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The John Tavener Collection

Stephen Layton Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Audio CD (21 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000B0A0C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tavener: Song For AtheneThe Holst Singers 5:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tavener: Today The VirginStephen Layton 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tavener: The TygerThe Holst Singers 4:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tavener: The LambStephen Layton 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tavener: The Protecting Veil - The Dormition Of The Mother Of GodStephen Layton 6:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tavener: The Protecting Veil - The Protecting VeilStephen Layton 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tavener: A Hymn To The Mother Of GodThe Holst Singers 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tavener: The Veil of the Temple - What God Is We Do Not KnowThe Holst Singers 3:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tavener: Funeral IkosThe Holst Singers 7:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tavener: ThrenosNatalie Clein 5:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tavener: God Is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation)The Holst Singers 5:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tavener: A Christmas RoundStephen Layton 1:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tavener: Elizabeth Full Of GraceThe Holst Singers12:141.49  Buy MP3 

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pater familias unveiled 31 Oct 2003
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Those who have watched Stephen Layton conduct Tavener, or anything else for that matter, will quickly realise that this CD fizzes with his dynamic and committed approach. The balance of the Temple Church Choir and the Holst singers coupled with the occasional surprising intervention of the organ lend the performance a noticeable depth, making it a worthwhile buy even for Tavener fans who will already have most of these works in their libary.
The premiere recording of "What God is We Do Not Know" from Sir John's magnum opus, "The Veil of the Temple", an all night vigil first performed to unanimous acclaim last June, is a taster for joys in store when the CD of "The Veil" highlights is eventually released. "Elizabeth Full of Grace", another premiere and a 12 minute work, would of itself justify buying this CD.
I confess prejudice in my judgement that the choristers of The Temple Church Choir are in particularly good voice - I am the father of two of them - but I'm sure even an entirely disinterested ear will agree. The momentum of rehearsing "The Veil" through early summer carries them on here.
There are no loose ends, no slackness in approach. Mr Layton, if anything, winds up the tension in quieter passages where a less determined conductor would have allowed the listener's attention to wander. Every track bristles with the excitement of fresh revelation, doing real justice to the spiritual quality of Sir John's work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but too muddy and quiet 20 Sep 2005
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I found this recording frustrating, for example, on "Funeral Ikos" The Holst Singers are muddy, and there is too much `ring' from the recording venue. In addition, in an attempt to respect the quietude with which the piece begins, it is simply recorded at too low a volume. The King's College Choir, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury recording on "IKOS" is superior.
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