At the Manchester International Festival in July 2013, the BBC Philharmonic gave a concert of music by John Tavener, including three world premieres - some of the last music he composed before his death in November at the age of 69. In tonight's Hear and Now the concert is presented by Tom Service in conversation with Judith Weir - as an aspiring teenage composer in the early 1970s, Weir had lessons from Tavener, who lived nearby. And we'll also hear from Tavener himself, in archive interviews.
John Tavener: Love Duet from The Play of Krishna (World Premiere)
Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano),
John Mark Ainsley (tenor).
Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano).
Abida Parveen (voice),
Manchester International Festival Sacred Sounds Choir.
If Ye Love Me (World Premiere)
MIF Sacred Sounds Choir.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (World Premiere)
Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone),
Steven Isserlis (cello).
Tecwyn Evans (conductor).