Music Matters: Tavener

Tom Service pays tribute to Sir John Tavener

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John TavenerJust last month Tom Service paid a visit to the late Sir John Tavener for the composer’s last ever interview with BBC Radio 3.

Tavener discussed his most recent compositions with Tom Service as well as explaining the challenges he faced with ill health and keeping faith throughout his life. Composer and conductor Oliver Knussen joins Service to assess Tavener’s legacy.

You can download our commemorative digital issue, celebrating the life and work of Sir John Tavener, on iPad and iPhone here.

Also in this programme, Service pays a visit to the rehearsals of a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. A problematic show since its premier in 1956, could this, Tom asks, the definitive version?

Listen on BBC iPlayer.