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TAVENER: John Tavener - A Portrait (MCCLEERY)

Composer(s):Tavener, John
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Spoken Word
Category Music Biographies
Catalogue 8.558152-53
Label Naxos Educational
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

John Tavener may not have won over the entire musical world with his brand of music, but he has undoubtedly won a sincere and popular following with his obvious gift for communicating directly to his audience. This disc offers a broad cross section of his work, from the early In Alium (1968) which features a pre-recorded tape of people making irritating noises (to this listener’s ears) to some of his most recent works. It features many of his obvious hits (such as an excerpt from The Protecting Veil), and embraces genres from solo piano and organ music to his opera (or ‘moving icon’ as the composer calls it), Mary of Egypt. As one would excerpt, there are many beautiful sounds on this CD and the performances are very good. What makes this


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,September 2005



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