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Christmas Proclamation - Tavener: Song for Athene , Svyati and other choral works [CD]

John Tavener Audio CD
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While John Tavener’s name is today known all over the world, it was familiar to concert-goers in Britain from the early success of his cantata The Whale in 1968, a success renewed twenty years later with The Protecting Veil. What brought him to an even wider public, however, was Song for Athene, performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, which had an impact that could ... Read more in Amazon's John Tavener Store

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  • Performer: Choir of St. John's College
  • Conductor: Christopher Robinson
  • Composer: John Tavener
  • Audio CD (20 Nov 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000050XAG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. God is with Us: Christmas ProclamationSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Song for AtheneSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The LambSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Tyger: The TigerSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 5:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. MagnificatSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 7:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: Nunc DimittisSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Funeral IkosSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 7:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 2 Hymns to the Mother of God: Hymn to the Mother of GodSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 2 Hymns to the Mother of God: Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of GodSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Love bade me welcomeSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. As one who has sleptSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Lord's PrayerSt. John's College Choir, Cambridge 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Svyati, 'O Holy One'Tim Hugh13:20Album Only

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Since the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, John Tavener's simple and powerful Song for Athene has been recorded umpteen times and has thus become an excellent standard by which to judge all the choirs who have attempted it. The version by the Choir of Kings College Cambridge is hyper-sophisticated with plenty of vibrato from the boys; the Choir of New College Oxford recording is smoothly buttery and breathy; and the version here from the Choir of St John's College Cambridge (while slightly less accurate than the other two) is urgent and driven. The acoustic of the St John's Chapel is a tad less resonant than some of the other collegiate chapels, and contributes to the harder edge of the choir's sound, but it also focuses attention on the choir as a collection of individual voices in a way which is thrillingly unique. Here they are on excellent form, and approach Tavener's blend of cathedral mysticism and Eastern chant with an English sense of drama. The mix is alluring and makes for an attractive Tavener compilation. --Warwick Thompson

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A collection of Christmas and other choral pieces.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music of Great Depth, Beautifully Performed 1 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a lovely collection of Tavener's choral music, perfect for introducing a newcomer to his style and leaving him or her wanting more. It includes the `Song for Athene', made famous by the Diana, Princess of Wales funeral, but it offers many more pieces, such as `The Lamb', and `Svyati', which show an even broader aspect of Tavener's soothing, peaceful style. This is music with great depth, suitable for accompanying meditation, for listening in the dark, or for reaching towards an understanding of life. The choir of St John's College, Cambridge and Christopher Robinson achieve a sound that perfectly suits the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting music 11 Jan 2008
By Aquinas
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this CD on and off since it was released 7 years ago and, even though the music may appear repetitive, I have not tired of it. I think this is because, like great liturgical music (admittedly all the work is not liturgical), it is ecstatically and transcendentally focused. For me, this music is winter music, it gathers one into oneself, but at the same time, it draws one out of oneself. And, that is what great music does. My impression though is that the music is not sung and recorded as sublimely as some of the other works in this Naxos series - I am thinking of the Britten and the Howells CDs, which are beautiful. And yet, it is well worth the buy!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of John Tavener's work 6 Feb 2001
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All the Tavener "standards" are here (Song for Athene, The Lamb etc.) plus some less common pieces. The Funeral Ikos is the most wonderful thing I've ever heard, the Christmas Proclamation is simply spine-tingling and the Magnificat heart-stopping. The Svyati to finish it with - excellent.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful but repetitive music 20 Nov 2004
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On one level this is a great CD. Under the direction of Christopher Robinson the Choir of St John's College Cambridge have drunk deeply of the idiom of John Tavener's choral works, which combine Russian intensity with the classic British Choral tradition. They have transported themselves into his musical world and their performances are quite different than those on other CDs in this series of works by more conventionally British composers such as Stanford and Finzi: more urgent, more rapt, more other worldly.
On the other hand the limitations of John Tavener's style are revealed. He talks a good talk about the wrong turning western music took at the beginning of the modern era and about returning to an earlier universal musical purity. But what does he give us? By the time I am half way through this disc I feel that I am being sentenced to an hour of stair walking as I hear yet another ascent and descent of the same scales.
There is no doubt that taken one at a time these pieces are works of beauty. But taken together their repetitive nature is made obvious.
There are also problems with the sound levels on the first few tracks. On God With Us the intrusions by the organ towards the end are too loud, and in Song for Athene there is too great a dynamic range. These tracks require the listener to have one hand on the volume control. After that things improve.
There is one obvious piece of wrong information on the back cover of the CD. John Tavener is described as having a strong Greek Orthodox faith, when in fact he was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church for many years. The booklet notes are of a good standard and add to appreciation of the works
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 24 Mar 2014
By David
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Beautiful combination of good, technically accurate choral interpretation and Taverner's superlative composition makes this CD a must-have for all fans of the great, alas now deceased, master of British music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 14 Feb 2014
By A.Ward
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There is such beauty and surprise in Tavener's music. If you're not familiar with it, then I urge you to do so. His job was done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tavener - Song for Athene 6 Jan 2014
By Chris
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Prompt delivery, excellent service.CD is a mto listen to - Choir outstanding, and organ sounds thrilling. I'm not a fan of modern music, but Tavener captivates me. Well recommended.
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