Gavin Bryars: A Portrait

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New York Times - Paul Griffiths
It is late. Turn the lights low, sit back and relax. Such is the atmosphere of the music of the English composer Gavin Bryars, whose 60th birthday [in January 2003] is marked by [this] Philips release devoted largely to his works of the last decade. The tempos are slow, the general moods reflective and quiet, even somnolent. But this is also dangerous music. It can come out and grab you with sudden violence, or -- more often, and more insidiously -- lead you along pathways of sensuousness and reminiscence to places where trivial music has a beauty all its own.
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New York Times - Paul Griffiths
It is late. Turn the lights low, sit back and relax. Such is the atmosphere of the music of the English composer Gavin Bryars, whose 60th birthday [in January 2003] is marked by [this] Philips release devoted largely to his works of the last decade. The tempos are slow, the general moods reflective and quiet, even somnolent. But this is also dangerous music. It can come out and grab you with sudden violence, or -- more often, and more insidiously -- lead you along pathways of sensuousness and reminiscence to places where trivial music has a beauty all its own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/2002
  • Label: Philips Import
  • UPC: 028947329626
  • Catalog Number: 473296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 [1st Movement] - Gavin Bryars (9:12)
  2. 2 Più mosso - Gavin Bryars (4:52)
  3. 3 [2nd Movement] - Gavin Bryars (4:36)
  4. 4 [3rd Movement] - Gavin Bryars (2:04)
  5. 5 ("The Philosopher") - Gavin Bryars (2:09)
  6. 6 Poco meno mosso - Gavin Bryars (6:10)
  7. 7 ("Farewell") a tempo - Gavin Bryars (6:03)
  8. 8 Lento - Gavin Bryars (8:27)
  9. 9 Più mosso - Gavin Bryars (7:42)
  10. 10 Coda - Gavin Bryars (2:55)
  11. 11 Les Fiançailles - Gavin Bryars (18:45)
  12. 12 Les Fiançailles - Tom Waits (4:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Green Ray for saxophone & orchestra [DeDicated to John Harle and the Bo - Gavin Bryars (21:28)
  2. 2 Song I - Gavin Bryars (3:26)
  3. 3 Song II - Gavin Bryars (4:22)
  4. 4 Song III - Gavin Bryars (3:17)
  5. 5 Song IV - Gavin Bryars (1:35)
  6. 6 Song V - Gavin Bryars (4:04)
  7. 7 Song VI - Gavin Bryars (3:14)
  8. 8 Song VII - Gavin Bryars (3:12)
  9. 9 Song VIII - Gavin Bryars (5:31)
  10. 10 Titanic Lament (radio edit) - Gavin Bryars (4:07)
  11. 11 The North Shore, for viola, strings, piano (or harp) & percussion - Gavin Bryars (14:52)
  12. 12 Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet - Tom Waits (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gavin Bryars Double Bass
Tom Waits Vocals
Nexus Percussion Ensemble
Martin Allen Percussion
Caroline Dale Cello
English Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Miranda Fulleylove Violin
Julian Lloyd Webber Cello
Elisabeth Perry Violin, Leader
Sian Bell Cello
Roger Heaton Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Conductor
Bill Hawkes Viola
Harriet Davies Violin
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Andrew Parker Violin, Viola
Ivor Bolton Conductor
James Woodrow Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steve Warner Double Bass
Valerie Anderson Soprano (Vocal)
Gerald Kirby Percussion
Sophie Harris Cello
Nick Barr Violin, Viola
Dave Smith Piano, Conductor
James Judd Conductor
Bournemouth Sinfonietta Performing Ensemble
Edmund Coxon Violin
Dave Smith Piano
Zo Sosinska Violin
John Harle Saxophone
Patricia Calnan Violin
Gavin Bryars Ensemble Ensemble
Technical Credits
Paul Chessell Art Direction
Hugo Glendinning Cover Photo
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