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Three Shakespeare Sonnets


This commission was supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Iceland and is dedicated to Hilmar Örn Agnarsson and the South Iceland Chamber Choir. The work was first performed by the South Iceland Chamber Choir at Southwark Cathedral, London, on 15 November 2013.

This set of Three Shakespeare Sonnets was one of the first works that I composed after serious illness in 2007. I wanted to pay tribute to my wife, Maryanna, who nursed me back to some degree of health, so I turned to the Shakespeare Sonnets. I was delighted to find that they brought forth music once again, after I had been silent for so long.

from notes by John Tavener © 2017


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


Sonnet III: Look in thy glass
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Track 3 on SIGCD519 [4'07] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD519 track 3

Sonnet III: Look in thy glass
Recording date
1 April 2017
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Tavener & Panufnik (R): 99 Words & other choral works (SIGCD519)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2017
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