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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Little Reliquary for G. F. H. (2009)
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
7 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Cello, Double Bass, Oboe, Viola, Violin, Violin

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John Tavener Little Reliquary for G. F. H. (2009)
Little Reliquary for G. F. H. is a humble tribute to Handel based on a misremembered quote from Solomon and scored for oboe, strings and countertenor. Solomon has always been my favourite work by Handel, and the aria, which I have albeit slightly misremembered, stems from my early years when I played it repeatedly on a 78 recording of Beecham’s orchestration of the music.

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... diamond class.
Richard Morrison, The Times,22/09/2009
... there was a lovely Little Reliquary for GFH from Sir John Tavener, which framed a tender setting of Pie Jesu within austerely beautiful canons. This one had something of Handel's own calm assurance and largeness of heart.
Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph,22/09/2009
... brooding string chords, a rather nice oboe line and a simple "Pie Jesu" melody...
Jonathan Wikeley,,20/09/2009
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