John Tavener (20th century composer)

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Sir John Kenneth Tavener (28 January 1944 – 12 November 2013) was a British composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Protecting Veil, Song for Athene and The Lamb.

Tavener first came to prominence with his cantata The Whale, premiered in 1968. Then aged 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, most particularly for The Protecting Veil, which as recorded by cellist Steven Isserlis became a bestselling album, and Song for Athene which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana. The Lamb featured in the soundtrack for Paolo Sorrentino's film The Great Beauty. Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music and won an Ivor Novello Award.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Tavener: The Protecting Veil / Britten: Cello Suite No 3 / Tavener: Thrinos John Tavener, Britten; Steven Isserlis, London Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvenski 2
1992 The Whale John Tavener 1
1992 We Shall See Him as He Is John Tavener; BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox 1
1993 Mary of Egypt John Tavener; Lionel Friend 1
1994 Akathist of Thanksgiving John Tavener 1
1994 The Last Sleep of the Virgin / The Hidden Treasure John Tavener; Chilingirian Quartet 1
1995 Ikos Górecki, Tavener, Pärt; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury 1
1995 Innocence John Tavener 1
1995 The Protecting Veil / Thrinos / Eternal Memory John Tavener; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Justin Brown, Raphael Wallfisch 3
1996 Tavener / Pärt / Górecki Tavener, Pärt, Górecki; Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse 5
1998 Tears of the Angels John Tavener 1
1998 The Protecting Veil John Tavener 1
1998 The Protecting Veil / Wake Up... And Die John Tavener; Yo‐Yo Ma, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 2
1998 The Protecting Veil, In Alium John Tavener 1
1999 Out of the Night Arvo Pärt, John Tavener; Taverner Choir, Andrew Parrott 1
2001 Ikon of Light / Funeral Ikos / Carol: The Lamb John Tavener; The Tallis Scholars, Members of the Chilingirian String Quartet 1
2001 Lamentations and Praises John Tavener 1
2001 Song for Athene / Svyati: and other choral works John Tavener; The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson 2
2003 Darkness Into Light John Tavener; Anonymous 4, Chilingirian Quartet 1
2003 Mother and Child Sir John Tavener; Tenebrae, Nigel Short 1
2003 Ikon Of Eros John Tavener; Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale, Paul Goodwin 1
2003 The John Tavener Collection John Tavener; The Choir of Temple Church, Holst Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Layton 1
2004 Schuon Hymnen / The Second Coming / Exhortation and Kohima (Polyphony feat. conductor: Stephen Layton) John Tavener 1
2004 The Veil of the Temple (The Choir of the Temple Church & The Holst Singers feat. soprano Patricia Rozario, conductor: Stephen Layton) John Tavener 1
2007 Vaughan Williams and Tavener Vaughan Williams, Tavener; Nicola Benedetti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton 1
2008 Ex Maria Virgine John Tavener 1
2013 Around Britten Britten, Bryars, Tavener; Matthew Barley 2
2015 Tavener Conducts Tavener John Tavener; Cappella Nova, Alan Tavener 1
2016 Missa Wellensis John Tavener; Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens 1
Celtic Requiem (Requiem For Jenny Jones) John Tavener 1
Eis Thanaton, Theophany John Tavener 1
Eternity's Sunrise (Choir and Orchestra of the Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Paul Goodwin) John Tavener 1
Fall and Resurrection John Tavener 1
Funeral Ikos John Tavener 1
Ikons John Tavener 1
Ikons: Meditations in Words and Music John Tavener 1
Requiem John Tavener 1
Song for Athene John Tavener 1
Svyati John Tavener; Steven Isserlis 1
Thunder Entered Her John Tavener 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 John Tavener: A Portrait John Tavener 1
2004 The Best of John Taverner John Tavener 1
2008 Piano Music John Tavener; Ralph van Raat 1
2014 Essential Tavener John Tavener 1
Byzantia John Tavener 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Children of Men John Tavener 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 The Whale / Celtic Requiem John Tavener 1
Tavener - Lamentations and Praises John Tavener 1

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