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John Tavener

p, 1944-2013 GB, Wembley
Musician / Composer of Classical
A.k.a. John Kenneth Tavener

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

  • Piano
  • Violoncello
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
  • Spoken Word
Popular Tracks   
The Lamb on Tavener: The Lamb by John Tavener & 12 Ensemble
Tavener: Funeral Canticle on ECM Selected Signs III - VIII by Various Artists
The Lamb on The John Tavener Collection by John Tavener, Temple Choir, The Holst Singers, Natalie Clein, English Chamber Orchestra & Stephen Layton
Mother Of God, Here I Stand on Lux by Voces8
Funeral Canticle on John Tavener: Eternity's Sunrise by John Tavener, Andrew Manze, Paul Goodwin & Academy of Ancient Music
Mother Of God on Beyond by Libera, Project Instrumental & Robert Prizeman
The Lamb on Tavener . Pärt . Górecki by Vasari Singers & Jeremy Backhouse
Song for Athene on Enchanted Isle by Voces8
Song for Athene on Allegri Miserere by Tenebrae
The Bridegroom on Darkness Into Light: Tavener: The Bridegroom & Other Works by Anonymous 4 & Chilingirian Quartet

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Title Artist Year Type
Missa Wellensis & Choral WorksJohn Tavener / Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens2016Album
The Song of the StarsRobert Chilcott, Paul Mealor, Gustav Holst, James MacMillan, Tarik O'Regan, Cecilia McDowall, John Tavener, James Whitbourn2015Album
Great BritainBenjamin Britten / Jonathan Harvey / James MacMillan / John Tavener / Peter Maxwell Davies - SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart2015Album
YpakoëJohn Tavener, Scottish Ensemble, The Wallace Collection, Canty, Elena Riu2014Compil.
Into The Night - Contemporary Choral MusicEric Whitacre, Stephen Paulus, Davis N. Childs, Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Abbie Betinis, Morten Lauridsen, Frank Ticheli2013Album
Around BrittenMatthew Barley - Benjamin Britten, Gavin Bryars, John Tavener2013Album
The Protecting Veil / Dies NatalisJohn Tavener, Gerald Finzi2013Album
John Tavener Requiem - British ComposersJohn Tavener, Ruth Palmer, Josephine Knight, Elin Manahan Thomas, Andrew Kennedy, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Vasily Petrenko2012Album
All Shall Be WellHenryk Górecki, Knut Nystedt, Gustav Holst, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Roxanna Panufnik, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff, John Tavener, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pierre Villette, Exultate Singers, David Ogden, Richard May2012Album
The Whale / Celtic RequiemJohn Tavener2010Album
Towards SilenceJohn Tavener, Cavaleri Quartet, The Medici Quartet, Finzi Quartet, Fifth Quadrant2010Album
John Tavener RequiemJohn Tavener, Ruth Palmer, Josephine Knight, Elin Manahan Thomas, Andrew Kennedy, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Vasily Petrenko2009Album
The Protecting Veil • The Last Sleep Of The Virgin • Choral MusicJohn Tavener, Steven Isserlis, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, David Hill, David Dunnett2009Compil.
Artist Profile SeriesRalph van Raat, John Adams / John Tavener / Magnus Lindberg / Frederic Rzewski2009Album
Ex Maria VirgineJohn Tavener - The Choir Of Clare College · Timothy Brown2008Album
Piano MusicJohn Tavener / Ralph van Raat2008Album
The Repentant ThiefJohn Tavener, Patricia Rozario, Andrew Marriner, Michael Tilson Thomas, The London Symphony Orchestra2008Album
Black Castles (British Music For Brass)Brass Partout / Hermann Bäumer - Sir Edward Elgar, Arthur Butterworth, Derek Bourgeois, John Tavener, John Pickard, Mark-Anthony Turnage2007Album
Motets (1921) / Gregorian Motets / Song For Athene / Mass In G Minor For Double Choir / O Sacrum ConviviumAaron Copland / Maurice Duruflé / John Tavener / Ralph Vaughan Williams / Olivier Messiaen & Thomas Tallis - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus, Norman Mackenzie2006Album
Lament For JerusalemJohn Tavener - Choir Of London, Jeremy Summerly2006Album
Fragments Of A Prayer: From The Motion Picture Children Of MenJohn Tavener2006Compil.
Schuon LiederJohn Tavener - Patricia Rozario, The Schubert Ensemble Of London With Gillian McDonagh2005Album
The Veil Of The TempleJohn Tavener2004Album
A Portrait (His Works・His Life・His Words)John Tavener2004Compil.
Lament For JerusalemSydney Philharmonic Symphonic Choir, Australian Youth Orchestra, John Tavener2004Album
Schuon Hymnen, The Second Coming, Exhortation And Kohima, Shûnya And Other Choral WorksJohn Tavener / Polyphony, Stephen Layton2004Album
The John Tavener CollectionJohn Tavener2003Compil.
Ikon Of LightJohn Tavener, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers2003Album
Taverner - The Protecting Veil / The Last Sleep Of The VirginJohn Tavener, The London Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Chilingirian String Quartet2002Album
The Hidden FaceJohn Tavener / Fretwork, Michael Chance2002Album
Darkness into LightAnonymous 4, Chilingirian String Quartet, John Tavener2002Album
DiódiaJohn Tavener, Patricia Rozario, The Vanbrugh Quartet2001Album
Total Eclipse • AgraphonJohn Tavener - Patricia Rozario • John Harle, The Academy Of Ancient Music, Paul Goodwin2001Album
Lamentations And PraisesChanticleer - John Tavener2001Album
Requiem For Father MalachyJohn Tavener / Jenaer Philharmonie2001Album
Song For Athene • Svyati And Other Choral WorksJohn Tavener - St. John's College Choir, Christopher Robinson2000Album
GormenghastRichard Rodney Bennett, John Tavener2000Album
Fall and ResurrectionJohn Tavener, Richard Hickox2000Album
ByzantiaJohn Tavener1999Compil.
The Protecting Veil / In AliumJohn Tavener, Maria Kliegel, Eileen Hulse, Ulster Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa1999Album
Mandelion - Works For Organ - Kevin BowyerJohn Tavener - Kevin Bowyer1999Compil.
Eternity's SunriseJohn Tavener - The Academy Of Ancient Music, Paul Goodwin1999Album
Out Of The NightArvo Pärt / John Tavener - Taverner Choir, Andrew Parrott1999Album
Eternity's SunriseJohn Tavener - The Academy Of Ancient Music, Paul Goodwin1999Album
The Protecting Veil / Wake Up... And DieYo-Yo Ma, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman - John Tavener1998Album
Trisagion & Other Contemporary British Chamber MusicOnyx Brass, John Tavener1998Album
Michael Nyman: Strong On Oaks Strong On The Causes Of Oaks, John Tavener: The Protecting VeilJohn Tavener, Michael Nyman, English Sinfonia, Bramwell Tovey1998Album
Tears Of The AngelsJohn Tavener / The BT Scottish Ensemble1998Album
The Protecting Veil / The Last Sleep Of The VirginJohn Tavener - I Fiamminghi, Rudolf Werthen1998Album
The Last Sleep Of The VirginJohn Tavener / Chilingirian String Quartet / The London Symphony Orchestra1997Compil.
SvyatiJohn Tavener, Steven Isserlis1997Album
Akhmatova RequiemJohn Tavener1997Compil.
Jubilate Deo!Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Francis Poulenc, John Tavener, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir1996Album
Twentieth-Century Choral MusicJohn Tavener / Arvo Pärt / Henryk Górecki / Alan Ridout / Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse1996Album
Eis Thanaton / TheophanyJohn Tavener : Richard Hickox, Patricia Rozario, Stephen Richardson, City Of London Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra1996Album
The Protecting Veil / Thrinos / Eternal MemoryJohn Tavener - Raphael Wallfisch, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Justin Brown1995Album
InnocenceJohn Tavener1995Album
IkosHenryk Górecki · John Tavener · Arvo Pärt - The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury1995Album
Contemporary ClassicsHenryk Górecki, John Tavener, Arvo Pärt1995Compil.
Ikon Of Light • Two Hymns To The Mother Of God • Today The Virgin • The Tiger • The Lamb • EoniaJohn Tavener, The Sixteen, The Duke Quartet, Harry Christophers1994Album
The Last Sleep Of The Virgin / The Hidden TreasureJohn Tavener - Chilingirian String Quartet1994Album
Thunder Entered HerJohn Tavener - David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir1994Album
Thunder Entered HerJohn Tavener - David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir1994Album
Eternal Memory / From Jewish LifeJohn Tavener, Ernest Bloch, Steven Isserlis, Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov1994Single
Akathist Of ThanksgivingJohn Tavener1994Album
The Last Sleep Of The VirginJohn Tavener - Chilingirian String Quartet1994Album
IkonsJohn Tavener1994Album
Mary Of EgyptJohn Tavener1993Album
Celtic Requiem (Requiem For Jenny Jones)John Tavener1993Album
The WhaleJohn Tavener1993Album
We Shall See Him As He IsJohn Tavener1992Album
The Protecting VeilJohn Tavener - Steven Isserlis, The London Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky1992Album
The Repentant ThiefJohn Tavener - Andrew Marriner, The London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas1991Album
Ikon Of Light / Funeral Ikos / Carol: The LambJohn Tavener, The Tallis Scholars, Chilingirian String Quartet1984Album
Music By British ComposersJohn Tavener / Paul Patterson1982Album
The Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom Opus 32John Tavener1978Album
Requiem For Father Malachy / Canciones EspanolasJohn Tavener, The King's Singers, The Nash Ensemble1976Album
Celtic Requiem (Requiem For Jenny Jones)John Tavener1971Album
The WhaleJohn Tavener1970Album
Reads "New Numbers" / Three Songs For SurrealistsChristopher Logue / John Tavener, John Lennon, Yoko Ono1970Album
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