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Threnos (Lament) for solo cello was composed late in 1990, for Steven Isserlis. The title, Tavener writes, ‘has both liturgical and folk significance in Greece—the Threnos of the Mother of God sung at the Epitaphios on Good Friday and the Threnos of mourning which is chanted over the dead body on the house of a close friend.’ Tavener wrote his Threnos to commemorate the death of a close friend.

from notes by Michael J Stewart © 2017


Britten, Bryars & Tavener: Around Britten
Studio Master: SIGCD318Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Tavener & Panufnik (R): 99 Words & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD519Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 20 on SIGCD318 [7'12] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD519 [6'24] Download only

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