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Song for Athene

First line:
Alleluia
composer
1993
author of text
Hamlet
author of text
Orthodox Funeral Service

 
John Tavener (born 1944) composed Song for Athene in 1993 to commemorate the tragic death of actress Athene Hariades. The opening ‘Alleluia’ reflects Tavener’s devotion to the Eastern Orthodox faith and his fascination with its musical traditions while the quotation from the final scene of Hamlet, ‘flights of angels sing thee to thy rest’, brings Hariades’ profession to the foreground. The combined effect is of extreme simplicity and emotional purity. The work now serves as a duplex memorial having been performed as the recessional Hymn at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

from notes by M Ross © 2006

Recordings

Tavener: Angels & other choral works
CDA6825529 March 2019 Release
Allegri: Miserere
Studio Master: SIGCD085Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Naked Byrd, Vol. 1
SIGCD180Download only
Tavener: Missa Wellensis & other sacred music
Studio Master: SIGCD442Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
This is the day
COLCD136Download only

Details

Track 7 on CDA68255 [5'52] 29 March 2019 Release
Track 10 on COLCD136 [5'43] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD085 [6'11] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD180 [6'41] Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD442 [6'42] Download only

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