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Song for Athene

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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


Allegri: Miserere
Studio Master: SIGCD085Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Naked Byrd, Vol. 1
SIGCD180Download only
Tavener: Angels & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68255Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Tavener: Missa Wellensis & other sacred music
Studio Master: SIGCD442Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
This is the day
COLCD136Download only


Track 7 on CDA68255 [5'52]
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

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD442 track 12

Recording date
7 May 2015
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Mike Cox
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  1. Tavener: Missa Wellensis & other sacred music (SIGCD442)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: August 2016
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