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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Song for Athene (1993)
commissioned by the BBC
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1993
Duration
7 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
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Programme Note
John Tavener Song for Athene (1993)
This work was written in memory of Athene Harriadis, who died tragically in March 1993. Her inner and outer beauty was reflected in her love of acting, poetry, music, and of the Orthodox Church. The text is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet and the Orthodox Funeral Service.

John Tavener

  • Soloist(s)
    various
  • Ensemble
    Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
    Soloist(s)
    Timothy Hugh, cello
    Conductor
    Christopher Robinson
    Naxos:
  • Ensemble
    Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
    Conductor
    Christopher Robinson
  • Ensemble
    The Choir
    Conductor
    James Whitbourn
    Opus Arte:
  • Ensemble
    Westminster Abbey Choir / English Chamber Orchestra
    Conductor
    Martin Neary
    Sony:
  • Ensemble
    King's College Choir, Cambridge
    Conductor
    Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble
    Choir of Temple Church / Holst Singers / English Chamber Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Natalie Clein, cello (extracts only of The Protecting Veil and The Veil of the Temple)
    Conductor
    Stephen Layton
    Decca:
  • Ensemble
    Various including Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Taverner Choir, Westminster Abbey Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Various including Yo-Yo Ma, cello / Claron McFadden, soprano / James Bowman, counter-tenor / Timothy Wilson, counter-tenor / Martin Baker, organ
    Conductor
    Various including David Zinman / Andrew Parrott / Martin Neary
  • Ensemble
    The Sixteen
    Conductor
    Harry Christophers
    Universal Classics:
  • Ensemble
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus
    Conductor
    Norman Mackenzie
    Telarc:
  • Ensemble
    Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland
    Soloist(s)
    Gudrun Johanna Olafsdottir (soprano), Hrolfur Saemundsson (baritone)
    Conductor
    Hilmar Örn Agnarsson
    Smekkleysa:
  • Ensemble
    Cambridge Singers and Aurora Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano
    Conductor
    John Rutter
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Things such as deep, long-held pedal-notes, simple scale-like melodic movement, uncomplicated harmonies occasionally leavened with a single bitter-sweet dissonance, a switching back and forth between major and minor, slow tempos, and lots of repetition: these are some of the chief compositional tools over which Tavener has attained his deceptive mastery.
Michael Dungan, The Irish Times,10/29/2008
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