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Gavin Bryars (b.1943)

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Bryars, Skempton, Pärt

Bryars, Skempton, Pärt


Bryars:

The Porazzi Fragment

Ennelina's Aria from G

Epilogue from G

Pärt:

Wenn Bach Beinem Gesuchtet Hatte

Skempton:

Lento


Anna Fraser (soprano) & Alex Knight (baritone)

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Gavin Bryars

Gavin Bryars conducts the Adelaide Symphony orchestra in works by himself, including two arias from his opera ‘G’, and by Arvo Pärt and Howard Skempton. It’s the first issued recording of Gavin Bryars as orchestral conductor.

Gavin Bryars was guest composer at the 2015 Adelaide International Festival where he gave many performances including a concert which he conducted at Adelaide Town Hall. This recording presents its first half, featuring orchestral works, some almost like large-scale chamber pieces, with links to Wagner and Bach. “I also included works by two friends, Howard Skempton and Arvo Pärt who, perhaps like me, have emerged in a new and different way from a relatively obscure past.”

Howard Skempton’s Lento (1990) was commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra to precede a performance of Wagner’s prelude to Parsifal and uses the same instrumentation while If Bach had been a Beekeeper (1976) by Arvo Pärt uses the well-known musical spelling of Bach’s name B A C H (the notes B flat-A-C-B natural) but here, rather than as an overt theme, this appears in the constant ‘buzzing’ of tremolo strings. Bryars’ The Porazzi Fragment (1999) for 21 solo strings originates in an enigmatic, and unpublished, 13 bar musical theme by Wagner that he reportedly played on the piano the night before he died in February 1883 in Venice.

The full title of G, Bryars’ third opera is “G, being the confession and last testament of Johannes Gensfleisch, also known as Gutenberg, Master Printer, formerly of Strasbourg and Mainz”. The first act of the opera is set in Strasbourg, where Gutenberg developed his technology, and the second in Mainz, where he ultimately produced his printing. The extracts here are Ennelina’s Aria in which G’s former fiancée prophesises his eventual ruin, and the Epilogue wherein a benign G, now singing from beyond the grave some 600 years after the event, muses on his achievement and asks, now that the print era he inaugurated is over, to be left in peace.

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Bryars: A Listening Room (Chambre d’écoute)

Bryars: A Listening Room (Chambre d’écoute)


Gavin Bryars, Dave Smith, Roger Heaton & Chris Ekers

Members of the Oiron village band

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Bryars: A Man in a Room, Gambling

Bryars: A Man in a Room, Gambling


Yukio Fujishima (narrator)

Balanescu Quartet

A Man in a Room, Gambling is a 1992 collaboration between Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz and composer Gavin Bryars. Created as a series of ten, five-minute programs for broadcast on the BBC, A Man in a Room, Gambling aired, in accordance with Muñoz' concept, "like the weather forecast." Each five-minute "episode" features the foreground element of Muñoz reading a text describing how to perform subtle, unnoticeable card tricks during a poker game to put the edge in your favor. In the background, Bryars' lonely, black and white music, as played by the Balanescu String Quartet, deftly follows the action described in Muñoz's texts, accenting the mood but never intruding. Some understanding of Muñoz's work as a sculptor does not hurt comprehension of A Man in a Room, Gambling -- his realistic, human figures stand silent in an odd juxtaposition to one another, evoking an alienated stillness that is disquieting, yet calm. This recording represents the same mood almost exactly -- the notion of a man, alone in a dark room practicing card tricks over and over again, with the realization that the tricks are only effective if they are executed in a way that is imperceptible.

A selection of five pieces from A Man in a Room, Gambling was originally issued as a Point Music release that disappeared from sight almost as quickly as one of Muñoz's playing cards. Muñoz died suddenly in 2001, and the continued availability of this important cycle of work became an issue, in part prompting Bryars to get into the record business with his own GB Records. This disc restores A Man in a Room, Gambling to its full cycle of ten pieces, and stands as an appropriate homage to the tremendous artistic talent that Muñoz was. This will not be a disc that one will use for housecleaning, dining, or getting up in the morning, but as an alternative to reading or watching television late at night. A Man in a Room, Gambling is a wonderful and unique experience.

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Bryars: Biped

Bryars: Biped


Sophie Harris (cello), James Woodrow (guitar), Gavin Bryars (keyboards/bass), Takehisa Kosugi (violin/percussion)

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Bryars - Epilogue from Wonderlawn

Bryars - Epilogue from Wonderlawn


Bryars:

Epilogue from Wonderlawn

Eight Irish Madrigals

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The Church Closest to the Sea

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Mr McFall's Chamber

The double bass has always been close to Gavin Bryars' heart. His own instrument, it has also featured strongly in his music for other players - as in The Church Closest to the Sea, written for Mr McFall's Chamber and their bassist Rick Standley. Bryars' music straddles worlds: classical and jazz, composition and improvisation, the works on this disc moving between the lushly sensuous and the coolly laid-back as they meditate on geographical and emotional borderlands. Mr McFall's Chamber began in 1996 as a string quartet of players from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which took to playing nightclubs in an attempt to woo a younger audience.Over the past 10 years the group has grown to include a pianist and bass player, as well as a succession of drummers, percussionists, singers and guest instrumentalists, and which plays a range of music from tango through jazz and rock to contemporary classical, taking in quite a lot besides. Recent projects include work the Big Tent Festival, Falkland, Fife in July.

"He allows you to witness new wonders in the sounds around you by approaching them from a completely new angle" Michael Ondaatje on Gavin Bryars

"I believe the group - in what it does, and in what it represents - is potentially the most important single development on the Scottish musical scene in a long time" The Herald, [on Mr McFall's Chamber]

“The inexorable ebb and flow in Bryars's music distils the sense of musical portraiture represented in The Church Closest to the Sea… There are moments of distilled beauty, too, in the earlier, Ave Maria-esque Epilogue from Wonderlawn. The work's calm veneer exposes at times a deeper restlessness, effectively communicated by Mr McFall's Chamber in a recording which brings out the very essence of Bryars's expressive voice.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

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Bryars - Glorious Hill

Bryars - Glorious Hill


 

Fammi cantar l’amor

(13th century)

Dammi conforto Dio

(13th century)

Bryars:

Lauda 22 'Fammi cantar l’amor'

Lauda 23 'Fammi cantar l’amor'

Glorious Hill

Lauda 24 'Dammi conforto Dio'

Cadman Requiem

Ešenvalds:

Légende de la femme emmurée

Vasks:

Ziles zina (The Message of the Titmouse)


Latvian Radio Choir, Kaspars Putnins & Sigvards Klava

“This is not only a musically distinguished, but also a cleverly plotted album. Contemporary and early works jostle and juxtapose. So one can marvel at the transcendent purity of Gavin Bryars’s depiction of God giving free will to mankind, then hear the shattering aftermath of that decision in his remembrance of the Lockerbie attack, Cadman Requiem...an eminently collectable disc, beautifully sung and recorded from first note to last.” Gramophone Magazine

“Gavin Bryars's music and the special qualities of the Latvian Radio Choir fit one another like hand and glove. And the glorious acoustic of Riga Cathedral lends its aura to his CadmanRequiem and two 13th-century chants (the latter chosen because they relate to, and effectively offset, the three Bryars Laude).
All this music has a restrained purity that never admits suspicions of opportunism, in the way some work in this spiritual minimalist field does.
There is more floridity to Eriks Ešenvalds's Legend of the Walled-up Woman, but this too feels like part of the natural voice of the music and its subject matter. Only in Peteris Vasks's Zilis zina does the impression surface of special effects for special effects' sake. And even that can be taken as an effective vehicle for this remarkable choir to display the full range of its talents.
Bryars's 12-minute Glorious Hill, which lends its title to this generously filled disc, sets a marvellous Italian Renaissance text that imagines God addressing Adam as He confers free will on mankind. Even more powerful in its inspiration and consistent in its focus is the CadmanRequiem, composed in memory of a friend killed in the 1988 Lockerbie disaster. In this new version with organ rather than strings or viols, the music is utterly gripping, and affinities with the Fauré Requiem stand out in ways not previously registered. Overall then, an eminently collectable disc, beautifully sung and recorded from first note to last.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2008

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Bryars: Lockerbie Memorial Concert

Bryars: Lockerbie Memorial Concert


Bryars:

Incipit Vita Nova

Fretwork

In Nomine (after Purcell)

Fretwork

First Book of Madrigals: I. Stormy

The Hilliard Ensemble

First Book of Madrigals: II. Web

The Hilliard Ensemble

First Book of Madrigals: III. Almond Tree

The Hilliard Ensemble

Cadman Requiem

Fretwork

Busnois:

In hydraulis

The Hilliard Ensemble

Gombert:

Salve regina (‘Diversi diversa orant') 4vv

The Hilliard Ensemble

Jenkins, J:

Pavan a 6 No. 2 in F major

Fretwork

Purcell:

Six-Part In Nomine in G minor, Z746

Fretwork


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Bryars: Nothing Like The Sun

Bryars: Nothing Like The Sun


Prologue

Sonnet 60A

Sonnet 60B

Sonnet 123A

Sonnet 123B

Sonnet 128A

Sonnet 128B

Sonnet 94A

Sonnet 94B

Sonnet 102A

Sonnet 102B

Sonnet 146A

Sonnet 146B

Sonnet 55A

Sonnet 55B

Sonnet 64A

Sonnet 64B


Peyee Chen (soprano), John Potter (tenor), Gavin Friday (speaking voice), Anna Coleman (bass clarinet/clarinet), James Woodrow (electric/acoustic guitar), Rebecca Lagos (percussion), Roland Peelman (piano), Morgan Goff (viola), Imants Larsens (viola), Nick Cooper (cello), Gavin Bryars (double bass)

Recorded live in Adelaide in 2015, this album consists of Gavin Bryars’ settings of Shakespeare sonnets with singers John Potter and Peyee Chen and guest artist Gavin Friday as narrator, accompanied by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.

‘Nothing Like the Sun’ began life as a commission from Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2007. At the time Bryars had already produced four books of madrigals, chiefly of Petrarch. He says: “Shakespeare’s sonnets, like Petrarch’s, are full of wonderful technical subtlety and although the form of the Shakespeare sonnet, with its three quatrains and a couplet, is different from Petrarch’s, this enabled me to arrive at a shape for the musical setting.”

“In selecting the works to set, I preferred to focus on those that are more philosophical, choosing sonnets that contrast the relative permanence of art against the impermanence of human life, that focus on ideas of memory, on the passage of time, and which, when dealing with love, do so in a more abstract way. I narrowed this down to eight sonnets: and each sonnet is set twice – first spoken within a musical accompaniment and then sung. These more abstract sonnets, reflecting as they do on concepts of impermanence and mortality, are inevitably pervaded with melancholy, a quintessentially Elizabethan quality.”

It is being released in Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year when there is a great deal of focus on this event.

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Bryars - On Photography

Bryars - On Photography


Bryars:

On Photography

(a setting of a 1867 Latin poem by Pope Leo XIII in praise of photography)

Three poems of Cecco Angiolieri

And so ended Kant's travelling in this world

Maskats:

Da ispravitsja molitva moja

Silvestrov:

Diptychon


Edgars Saksons (percussion), Janis Maleckis (piano) & Gavin Bryars (harmonium)

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava

“The choir's every bit as good as Bryars says it is, with a focused and clear yet wonderfully rich sound. The recordings, made in two churches in the Latvian capital Riga, are a marvel, capturing all the fine detail despite the vast echoing acoustic.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2006 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2006

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Bryars: The Sinking of the Titanic

Bryars: The Sinking of the Titanic

Recorded live on 2012 centenary tour


Philip Jeck (improvising turntablist), Quartet I: Nick Barr, Morgan Goff (viola), Nick Cooper (cello), Gavin Bryars (double bass), Quartet II: Alexandra Maria Tchernakova (viola), Orlanda Bryars (cello), Ziella Bryars (cello), Yuri Bryars (double bass), Roger Heaton (bass clarinet), Dave Smith (tenor horn, keyboard, woodblocks), James Woodrow (electric guitar), Martin Allen (percussion)

This live version of Gavin Bryars’ seminal work The Sinking of the Titanic is regarded by the composer as “the definitive performance”, made with his ideal choice of musicians. It was recorded on the Gavin Bryars Ensemble’s tour in 2012, the centenary year of the disaster.

It brings together in one performance elements that have appeared separately in the various versions that precede it: the inclusion of the improvising turntablist Philip Jeck; the presence of a second quartet of low strings that consists of his four children; the faint allusion to Aphex Twin’s remix The Raising of the Titanic made shortly after the release of the 1994 recording; the water gong first used by percussionist Martin Allen towards the end of a performance on a raft at the shallow end of a renovated Art Nouveau swimming pool in Brussels...

Although there have been four previous recordings of The Sinking of the Titanic (and the original recording on Brian Eno’s Obscure label from 1975 is scheduled for re-release on GB Records), according to the composer this performance and recording is as near to a definitive one as there is ever likely to be.

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