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“Tavener Conducts Tavener” – Cappella Nova/ Alan Tavener – Linn

“Tavener Conducts Tavener” – Cappella Nova/ Alan Tavener – Linn

A Tavener tribute of substance and compelling emotion. “Tavener Conducts Tavener” – Cappella Nova/ Alan Tavener – Linn CKD 539, 74 min. [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Cappella Nova has a long association with the music of the late John Tavener (2013), and so this tribute album is bookended with music from the very first composition they commissioned from him, Resurrection. Conductor Alan Tavener is a relation, but not close, though he seems to have an innate understanding of this music that only a close relative could! Cappella sings everything here with endearment and understanding. In fact this is as fine a compilation of Tavener’s music as I have heard, and there are many. He was an uneven composer; at his best, as in many of the smaller choral works, The Protecting Veil, and in my opinion his finest piece, The Veil of the Temple, his music approached the sublime. At the other end it often felt as if he were on autopilot, or at best unsure of his direction. Spiritually towards the end of his life this same dilemma plagued him, though he professed to remain an Orthodox Christian. His influence however, is not in doubt. Just listening to the […]

Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works = ABBIE BETINIS: Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures; LEE KESSELMAN: Buzzings; ERIC WHITACRE: When David Heard; Sleep; STACY GARROP: Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy; DAVID DEL TREDICI: Acrostic Song from “Final Alice”; NED ROREM: 7 Motets; PAUL CRABTREE: 5 Romantic Miniatures – Grant Park Chorus/ Christopher Bell – Cedille

Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works = ABBIE BETINIS: Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures; LEE KESSELMAN: Buzzings; ERIC WHITACRE: When David Heard; Sleep; STACY GARROP: Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy; DAVID DEL TREDICI: Acrostic Song from “Final Alice”; NED ROREM: 7 Motets; PAUL CRABTREE: 5 Romantic Miniatures – Grant Park Chorus/ Christopher Bell – Cedille

An enchanting disc of great variety performed beautifully.