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The Ones That Made Him Famous

The Protecting Veil

Steven Isserlis, LSO Virgin Classics VC 7 59052-2
The toast of the 1989 Proms.

Song For Athene

From Diana Princess of Wales's Funeral. Various Versions, try the Byzantia CD (Virgin Classics VC5453532), which is designed as an introduction to his music. An alternative version can be found on the Christmas Proclamation CD (Naxos 8.555256), which contains a number of other well known choral pieces, such as the Blake settings, and also has the advantage of being budget price.

The Whale

Apple CD SAPCOR 15
The first major work from 1968, on the Beatles' label. Very different from the above.


Highly Recommended

If you've collected all these, continue with the list. There are, however, a few to beware of:


These works are badly recorded and are of a liturgical nature, and so would probably not have too great an appeal to those who are not Orthodox.

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