All products and recordings are chosen independently by our editorial team. This review contains affiliate links and we may receive a commission for purchases made. Please read our affiliates FAQ page to find out more.

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
Published: January 28, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Ikon of Light

The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
Coro 16015

Advertisement

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. We named the London Symphony Orchestra one of the best orchestras in the world.

Ex Maria Virgine

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Timothy Brown
Naxos 8.572168

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

Requiem

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko
EMI 235 1342

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

Read more of our reviews of the latest Tavener recordings

Find out more about Tavener and his works here

Advertisement

Which are the best music streaming services for classical music lovers?

Authors

Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.

Sponsored content