Naxos has released its first ever Audio Book of a living composer, and to choose John Tavener was no mistake. A composer of international repute - who in 2004 celebrates his 60th year - deserves a celebration in this form. Here, two CDs of music and interview are accompanied by an extensive essay by David McCleery looking at Tavener's life and music. A wide range of his output can be heard on this disc, from extracts of the ever-popular The Protecting Veil to Ikon of Eros, and several choral and chamber works, including the premiere recording of Prayer of the Heart, performed by Björk and the Brodsky Quartet. Numerous other performers bring the disc alive including The Sixteen, Patricia Rozario, Tenebrae and The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. To buy it visit www.amazon.com, or visit your local CD retailer.