Here the Choir under Timothy Noon ranges from Gregorian Chant to the 20th Century via Palestrina, Byrd, Monteverdi and Bruckner to Herbert Howells and John Taverner
's A Hymn to the Mother of God.
The evening will include music by Robert Fayrfax and John Taverner
, and will be narrated by RSC actor Jeffery Dench.
Nowadays, however (also given this season's other choral premieres by John Taverner
and resident composer Kenneth Hesketh ), there appears to be a requirement to find yourself an unknown (preferably eastern) mystical poet to feature in a multi-lingual libretto, plus an array of ethnic percussion.
Around 1510 or 1520, when John Taverner
wrote his now-famous parody mass on the popular song "The Westron Wynde," the practice of using a popular melody as the cantus firmus for a Mass settting had yet to gain a real foothold in England, although it was already widespread in continental Europe.
Originally commissioned by Symphony Hall to launch its 2002-3 season, the world premiere of Sir John Taverner
's Tribute to Cavafy finally takes place there tomorrow night, a mere four years late.
In Excelsis is a deeply moving record that bridges the gap between ritualistic 16th-century composers like John Taverner
and 20th-century minimalists like John Tavener and Giles Swayne.
Concurrently with the Eton set, The Sixteen continue their cycle of discs devoted to John Taverner
's sacred music, of which this Western Wynde Mass is the fifth to date.
Young composers were asked to write a new piece with The Tallis Scholars in mind, taking as their starting point a theme from a piece by the English 16th Century composer John Taverner
The city's Renaissance Music Group will perform a programme of the Tudor composer's works, framed by pieces by Thomas Tallis and John Taverner
The first, which is sold out, is on February 28, when the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs John Taverner
By opening the disc with John Taverner
's majestic votive antiphon Ave Dei Patris filia, the group demonstrates both its unwillingness to be cowed by tremendous technical demands and its ability to communicate powerfully the emotional depth of Taverner's music; the sopranos' almost effortless handling of this work's bruising tessitura is particularly noteworthy, and helps make this performance a deeply moving tour de force.
In this case, director Peter Phillips chose all Latin texts, suggesting uniformity, but conversely, he also spanned a range of styles from John Taverner
's preReformation Leroy Kyrie, serene and seamless, to Tallis' more homophonic, earthbound textures in two mature works, while excluding simpler, vernacular items that could have provided yet further diversity.