The interminably sanctimonious veil

'The whole concert consisted of music by living composers based in the south-west of England. The "classic" was John Tavener's The Protecting Veil, sounding as interminably sanctimonious as ever, though the fine cello cellist Maria Kliegel generated the right kind of reverential intensity.'

Andrew Clement's review of Marin Alsop's Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert in today's Guardian.

See whether you agree with Andrew Clements, and hear two other worthwhile works by living composers by listening to the BBC Radio 3 concert webcast tonight (6 Feb) at 19.30h GMT, or for seven days after that on the 'Listen Again' service. Hear is the programme:

Stephen McNeff: Secret Destinations (world premiere)
John Tavener: The Protecting Veil
Jonathan Lloyd: Symphony No 4 (Pliable, this symphony is an excellent work, I have the NMC CD made by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (sleeve to right) made in 1998. It does show the challenge facing contemporary composers, Marin Alsop's performance is the only concert outing since the 1988 Proms premiere for this first-rate work.)

Image credit - Portrait of John Tavener from , Lloyd's Fourth Symphony CD NMC.
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