Gavin Bryars: After the Requiem

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
After the Requiem continued Gavin Bryars' journey away from the more experimental work that made his reputation early in his career toward pieces possessing a more melancholic and romantic quality. In two of the works herein, "The Old Tower of Lobenicht" and "Allegrasco," one can hear echoes of his brilliant composing on the Hommages album. But where the romantic elements were stricter and more crystalline on the prior effort, here there is an expansiveness that sometimes succeeds and at other times verges on kitsch. Guitarist Bill Frisell performs on three of the four compositions, but his creamy, sustained chords tend to sound somewhat bland and occasionally subvert ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
After the Requiem continued Gavin Bryars' journey away from the more experimental work that made his reputation early in his career toward pieces possessing a more melancholic and romantic quality. In two of the works herein, "The Old Tower of Lobenicht" and "Allegrasco," one can hear echoes of his brilliant composing on the Hommages album. But where the romantic elements were stricter and more crystalline on the prior effort, here there is an expansiveness that sometimes succeeds and at other times verges on kitsch. Guitarist Bill Frisell performs on three of the four compositions, but his creamy, sustained chords tend to sound somewhat bland and occasionally subvert some otherwise very attractive melodic material. The standout track is a saxophone quartet number, "Alaric I or II," featuring the surprising presence of Evan Parker. In fact, Bryars' earliest musical ventures were as a member of the British free improvisation community, so the inclusion of Parker has some historical background. The composition is a very enjoyable melange of minimalist technique and references to Gershwin that manages to cohere into a satisfying whole. Fans of Bryars' more substantial work from the '70s or his improvising skills in groups like Joseph Holbrooke may find After the Requiem a little too sweet for their tastes, while listeners who are looking for something a bit meatier than Arvo Part or Henryk Gorecki may find their appetite satisfied.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 042284753715
  • Catalog Number: 8475371
  • Sales rank: 67,125

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gavin Bryars Primary Artist, Bass
Evan Parker Soprano Saxophone
Stan Sulzmann Soprano Saxophone
Martin Allen Percussion
Julian Arguelles Baritone Saxophone
Alexander Balanescu Violin, Viola
Bill Frisell Electric Guitar
Tony Hinnigan Cello
Kate Musker Viola
Ray Warleigh Alto Saxophone
Roger Heaton Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Dave Smith Piano, Tenor Horn
Simon Limbrick Percussion
Dave Smith Piano, Tenor Horn
Dave Smith Piano, Tenor Horn
Anthony Hinnigan Cello
Julian Argulles Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Gavin Bryars Liner Notes
Manfred Eicher Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug Engineer
Steve Lake Liner Notes
Dieter Rehm Cover Design
Jim Bengston Cover Photo
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