Tavener - Ex Maria Virgine
A Christmas Sequence for Choir and Organ
James McVinnie (organ), Stefan Berkieta (baritone), Simon Thomas Jacobs (organ)
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Timothy Brown
Admired for the sheer beauty of his meditative and mystical music, John Tavener writes of his Ex Maria Virgine, which was dedicated to HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in joyful celebration of their marriage: “I have set both familiar and less well known texts, and linked them with an expanding and contracting phrase ‘Ex Maria Virgine’. This refers to Mary the Mother of God—‘The Eternal Feminine’—and should be sung with great radiance and femininity.”
The other, mainly unaccompanied, works reveal Tavener’s response to various poetic texts that also praise the Virgin Mary.
John Rutter is the producer, editor and engineer on this disc.
“The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge is secure and precise, delivering the text with excellent diction… Strong direction from Timothy Brown.” BBC Music Magazine
Tavener: A Nativity
Tavener: Birthday Sleep
Tavener: Ex Maria Virgine
Tavener: O Thou Gentle Light
Tavener: O, do not move