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November 12, 2013 | By David Ng
John Kenneth Tavener, the renowned British composer whose spiritual, religious-inspired music drew a diverse fan base that included the Beatles and Prince Charles, has died at age 69. Tavener died Tuesday at his home in Dorset, England, said his publisher, Chester Music. No cause of death was given, but Tavener had been living with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that contributed to his unusual height -- he stood 6 feet, 6 inches tall -- and also weakened his heart. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Tavener's ambitious pieces featured orchestral and choir compositions that were both haunting and emotional in nature.
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November 13, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
I don't own anything close to a complete John Tavener discography. But I do have a foot-high stack of his CDs that I happened to stumble over in a closet not long ago. It got me wondering, not for the first time, what to make of the British composer who, by strange coincidence, died at 69 on Tuesday. A lot of people over the years have wondered the same thing about Tavener's numinous music, with its flamboyant, exotic spirituality. Always wanting to weed out CDs, I first looked for some that could go. A few were still in shrink wrap; would I ever listen to them?
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November 13, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
I don't own anything close to a complete John Tavener discography. But I do have a foot-high stack of his CDs that I happened to stumble over in a closet not long ago. It got me wondering, not for the first time, what to make of the British composer who, by strange coincidence, died at 69 on Tuesday. A lot of people over the years have wondered the same thing about Tavener's numinous music, with its flamboyant, exotic spirituality. Always wanting to weed out CDs, I first looked for some that could go. A few were still in shrink wrap; would I ever listen to them?
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November 12, 2013 | By David Colker and David Ng
Composer John Tavener, whose works ranged from angry, dissonant cantatas to achingly beautiful choral works sung around the world during holidays, died Tuesday at his home in Child Okeford in southern England, according to his publisher, Chester Music. He was 69 and had been suffering from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that contributed to his towering height - he stood 6 feet 6 inches tall - and weakened heart. Tavener first came to fame with his raucous 1968 cantata "The Whale" that was so admired by John Lennon it was released on the Beatles' Apple record label.
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January 8, 1995 | Mark Swed, Mark Swed is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
When the mystical British composer John Tavener made a rare appearance in New York last year for a performance at Carnegie Hall of his cello concerto "The Protecting Veil," a large and curious crowd attended. The recording on Virgin of the work had become an international bestseller and was an outright sensation in London, practically on the order of Henryk Gorecki's Third Symphony. The work, rapt and reverential in tone, is long, static, repetitious.
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February 8, 2004 | Chris Pasles; Mark Swed
Anna Netrebko: Opera Arias Anna Netrebko, soprano. Wiener Philharmoniker. Gianandrea Noseda, conductor. (Deutsche Grammophon) *** Netrebko's strengths come out in the tragic roles of betrayed, abandoned or forgiven operatic heroines. Here she reprises Lucia's anguish in a powerful account of the fountain scene that, however, only suggests the dramatic intensity she showed in the role recently for Los Angeles Opera.
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July 11, 1993 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar. and
The popular success of Polish composer Henryk Gorecki's Third Symphony may be less a product of delayed reaction to the 1976 score than the shrewd manner in which Elektra Nonesuch has marketed this "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" for a general audience. A follow-up was inevitable. But it doesn't come from Elektra, which, no doubt, wouldn't allow self-competition while the Third Symphony still tops the charts. It comes, rather, from London's enterprising Argo subsidiary.
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April 27, 1997 | Josef Woodard
British composer Tavener has a keen interest in things ancient, melding new ideas with medieval sonorities. He converted to the Russian Orthodox Church 20 years ago and has since written music of often haunting simplicity and spiritual grace. Here, Isserlis proves a worthy and contemplative protagonist for the composer's designs. The title piece, "Svyati" (O Holy One), finds the cellist hovering around the Kiev Chamber Choir.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By David Colker and David Ng
Composer John Tavener, whose works ranged from angry, dissonant cantatas to achingly beautiful choral works sung around the world during holidays, died Tuesday at his home in Child Okeford in southern England, according to his publisher, Chester Music. He was 69 and had been suffering from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that contributed to his towering height - he stood 6 feet 6 inches tall - and weakened heart. Tavener first came to fame with his raucous 1968 cantata "The Whale" that was so admired by John Lennon it was released on the Beatles' Apple record label.
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June 30, 2003 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
As if for a red-eye flight, we were advised to arrive at Temple Church an hour early Friday night for the premiere of John Tavener's "The Veil of the Temple." Takeoff was at 10 p.m.; arrival was set for 5:30 the next morning. Within this numinous jumbo jet, some 150 singers and musicians and an audience of about 300 would take an all-night journey of the soul.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By David Ng
John Kenneth Tavener, the renowned British composer whose spiritual, religious-inspired music drew a diverse fan base that included the Beatles and Prince Charles, has died at age 69. Tavener died Tuesday at his home in Dorset, England, said his publisher, Chester Music. No cause of death was given, but Tavener had been living with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that contributed to his unusual height -- he stood 6 feet, 6 inches tall -- and also weakened his heart. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Tavener's ambitious pieces featured orchestral and choir compositions that were both haunting and emotional in nature.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2004 | Chris Pasles; Mark Swed
Anna Netrebko: Opera Arias Anna Netrebko, soprano. Wiener Philharmoniker. Gianandrea Noseda, conductor. (Deutsche Grammophon) *** Netrebko's strengths come out in the tragic roles of betrayed, abandoned or forgiven operatic heroines. Here she reprises Lucia's anguish in a powerful account of the fountain scene that, however, only suggests the dramatic intensity she showed in the role recently for Los Angeles Opera.
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June 30, 2003 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
As if for a red-eye flight, we were advised to arrive at Temple Church an hour early Friday night for the premiere of John Tavener's "The Veil of the Temple." Takeoff was at 10 p.m.; arrival was set for 5:30 the next morning. Within this numinous jumbo jet, some 150 singers and musicians and an audience of about 300 would take an all-night journey of the soul.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1997 | Josef Woodard
British composer Tavener has a keen interest in things ancient, melding new ideas with medieval sonorities. He converted to the Russian Orthodox Church 20 years ago and has since written music of often haunting simplicity and spiritual grace. Here, Isserlis proves a worthy and contemplative protagonist for the composer's designs. The title piece, "Svyati" (O Holy One), finds the cellist hovering around the Kiev Chamber Choir.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1995 | Mark Swed, Mark Swed is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
When the mystical British composer John Tavener made a rare appearance in New York last year for a performance at Carnegie Hall of his cello concerto "The Protecting Veil," a large and curious crowd attended. The recording on Virgin of the work had become an international bestseller and was an outright sensation in London, practically on the order of Henryk Gorecki's Third Symphony. The work, rapt and reverential in tone, is long, static, repetitious.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 1993 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar. and
The popular success of Polish composer Henryk Gorecki's Third Symphony may be less a product of delayed reaction to the 1976 score than the shrewd manner in which Elektra Nonesuch has marketed this "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" for a general audience. A follow-up was inevitable. But it doesn't come from Elektra, which, no doubt, wouldn't allow self-competition while the Third Symphony still tops the charts. It comes, rather, from London's enterprising Argo subsidiary.
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