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BBC R3 Choral Evensong from King’s, 23rd January 2014

John Furse

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Rather surprised that this http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03q5hb2 hasn’t merited a mention, yet. In my opinion, it should be ranked as one of the classics- and that’s even before one listens to it.


A respectful homage to the musical devotions of the (recently) late Sir John Tavener, it could hardly have included more of his music in the format of the service. Where Sir John had not composed something suitable, the substitutes were aptly chosen. The voluntary was by Messiaen- another deeply religious visionary able to conjure up both the abyss and the ecstasy of his faith.


I’m sure he would have approved: masterly ! Thank you, Mr C.

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