons (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0855D
Classical Concert
TAVENER, J.: Choral Ikons (The Choir, Whitbourn) Opus Arte
OACD9007D
Choral - Sacred
TAVENER, J.: Essential John Tavener (The) (5-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.505239
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
TAVENER, J.: Ex Maria Virgine (Clare College Choir) Naxos
8.572168
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
TAVENER, J.: Fall and Resurrection (PAL/NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0841D
Classical Concert
TAVENER, J.: Pratirūpa (version for piano and string orchestra) (van Raat, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Falletta) Naxos
9.70218
Concerto
TAVENER: Choral Ikons (PAL) Opus Arte
OA0854D
Classical Concert
TAVENER: John Tavener - A Portrait (MCCLEERY) Naxos Educational
8.558152-53
Music Biographies
TAVENER: Lament for Jerusalem Naxos
8.557826
Choral - Sacred
TAVENER: Piano Works Naxos
8.570442
Instrumental
TAVENER: Protecting Veil / In Alium Naxos
8.554388
Vocal, Orchestral
TAVENER: Song for Athene / Svyati Naxos
8.555256
Choral - Sacred
Role: Lyricist 
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