Ikon of Light
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
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
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
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.