2158 The Whale – John Tavener (1970)

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The Whale.

The Whale is a dramatic cantata written by English composer John Tavener. John Tavener composed the piece in 1966. The Whale has eight sections: Documentary, Melodrama and Pantomime, Invocation, The Storm, The Swallowing, The Prayer, In The Belly, and The Vomiting. The Whale was premiered at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1968. It was recorded at the Church Of St. John The Evangelist in  Islington, London in July 1970. The recorded version was performed by The London Sinfonietta conducted by David Atherton. Ringo Starr was present during the recording and provided some dialogue and percussion.The recording  was produced by Michael Bremner. Ringo Starr signed John Tavener to Apple Records in 1970 and The Whale was released as his debut release on the label. It was later re-released in 1977 on Ringo Starr’s record label, Ring ‘O Records.

Tracklist
Side 1
1) The Whale (Part One)
Side 2
1) The Whale (Part Two)

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