Cappella Nova "Tavener Conducts Tavener" CD

Cappella Nova "Tavener Conducts Tavener" CD

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Tavener Conducts Tavener charts Cappella Nova's professional and personal connection with the celebrated composer Sir John Tavener, conducted by his cousin Alan Tavener.

4 stars'There are numerous premiere recordings here, and...of course, favourites such as The Lamb, but also a delightful range of compositions showing Tavener in more varied light.' The Scotsman

'...with a clutch of Christmas pieces Tavener conducts Tavener is a must-have for a Christmas present...absolutely terrific.' Classics Unwrapped

Tavener wrote some of the twentieth century's most beautiful choral music; works such as The Whale and Song for Athene, which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana, ensured he remained one of the most popular contemporary composers until his death in 2013. Including works from across the choir's twenty five year collaboration, this recording is bookended with choruses from the first piece Tavener ever wrote for Cappella Nova, Resurrection.

It also features nine premiere recordings including A Buddhist Miniature, commissioned to celebrate Cappella Nova's thirtieth anniversary in 2012, A Cradle Song and O that we were there! A brand new commission in memory of Tavener from his pupil and friend Ivan Moody, O isplendour, also receives its premiere here.

Ikon of the Nativity and Tavener's mesmerising and atmospheric Christmas hymn, The Lamb, with its beautiful simplicity and lush harmonies, lend a timely seasonal feel to the programme.


  1. Resurrection: Paradise Choir (Opening)
  2. Sunrise in Your Heart
  3. A New Commandment
  4. A Buddhist Miniature
  5. Ikon of the Nativity
  6. O isplendor
  7. The Founder’s Prayer
  8. The Lamb
  9. Take him, earth, for cherishing
  10. Two Hadiths
  11. Nunc dimittis (second setting)
  12. A Cradle Song
  13. They are all gone into the world of light
  14. O, do not move
  15. O that we were there!
  16. Paradise Choir (Closing)