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Admired for the sheer beauty of his meditative and mystical music, John Tavener writes of his Ex Maria Virgine, which was dedicated to HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in joyful celebration of their marriage: “I have set both familiar and less well known texts, and linked them with an expanding and contracting phrase ‘Ex Maria Virgine’. This refers to Mary the Mother of God—‘The Eternal Feminine’—and should be sung with great radiance and femininity.”
The other, mainly unaccompanied, works reveal Tavener’s response to various poetic texts that also praise the Virgin Mary.
John Rutter is the producer, editor and engineer on this disc.
“The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge is secure and precise, delivering the text with excellent diction… Strong direction from Timothy Brown.” BBC Music Magazine
John Tavener: Ex Maria Virgine
Nowell! Nowell! Out of Your sleep
Remember O Thou Man
Sweet was the Song
Ave Rex Angelorum
There is no Rose
Ding! Dong! Merrily on high
Unto us is born a Son
John Tavener: Birthday Sleep
John Tavener: O, Do Not Move
O, Do Not Move
John Tavener: A Nativity
John Tavener: Marienhymne
John Tavener: O Thou Gentle Light
O Thou Gentle Light
John Tavener: Angels
“…the singing is strong and enthusiastic, even in the most taxing writing, and the sound is bright and clearly focused…”
“Clare College Choir is outstanding throughout with a remarkable security of attack and precise intonation in chord sequences that are sometimes repetitive but never obvious. The acoustic in Norwich Cathedral is a real asset and so is this vivid recording.”
Click on any of the works listed above for alternative recordings.