I'd been ill since the start of the week so i wasn't able to make it to taraweeh prayers until Friday night. Not exactly the start to Ramadan that i was hoping for, but there are still 26 days to gain reward from.
Over the years i've found that the best Imams to pray taraweeh behind are the trained Imams who are ethnically Arab. Since they've grown up speaking the language of the Qur'an, their recitation has all the correct inflections, and the emphases are made in all the right places. A great example is the Egyptian Imam who is leading at East London Mosque this year. It really is a joy to pray behind him and if anyone is able to make it there I really recommend that you head out there one evening.
The worst recitors are the desi Imams in most Hanafi mosques here who don't understand Arabic. Their sole aim seems to be to finish their recitation and get the hell out of the mosque as quick as possible. The recitation combines between bad tajweed and being incomprehensible and unfortunately tonight i found myself behind one such Imam. After two rak'aat i was thinking, what the hell am i doing here? It wasn't a pleasure to listen the recitation because it was going at 100mph, and because it was so fast, i couldn't understand what he was reading - and I'm talking about parts of the Qur'an i've memorised. I'm not going to be praying taraweeh at that mosque again. But i am looking forward to visiting the Moroccan Mosque in Ladbroke Grove to pray behind the Imam who follows the recitation of Warsh. I'll extract a portion of his recitation from a couple of years ago and stick it up here later.
Update: Here is the promised audio clip [~3 Mb]