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Prom 25: The Tallis Scholars sing Tavener

The Tallis Scholars perform music composed for them by John Tavener, reflecting his wide-ranging spirituality and religious interests.

An avowedly spritual composer who caught the public admiration in this secular age, John Tavener's was a compositional voice unlike any other and the increasingly wide-ranging spirituality of his music - which, in his later years, embraced Islam and Hinduism as well Christianity - is reflected in this concert. Long-time collaborators the Tallis Scholars perform two works composed for them - 'Ikon of Light', completed in the 1980s, and 'Requiem Fragments' which is one of the final works Tavener completed before his death last year.

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Martin Handley

Tavener: Ikon of Light
Tavener: Requiem Fragments (BBC commission; world premiere)

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Heath Quartet
Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips (conductor)

Concert originally broadcast 04/08/2014.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Prelude to Christmas Oratorio

    Performer: Philip Brunelle (organ).
  • John Tavener

    The Lamb

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • John Tavener

    Ikon of Light

    Conductor: Peter Phillips. Ensemble: Heath Quartet. Ensemble: Tallis Scholars.
  • John Tavener

    Requiem fragments

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Conductor: Peter Phillips. Ensemble: Heath Quartet. Ensemble: Tallis Scholars.
  • SUSA

    Serenade for a Christmas Night

    Performer: Philip Brunelle (organ).
  • Louis Vierne

    March of the Three Kings

    Performer: Philip Brunelle (organ).

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