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John Tavener: Requiem

Vasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
4 May 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 May 2009
  • Release Date: 4 May 2009
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:02:59
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  • ASIN: B0027SCXEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,381 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Monk on 20 July 2009
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It will come as no surprise to those who know John Tavener's music that the words Tavener and Requiem go together like Laurel and Hardy. Tavener's hauntingly beautiful music was made for the form and this doesn't disappoint.

But there are surprises. Tavener's devout faith is no secret, but this is a requiem which draws on a number of the world's great religions and it feels very inclusive. And, for a requiem, it can be positively spiky and grand. It was recorded live in the wonderful Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool, and the Cathedral's acoustic feels like part of the piece.

The CD also includes Mahashakti and Eternal Memory, two pieces which are entirely sympathetic to the requiem and gives a playing time of 63 minutes.

A requiem for our times and very highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VedantaPam on 1 Dec. 2013
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Very powerful composition. A true masterpiece.
Every piece has a meaning and they just flow into each other.
I recommend this to all spiritual music lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By neil shepherd on 11 Oct. 2014
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My all time favourite Tavener work.I love it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RayH on 5 July 2014
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Good but some tracks are hard work to appreciate
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, Spiritual, Inspired. 17 Jun. 2009
By Lorin Kee - Published on Amazon.com
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Since there are no other reviews yet, I will post one.
FIRST: The track listing on Amazon is wrong. There are actually 10 tracks. "Eternal Memory" is #10. Additionally, the audio samples are wrong. If you click on Mahashakti, what you actually here is Eternal Memory. Hopefully this will be corrected soon.

The Requiem is nice. It's supposed to represent the spiritual journey of the soul. I guess I much prefer the destination, or at least the 2nd half. "Ananda" is wonderful.

However, the best thing on this album, in my opinion, is the 18 minute "Shakti/Mahashakti" piece. It is GORGEOUS. It uses a segment of the melody from Tavener's "Mother and Child". However, I much prefer the solo violin here to the choral version.

Tavener can sometimes be hit or miss with me. This album is definitely going to be one of my favorites, along with the Darkness into Light album. Highly Recommended.
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Magnificent! 2 Oct. 2013
By Anthony Barr - Published on Amazon.com
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BBC Music Magazine recently expressed regrets at the choice of location to record this piece, deeming Liverpool Metropolita Catherdral as being 'too cavernous'for purity o sound. I have other work by Tavener recorded in similar location, and I am very pleased with this recording. I think the space is what the composer intended, and I have played it several time, delighting on each litening.
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John Tavener: Ave Atque Vale 13 Nov. 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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The loss of British composer John Tavener is acutely felt among his many admirers of his spiritually instilled music that occupied most of his life, but likely the loss will be noted even more intensely in the future when his works are performed with more regularity in the US. Biographical date: `Sir John Kenneth Tavener (28 January 1944 - 12 November 2013) was a British composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Whale, "The Protecting Veil" and "Song for Athene". He began as a prodigy; in 1968, at the age of 24, he was described by The Guardian as "the musical discovery of the year", while The Times said he was "among the very best creative talents of his generation." During his career he became one of the best known and popular composers of his generation. Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music. He suffered from considerable health problems. He had Marfan syndrome, had a stroke in his thirties, heart surgery and the removal of a tumor in his forties, and suffered two successive heart attacks which left him very frail.'

This recording of his Requiem was made in the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in 2009. Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra with soloists Ian Tracey, Josephine Knight, Andrew Kennedy and Elin Manahan Thomas. The Requiem was first performed in Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral in February 2009, and it is that performance that is issued here. Like many of Tavener's recent works, the Requiem is multifaith, intended to emphasis the common ground between the world's religions. The backbone of the seven-movement work is the Roman Catholic requiem mass, on to which Tavener grafts extracts from the Qu'ran, Sufi and Hindu texts; at the mid point is a movement that combines the Dies Irae with what Tavener calls Kali's Dance, led by a solo cello that has a concertante role throughout and that, according to the composer, represents "the primordial light which appears at death and journeys with us towards the state of oneness, or paradise". The sequence ends in a blaze of choral and orchestral sound, representing the moment when "the true self shines forth and we have ... become one with God". The work requires several listenings to receive the full impact, but it is a grand and mystical piece and exceptionally well performed by Petrenko and forces.

Also included on this CD are other works of Tavener, instrumental only and breathtakingly beautiful - Mah„shakti: Shakti with Ruth Palmer as violin soloist and the Eternal Memory with Josephine Knight as cello soloist, both accompanied by Petrenko and the orchestra. The entire CD is a reminder of just how spiritually elevating is the music of John Tavener. He will be missed. Grady Harp, November 13
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The sound of Tavener performed in a closet 11 Nov. 2014
By Michael R. Leghorn - Published on Amazon.com
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In my 2000+ CD collection, this is a top contender in my CD Hall of Shame. The Neanderthals responsible for the sound of this recording have managed to remove the spacial dimension. What's Tavener's music without space? Shouldn't the fact that this was performed and recorded in a cathedral have provided a hint to the engineers? All the various sections of musicians have been miked up close, and each section, along with their attendant reverberation, emanates from a point in the sound stage (which suggests to me that the various sections were recorded in mono). The result is that the sound is flat, shallow, and one dimensional. Not what you want for this music!
I have several recordings of Tavener's music. All but this one are fine recordings. Listening to them on my high-end headphone system (Sennheiser HD800s + Burson Audio Conductor headphone amp) is an immersive experience. By contrast, listening to this recording is anything but immersive. It's exasperating.
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