The best recordings of works by John Tavener

We round up some of the greatest recordings of the British composing legend Sir John Tavener

Credit: James Cheadle

Ikon of Light
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
Coro 16015


A good introduction to Tavener’s finest choral writing, including The Lamb and the early seven-movement sequence that gives the disc its name.

The Protecting Veil
Steven Isserlis (cello); London Symphony Orchestra/Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Erato 3-63293 

A classic release of the hypnotically spaced-out score that still wins converts after 18 years.

Ex Maria Virgine
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Timothy Brown
Naxos 8.572168 

A recent carol sequence that does surprising things to familiar texts.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko
EMI 235 1342 

In his later, stylistically inclusive mode, the Requiem contains grandiloquence and a state of surrender.