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Episode #3533

Sir John Tavener, a New Sounds Tribute

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Born in London on Jan. 28, 1944 and knighted in 2000, Tavener was that rare classical composer whose music appealed to non-classical listeners. Rather than subscribing to the academic school of atonal works, he drew on orthodox chant, Sufi music, the English bell-ringing tradition, and texts from a variety of mystics, both Western and Eastern.  For this New Sounds, listen to highlights from his major works, including “Ikon Of Light,” for chorus and string trio, “Eternity’s Sunrise” (dedicated to the late Diana) for soprano and chiming bells, along with his work, "Song for Athene," which was played at the funeral of Princess Diana, you heard his.  That, and more.

PROGRAM #3533– In Memoriam, John Tavener (First aired on 11/13/2013)             

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RECORDING

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SOURCE

John Tavener

Innocence

Song For Athene [7:00]

Sony #66613
Available at Amazon.com

John Tavener

Eternity’s Sunrise

Eternity’s Sunrise [11:00]

Harmonia Mundi #907231
www.harmoniamundi.com

Paul McCartney & the Tallis Scholars

Live, May 2000

John Tavener : In the Month of Athyr, excerpt [5:00]

This performance not commercially available.

John Tavener

The Whale

John Tavener : the Whale, excerpt [10:00]

www.applerecords.com

John Tavener / The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips, conductor

Ikon of Light

Mystic Prayer to the Holy Spirit, excerpt [1:30]

Gimell 005
www.gimell.com
Available at Amazon.com
Another recording exists by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen on Coro Records. For that, try Emusic.com

Academy of Ancient Music Paul Goodwin, cond.  

Eternity’s Sunrise

John Tavener: Funeral Canticle, excerpt [4:00]

Harmonia Mundi #907231
www.harmoniamundi.com

John Tavener / The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips, conductor

Ikon of Light

Mystic Prayer to the Holy Spirit, excerpt  [8:00]

See above.

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