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John Tavener (1944-2013)

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Tavener - New Choral Works

Tavener - New Choral Works


Tavener:

Birthday Sleep

Butterfly Dreams

The Second Coming

Schuon Hymnen

As one who has slept

The Bridal Chamber

Exhortation and Kohima

Shûnya


“…there's no doubt about the quality of the performances. Tavener finds devoted interpreters in Polyphony who produce some of the most beautiful choral singing you could ever hope to hear. And all is captured in a glowing recording.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2004 *****

“As One Who Has Slept, the earliest work here, represents Tavener's most musically ascetic period, which, by 1996 was drawing to a close. The mesmeric use of dronelike chords behind and beyond the melodic lines reassures and comforts the listener during this portrait of Christ's harrowing of hell. He soon returned to a warmer palette and a wider range of techniques. In Birthday Sleep and The BridalChamber (1999) hymn-like tunes still predominate, but the voices move more independently, the harmonies are richer.
The 2001 setting of Yeats's The Second Coming is full of skilfully realised, dramatically startling gestures, but the mood is quizzical where it should describe fear-threaded apprehension, bombastic where it should be aghast with dismay.
Finally, a group of pieces completed in 2003. In Butterfly Dreams, a set of miniatures, form and content are better matched. Parts of SchuonHymnen, especially the writing for solo soprano (a glittering, heart-lifting performance by Amy Haworth) suggests music from 1950s sci-fi films: as with those films, it's easy to see how the effects are achieved, yet somehow the magic survives. Exhortation and Kohima achieves a Tudoresque splendour, while Shûnya adds elements of Buddhist ritual to the mix.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Tavener - New Choral Works

Tavener - New Choral Works


Tavener:

Birthday Sleep

Butterfly Dreams

The Second Coming

Schuon Hymnen

As one who has slept

The Bridal Chamber

Exhortation and Kohima

Shûnya


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Tavener: The World, etc.

Tavener:

The World

Diódia

Many Years

Akhmatova Songs


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Adeste fideles

Adeste fideles

Christmas music from Westminster Cathedral


Cornelius:

The Three Kings

Darke:

In the Bleak Midwinter

Gauntlett:

Once in royal David's city

Gruber, F:

Silent Night

Hadley, P:

I sing of a maiden

Howells:

Sing Lullaby

Kirkpatrick:

Away in a manger

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

Niles:

I wonder as I wander

Parry:

Welcome, Yule!

Tavener:

The Lamb

trad.:

Gabriel's Message ('The angel Gabriel from heaven came')

O come, o come, Emmanuel

Ding dong! merrily on high

A maiden most gentle

O little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)

In dulci jubilo

Of the Father's love begotten

The holly and the ivy

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down


'An extremely well-sung traditional carol collection. The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recording
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Dreamland

Dreamland

Contemporary choral riches from the Hyperion catalogue


Burgon:

The Corpus Christi Carol

Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens

Byrchmore:

Song

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Jeremy Summerly

Chilcott:

Shepherd's Carol

The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O’Donnell

Dubra:

Stetit Angelus

The Choir of Royal Holloway, Rupert Gough

Jackson, Gabriel:

To Morning 'O holy virgin! clad in purest white'

Polyphony, Stephen Layton

Lauridsen:

Ave, dulcissima Maria

Polyphony, Stephen Layton

Lukaszewski:

Nunc dimittis

The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Layton

MacMillan:

A Child's Prayer

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Martin Baker

Maw, N:

Balulalow

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Mark Shepherd

Pärt:

Magnificat

Polyphony, Stephen Layton

Pitts, A:

Adoro te

Tonus Peregrinus, Antony Pitts

Tavener:

As one who has slept

Polyphony, Stephen Layton

Thompson, R:

Alleluia

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, James Burton

Tormis:

Äiutus (Lulling)

Holst Singers, Stephen Layton

Villette:

O sacrum convivium Op. 27

Holst Singers, Stephen Layton

Whitacre:

Sleep

Polyphony, Stephen Layton


A new and intriguing sampler features a selection of pieces from Hyperion’s extensive and varied choral collection. This disc seeks to give a flavour of the contemporary choral music recorded by Hyperion over the last decade. Whilst on one level it can stand alone as a tribute to the beauty of its composers’ writing and choirs’ singing, it also lifts the lid on the albums from which the tracks are drawn. A perfect introduction to the magic new worlds of sound that await the listener.

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Hear my prayer

Hear my prayer


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Brahms:

Ye now are sorrowful

Britten:

Festival Te Deum in E, Op. 32

Harvey, J:

Come, Holy Ghost

Mendelssohn:

Hear My Prayer

Rose, B:

Feast Song for St Cecilia

Stanford:

Evening Service (Magnificat & Nunc dimittis) in G major, Op. 81

Tavener:

I will lift up mine eyes (Psalm 121)

Wise, M:

The ways of Zion do mourn


Jeremy Budd (treble) & Andrew Lucas (organ)

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, John Scott

This recording features St Paul’s Cathedral Choir at the peak of their power, performing a yearning sequence of liturgical works that includes some of the best-loved choral works of all time: Mendelssohn’s Hear my prayer (‘O for the wings of a dove’), an excerpt from Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, and Allegri’s Miserere. Twentieth-century ‘mystics’ Jonathan Harvey and Sir John Tavener are both represented, and the album reaches a crescendo through the expansive writing of Stanford in G and the joyously declamatory Te Deum by Benjamin Britten.

“The control, range, purity, accurate placing and intelligent musicianship of his singing are totally admirable” Gramophone Magazine

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Music for Remembrance

Music for Remembrance


Duruflé:

Requiem, Op. 9

Roderick Williams (baritone), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

Howells:

Take him, earth, for cherishing

Moore, P:

Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Tavener:

The peace that surpasseth understanding

Vaughan Williams:

Lord, Thou has been our refuge


This latest album from Westminster Abbey is a programme of memorial music composed in England and France in the shadow of two World Wars.

The main feature is Duruflé’s Requiem, one of the best-loved of all works of the twentieth century, and given an astoundingly beautiful performance here, enhanced by distinguished soloists Christine Rice and Roderick Williams.

The Requiem is many ways a paradoxical work, based on plainsong but with Durufle’s sensuous harmonies suffusing every note with feeling: ‘This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from human concerns’, he said. ‘It reflects, in the unchanging form of Christian prayer, the anguish of man faced with the mystery of his final end.’ It is a work of unimpeachable integrity, a miraculous synthesis of the old and the new.

Throughout the past century the Abbey has been a focus of national remembrance on Armistice Day, and ‘O God, our help in ages past’—the ‘great ceremonial hymn of the English nation’, quoted in Vaughan Williams’ Lord, thou has been our refuge—has been a constant and reassuring presence, from the Burial Service of the Unknown Warrior on 11 November 1920 to the Service commemorating the Passing of the World War One Generation on 11 November 2009. The anthem by John Tavener recorded here was composed for that service, and all the other English music has some special significance in this place: a statue of Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands above the west door of Westminster Abbey (one of the ten twentieth-century Christian martyrs installed in the niches there in 1998), while the ashes of Herbert Howells and Ralph Vaughan Williams are buried in the church where their music has contributed so much to daily services and great state occasions.

“The two soloists are excellent. Roderick Williams shows his usual sensitivity not just to the music but also to the text...The Westminster choir gives a fine account of the wonderful, eloquent Howells anthem... James O’Donnell’s excellent choir is on top form throughout this recital.” MusicWeb International, 7th November 2014

“Roderick Williams features widely in remembrance recordings this year...and here in Duruflé’s transcendent Requiem, his beautiful unforced baritone perfect for the mysterious Domine Jesu Christe, with the strings of the Britten Sinfonia adding an elegant sheen in the expansive acoustic of the abbey.” The Observer, 9th November 2014

“This is an exquisite performance of the Durufle Requiem...The playing of the Britten Sinfonia is superb, Robert Quinney's fluid, immensely colourful organ-playing a joy to behold and Roderick Williams a supremely compelling baritone soloist...O'Donnell moulds and shapes every moment with infinite care...as a beautiful listening experience it is in a class of its own.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

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Sacred Music by John Tavener

Sacred Music by John Tavener


Tavener:

The Uncreated Eros

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Collegium Regale)

The Lamb

Hymn to the Mother of God

Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God

Today the Virgin

God is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation)

James Oxley (tenor) & Roger Judd (organ)

Ode Of St Andrew Of Crete

Matthew Brook (baritone)

Love bade me welcome

The Tiger

Eonia

Colin Cartwright (alto)


St George’s Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson

This glorious recording from the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle includes The Lamb, perhaps one of the best-known choral works of the late twentieth century.

“Compelling” Classic CD

“The Lamb alone is worth the price of this disc” Fanfare

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