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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: Eileen Hulse, Heidi Grant-Murphy, Laura Gilbert, Mary Hammann, Stacey Shames, et al.
  • Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra, Cambridge St John's College Choir, Sixteen, Duke Quartet, Durham Cathedral Choir
  • Conductor: Takuo Yuasa, Christopher Robinson, Harry Christophers, James Lancelot
  • Composer: John Tavener
  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0001AXQI2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. In Alium: Section ATakuo Yuasa 4:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. To a Child Dancing in the Wind: I. He Wishes for the Cloths of HeavenStacey Shames 5:22£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The LambChristopher Robinson 3:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The TygerChristopher Robinson 5:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ikon of Light: Movement 1: Fos I, DoxaHarry Christophers 5:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ikon of Light: Movement 2: Piu intensitaHarry Christophers 3:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mandelion (excerpt)Kevin Bowyer 3:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Chant: Chant (excerpt)Jonathan Richards 3:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ikon of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne: Ikon of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (excerpt)James Lancelot 2:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Protecting Veil: The Protecting Veil: Section IMaria Kliegel15:08Album Only
Listen11. Mary of Egypt: Mary of Egypt, Act III: Bless DuetLionel Friend 7:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Akhmatova Songs: Akhmatova Songs: No. 5. The MusePatricia Rozario 2:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Diodia: Solemn -Vanbrugh Quartet 5:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Diodia: [rehearsal letter I]Vanbrugh Quartet 5:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Song for AtheneChristopher Robinson 5:39£0.69  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. ZodiacsThalia Myers 2:29£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Prayer of the HeartBrodsky Quartet15:17Album Only
Listen  3. Ikon of Eros: Ikon of Eros: Movement 2: ErosPaul Goodwin 7:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mother and Child: Mother and Child (excerpt)Nigel Short 4:38£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'My earliest musical memories...'John Tavener 8:21Album Only
Listen  6. John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'I saw in the Russian Orthodox Church...'John Tavener 8:13Album Only
Listen  7. John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'I think The Protecting Veil...'John Tavener 8:04Album Only
Listen  8. John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'The Icelandic pop singer Björk...'John Tavener 6:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'The fact that I've been given...'John Tavener 4:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'When my publishers ring...'John Tavener 5:39£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. John Tavener Reflects... A Recorded Interview: 'The only goal...'John Tavener 5:05£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Ideal for neophytes, John Tavener: A Portrait is a two-disc set presenting a chronological survey of the composer's major works produced to coincide with his 60th birthday (January 2004). Although it's a sampler collection consisting of short extracts, it all fits together well because the music is accompanied by a lengthy and informative booklet essay by David McCleery that puts all the extracts in the context of Tavener's Gnostic musical journey of self-discovery, from avant-garde pal of the Beatles to Russian Orthodoxy to all-embracing spirituality.

The representative selection is compiled from a variety of recordings and record labels (though there's nothing here from his most famous early work The Whale). The Protecting Veil (performed by Maria Kliegel) as well as his later "divine" musings are given due prominence, naturally enough. But even Tavener acolytes who already have the full-length versions of many of these pieces will still be tempted by the inclusion of the premiere recording of Prayer of the Heart, featuring Icelandic singer Björk and the Brodsky Quartet. The addition of a recorded interview with the composer himself ensures that anyone wishing to learn more about Tavener's often opaque and enigmatic music will do well to begin here. --Mark Walker

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the John Tavener born in the 1940's, not the John Taverner (with an `R') of the 1490's. Their music is quite different, so the mistaken identity will only be made once in terms of CD purchases.

John Tavener was born in London in 1944, hence this double CD of his popular works being released in 2004 to mark his 60h birthday.

Much of the music here is short pieces from the full works so gives a good overview to the newcomer, to whom this is directed, of the style of music produced by the composer. The range of music is varied, at times startlingly so, from the freestyle and unpredictable `Mandelion for organ' to the slightly eerie `Prayer of the Heart' with the subtle string playing of the Brodsky quartet played alongside the harshly grating sound of Bjork `singing'.

A real bonus is the 68 page booklet which provides an excellent biography of Tavener, some interesting photos, plus of course the tracklist. Also of interest is a 45 or so minute interview with Tavener on CD2.

A perfect introduction to the music of Tavener, and confirmation that Bjork really is a unique artist.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Smith on 10 Feb 2004
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What a superb presentation, a great collection of music including the sublime 'Song for Athene ' along with the World Premiere of ' Prayer of the Heart ' featuring Bjork. The interview section of disc two is rather special, full of interesting stories. John Tavener is a gentle soul and comes across as an egoless gentleman, I thoughly enjoyed hearing him speak. This two disc set comes in a slip-clase and full 68 page booklet, and at very resonable price this must be the Classical bargain of the year !. This music moved me to tears... truly beautiful. Dont miss this.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on 8 Mar 2004
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This is how CDs ought to be presented.
The music speaks for itself - a comprehensive (albeit not definitive) overview of Taverner's work. Taverner excels at the understated and enigmatic; this collection reminds you of the strength in depth that Taverner can offer.
This was the first time I'd heard Prayer of the Heart; what a wonderful piece, with an electrifying performance by Bjork.
What really impressed me was the audio interview with Taverner and the really interesting booklet by David McCleery.
In an age where DVDs seem to come with endless extras as standard, why don't more CD publishers provide quality extras in the way that Naxos have here? The interview and essay turn a great CD into an indispensible package.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "black_ant_king" on 13 Aug 2004
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I had only heard 'The protecting Veil' and a compilation (called 'Funeral Ikos')prior to this.
Although I cannot say that I was bowled over by the first disk (which is not to say I did not enjoy it), the second disk proved to be the reason for buying this CD. Not only is 'A prayer of the heart' magnificent, but the other pieces selected and the wonderful interview (into which the interviewer never intrudes) make this a great addition to the Tavener works I already have. To anyone interested in this man's music, I cannot recommend this highly enough. From packaging, to booklet (which contains a biography) to the all-important music, this CD is vital to anyone interested, not only in John Tavener, but in music and life in general.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Vargiu Riccardo James on 4 Mar 2004
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The following review is going to focus exclusively on the composition PRAYER OF THE HEART, which John Tavener wrote for Björk. It is, in John Tavener’s words, an “ejaculatory prayer” which he found to be congenial to Björk’s “raw, primordial” voice. Although the lyrics are an adaptation of a Christian Orthodox prayer, what inspired this monody was the story of an Indian monk who had been meditating for so long that he appeared to be dead. The story goes that he was about to be buried when his fellow monks realized that in reality he was in such a state of ecstasy that he had momentarily lost touch with this world.
The music itself, performed mostly by the Brodsky Quartet, is scarcely any different from a mere pedal point or, at best, a few looped chords. Against this backdrop, Björk chants a rather traditional liturgical tune to the words of Kyrie Eleison (“Lord, Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy upon me”). In so doing, she employs three languages, one per section: Greek in the first, Coptic in the second and English in the third. Each shift from one language to the next marks a significant variation in her singing to suit the differing lines of verse, as well as to generate a sense of development and dramatic progression. The austerity of the music, far from being gratuitous, makes the slightest of variations in her intonation and in her singing style resound as powerfully as is conceivable.
The prayer starts off with a most feeble Kyrie Eleison, Björk sounding as if she were just then coming back to her senses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan J. Boniwell on 17 Feb 2014
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This was choral music at its most moving and meaningful for me. At times it moved me to tears and seemed to touch my soul.
There was something so deep in it, that I can't really put it into words, except it seemed to lift me to another level.
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