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listen  1. The Lamb (Voice)Westminster Abbey Choir;Martin Neary 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Innocence (Voice)Westminster Abbey Choir;Martin Neary24:23Album Only
listen  3. The Tyger (Voice)Westminster Abbey Choir;Martin Neary 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Annunciation (Voice)Westminster Abbey Choir;Martin Neary 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. i. Hymn to the Mother of God (Voice)Westminster Abbey Choir;Martin Neary 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Two Hymns to the Mother of God: ii. Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God (Voice)Westminster Abbey Choir;Martin Neary 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Little Requiem for Father Malachy Lynch (Voice)Martin Neary10:54Album Only
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  • Performer: Patricia Rozario, Graham Titus, Alice Neary, Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Composer: John Tavener
  • Audio CD (October 31, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000002AUN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Innocence, the longest work here, is the least successful. The bulk of the piece is a catalog of cruelties inflicted by humankind on innocents--mostly children--set to harsh but generally monotonous music. But Patricia Rozario is spectacular in a three-octave solo part, and the ending, with an ethereal chorus and bells depicting the salvation awaiting suffering innocents, is magical. The shorter pieces are deservedly among Tavener's most famous. The gentle, beguiling The Lamb and the powerful Tyger, settings of poems by William Blake, make an ideal pair. (Where The Tyger's text alludes to The Lamb, Tavener quotes The Lamb's music to wonderful effect.) The two hymns to the Mother of God are models of reverent beauty; Song for Athene, made world-famous at Princess Diana's funeral, is spellbinding. --Matthew Westphal

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
John Tavener's "Innocence" offers listeners perhaps the broadest insight into the man and his music in the smallest and most convenient package. In this one CD, there is a sample of Tavener's large-scale style (the title work "Innocence" itself) as well as some of his finest smaller pieces (including the much-celebrated "The Lamb" and its less well-known but equally effective sequel, "The Tyger"). For those wishing to sample Tavener's command of the orchestra, there is the original version of his "Little Requiem for Father Malachy Lynch", and there is one track that everyone will be familiar with- "Song for Athene", the final piece of music at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997. It certainly is a varied programme, although certain themes (in particular Death) do crop up rather frequently. The choir seems to be right at home with just about every note and they are beautifully directed by Martin Neary- whose daughter Alice makes a special appearance as solo cellist in "Innocence". Patricia Rozario, the solo soprano (also in "Innocence"), shows here how spectacular contemporary soloists can be, negotiating a massive three-octave range with remarkable ease and purity of tone. As the notes say, it is only a pity in this recording that the theatricality of the piece cannot be conveyed fully- part of the impact of the piece lies in the fact that the solo tenor (representing Redeemed Humanity) is in a high gallery whilst the solo bass (representing Supplicant Humanity) is in a very subservient position "below" the rest of the choir.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I also purchased this disc for Song for Athene, which I feel to be one of the most intense, emotional pieces ever written. The rest of the album is thought-provoking and intriguing. Never before have I heard a composer use such an array of colors as in Innocence. Although harsh at times, the beauty of the soprano and the "choir of angels" nicely contrasts the overall darkness. The remainder of the album is listener friendly provided the understanding of Tavener's use of microtones, which at times could sound like poor intonation. Tavener's harmonies are incredible, and the performers do an exquisite job of capturing the listener's attention. To enjoy this disc, I suggest a dark,comfortable, candle-lit room with a high quality audio system. Not necessarily for the classical novice, but an amazing recording nonetheless
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1998
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I heard Song for Athene and I bought the CD just for that. It's one of the most moving choral pieces I've ever heard!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie C. Van Camp on September 27, 1998
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I bought this for Song for Athene, the achingly beautiful recessional at Princess Diana's funeral, but The Lamb is truly exquisite as well.
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