Cappella Nova under Tavener's direction delivers performances every bit as luminous and attractive as the music itself. - IRR
It sounds gorgeously detailed and almost luminous jaw-dropping. - Gramophone
Cappella Nova sings with precision and with sweet, pure tone. - All Music
Tavener Conducts Tavener charts Cappella Novaís professional and personal connection with the celebrated composer Sir John Tavener.
Tavener wrote some of the twentieth centuryís most beautiful choral music; works such as The Whale and Song for Athene, which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana, ensured he remained one of the most popular contemporary composers until his death in 2013.
Including works from across the choirís twenty five year collaboration, this recording is bookended with choruses from the first piece Tavener ever wrote for Cappella Nova, Resurrection.
It also features nine premiere recordings including A Buddhist Miniature, commissioned to celebrate Cappella Novaís thirtieth anniversary in 2012, A Cradle Song and O that we were there!
A brand new commission in memory of Tavener from his pupil and friend Ivan Moody, O isplendour, also receives its premiere here.
Ikon of the Nativity and Tavenerís mesmerising and atmospheric Christmas hymn, The Lamb, with its beautiful simplicity and lush harmonies, lend a timely seasonal feel to the programme.
Cappella Nova is famous for its performances of contemporary music (The Guardian), having commissioned and premiered more than 90 new works including James MacMillan's cantata for Holy Week, Seven Last Words from the Cross (1994).
Cappella Nova has an unrivalled reputation as champions of Scotlandís unique treasury of early vocal music.
Highlights over the past thirty years include winning a Glenfiddich Living Scotland award for their ground-breaking performances of Scottish early music and performing in the presence of The Queen.
Cappella Novaís previous recordings, Tenebrae and Who are these Angels? were both named Gramophone Choice; the latter as well as Alpha & Omega also received several five star reviews.
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