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Tavener: Innocence, The Lamb, Song for Athene, Tyger, Annunciation, Two Hymns [Import]

John Tavener , Martin Neary , Westminster Abbey Choir , English Chamber Orchestra , Patricia Rozario , et al. Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Patricia Rozario, Leigh Nixon, Graham Titus, Alice Neary
  • Orchestra: Westminster Abbey Choir, English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Composer: John Tavener
  • Audio CD (9 Oct 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000253H4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Lamb
2. Innocence
3. The Tyger
4. Annunciation
5. Hymn to the Mother of God
6. Hymn For The Dormition Of The Mother Of God
7. Requiem - Dies Irae - Lacrymosa - Dies Irae - Libera Me - Requiem
8. Song for Athene

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Innocence, the longest work here, is the least successful. The bulk of the piece is a catalogue of cruelties inflicted by humankind on innocents--mostly children--set to harsh but generally monotonous music. But Patricia Rozario is spectacular in a three-octave solo part, and the ending, with an ethereal chorus and bells depicting the salvation awaiting suffering innocents, is magical. The shorter pieces are deservedly among Tavener's most famous. The gentle, beguiling The Lamb and the powerful Tyger, settings of poems by William Blake, make an ideal pair. (Where The Tyger's text alludes to The Lamb, Tavener quotes The Lamb's music to wonderful effect.) The two hymns to the Mother of God are models of reverent beauty; Song for Athene, made world-famous at Princess Diana's funeral, is spellbinding. --Matthew Westphal

Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars uplifting choral music 10 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Most people will remember the beautiful, solemn but ultimately uplifting choral peice at the close of the funeral of Diana Princess of Wales. This is the final track of this fascinating album and the reason I bought it. The other tracks reveal to the listener more amazing potential of the human voice and are so very evocative of the huge volume and character of the cathedral in which they are recorded. I have been introduced to a composer and a form of music that I was previously unaware of and now enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars compelling listening 10 Jan 2003
By Taz
Includes "Song For Athene" most recognised from Princess Diana's funeral and "The Lamb", from the "Orange" mobile phone advert both haunting and thought provoking. I found this cd truly compelling but very dark, Tavenners use of William Blakes poetry and prose here is pure genious! The use of choral conflicts in harmonies is unorthodox but a wonderfull way to wake up the senses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Choral Splendour 14 April 2014
By R. Newbold TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I guess most non-Tavener aficionados would be interested in this album for the elegiac tribute "Song for Athene" a 1994 composition used at the funeral of Princess Diana. The main piece, Innocence, was written to take advantage of the vastness of Westminster Abbey, and as with most choral works of religious inclination, I tend to judge the quality by the ability of the recording to deliver that oomph in the confines of my (definitely secular) tiddly music room. The verdict - pretty good, especially as soprano Patricia Rosario delivers as usual a divine performance of Tavener's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer bliss for £1.50! 19 Feb 2014
By David
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Why pay the full price when used CDs deliver the goods just as well. This recording depicts Taverner at his very best, well performed by a skilful choir.
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