This review by David Baker appeared in the August-October 2006 issue of Organ, p.59

This is a reworking by the composer of his ‘mystical love song’, settings of Christian, Judaic and Islamic texts that reflect on the place that once brought religions together and now is a symbol of their separation. The version is that performed by the Choir of London on their visit to the Middle East in 2004. What can I say about this glorious, passionate, soulful and sad music, so wonderfully performed? This is Tavener at his very best, and I defy anyone remotely interested in contemporary serious music not to be moved and engaged by it, from beginning to end. Soloists, choir, orchestra and conductor are to be congratulated on a first-class interpretation. If only the music could bring about the reconciliation of the three faiths, as lamented over Jerusalem. Perhaps one day it will.


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Lament for Jerusalem: review