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John Tavener

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British Choral Works

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hear choral works by three contemporary English composers on this New Sounds program, all of which invite comparisons between spiritual and mystical realms and that of reality on Earth.

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Q2 Music at the Proms

Listen: Tallis Scholars Perform John Tavener's 'Requiem Fragments'

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Listen to the world premiere of the late John Tavener's Requiem Fragments, as recorded live at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The Late John Tavener's Eight-Hour, Crowning Achievement

Monday, February 17, 2014

The late British composer Sir John Tavener said that The Veil of the Temple is “the supreme achievement of my life and the most important work that I have ever composed.” Stream it in full all this week.

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Q2 Music

Listen: Remembering Sir John Tavener

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 pm, Q2 Music honors the recent passing of British composer John Tavener with an hour-long tribute celebrating his work for a cappella choir, solo voice and chamber ensemble.

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New Sounds

Sir John Tavener, a New Sounds Tribute

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.

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New Sounds

Sir John Tavener, World's 'Most-Heard' Composer, Dies At 69

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WNYC

Maybe you’re not a fan of modern classical music. But you’ve heard of The Beatles, haven’t you? They were among the earliest fans of the English composer Sir John Tavener, who died today at 69. And there’s an excellent chance you have heard, and perhaps been moved by, his music. Read John Schaefer's Soundcheck blog post.

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Soundcheck

Sir John Tavener, World's 'Most-Heard' Composer, Dies At 69

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

British composer Sir John Tavener, whose music stretched far beyond the classical world, has died at age 69. Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this remembrance.

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WQXR Blog

John Tavener, Composer Associated with Beatles and Princess Diana, Dies at 69

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John Tavener, an English composer known for his intensely spiritual works, died on Tuesday at his home in Dorset, England.

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New Sounds

British Choral Works

Friday, November 01, 2013

Hear choral works by three contemporary English composers on this New Sounds program, all of which invite comparisons between spiritual and mystical realms and that of reality on Earth.  Listen to Tarik O’Regan’s “The Ecstasies Above,” a setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s lyric poem Israfel (after the angel “whose heart-strings are a lute, and who has the sweetest voice of all God’s creatures”), painting quite the vision of heaven versus that of the lowly human condition. Also, O’Regan’s work is unusually scored; for full chorus, string quartet, and 8 vocal soloists [two separate SATB quartets.]

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New Sounds

British Choral Works

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hear choral works by three contemporary English composers on this New Sounds program, all of which invite comparisons between spiritual and mystical realms and that of reality on Earth.

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New Sounds

Works For String Quartet

Sunday, May 29, 2011

From the Soundcheck archives, we'll hear live performances of music by Fred Frith, Huang Ruo, and Sir John Tavener.  Plus, there's also music from the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning Steve Reich.  We'll listen to just one movement from his "Different Trains."  Yesterday Reich won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, "Double Sextet," written for Eighth Blackbird on tape playing against themselves.

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