Sea Images: The Best of David Fanshawe

Sea Images: The Best of David Fanshawe

     
 

British composer David Fanshawe is best known for African Sanctus, his combination of the Latin Mass with African music he taped during field trips. But this album, which he describes as 36 years in the making, demonstrates that his work has ranged far beyond that. In fact, if anything, the 25 tracks, nine of them performed by the David Fanshawe Ensemble, plusSee more details below

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British composer David Fanshawe is best known for African Sanctus, his combination of the Latin Mass with African music he taped during field trips. But this album, which he describes as 36 years in the making, demonstrates that his work has ranged far beyond that. In fact, if anything, the 25 tracks, nine of them performed by the David Fanshawe Ensemble, plus one a piano solo by the composer, make a case for him as a quintessential booster of his native country. This impression begins with the title, Sea Images, a reference to the first three tracks and the closing one, orchestral pieces in which Fanshawe, in quite traditional terms, celebrates Lord Nelson's naval victory at Trafalgar in 1805 (the opening track, "Trafalgar," and the closing track, a vocal version of the same music), and a reflection on Fanshawe's native region, "Dover Castle." There is also "Lament of the Seas," a piece of program music meant to evoke the tragic South Asian tsunami of late 2004, but it too is a fairly traditional composition. The album's second section, "Arabian Fantasy" (tracks four-seven), drawn from Fanshawe's album of the same name, does boast Egyptian recordings and Middle Eastern instruments, but with the opening burst of wah-wah guitar in "Sirocco" and plenty of synthesizer programming, it also has a contemporary Western tilt. "Film & Television" (tracks eight-eighteen) brings things back home in a big way, as Fanshawe provides music for some typically British productions such as the TV series Flambards, creating a lot of Old English sounds that might be heard in a country pub. With that lengthy introduction, the African Sanctus material that takes up the "Choral" section (tracks 19-22) comes more as an aural surprise than as the culmination of Fanshawe's work, and even here, as the title suggests, choral work tends to predominate. The "Finale" (tracks 23 and 24) consists of a couple of anthemic pieces before Lord Nelson re-enters at the close. Thus, in this convincing summary of Fanshawe's career, he comes off not so much as the earnest ethnomusicologist that he is often said to be, but rather as an essentially British composer with something of a 19th century "Age of Imperialism" tone (even if he was born in 1942) whose perspective never really leaves Blighty, even when he's tramping the far-flung reaches of the Empire, tape recorder in hand.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
Label:
Silva America
UPC:
0738572120528
catalogNumber:
1205

Tracks

  1. Trafalgar, sea image for orchestra
  2. Lament of the Seas: In Remembrance, sea image for chorus & orchestra
  3. Dover Castle: A Seascape, sea image for chorus & orchestra
  4. Sirocco: The Desert Wind
  5. Prelude
  6. Blues
  7. Arabian Fantasy
  8. Overture
  9. Mother and Child, serenata for orchestra
  10. Charabanc Ride
  11. River Thames Interlude
  12. Three Men in a Boat
  13. Opening and Closing Titles
  14. Main Theme
  15. Main Theme
  16. Dorothy's Theme
  17. The Good Companions
  18. A Dream of Life
  19. African Sanctus
  20. Kyrie: Call to Prayer
  21. The Lord's Prayer
  22. Dona nobis pacem: A Hymn for World Peace, for soprano soloist, chorus &
  23. Fanfare to Planet Earth, for orchestra
  24. Planet Earth Millennium March, for orchestra
  25. Trafalgar, sea image, version for chorus & orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Royal Ballet Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Fanshawe   Piano,Conductor
Ambrosian Singers   Choir, Chorus
Jack Brymer   Saxophone
Patrick Gowers   Organ
Skaila Kanga   Harp
John Morton   Ondes Martenot
Nic Raine   Conductor
Gavin Sutherland   Conductor
Marcus Dods   Conductor
David Fuest   Clarinet
Alex Glasgow   Tenor (Vocal)
Simone Rebello   Marimbas
London Saxophone Quartet   Ensemble
Royal Ballet Sinfonia   Performing Ensemble
African Sanctus Ensemble   Ensemble
Vasari Singers   Choir, Chorus
John H. Morton   Ondes Martenot
Jeremy Backhouse   Choir Director
Owain Arwel Hughes   Conductor
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Neville Creed   Conductor
David Fanshawe Ensemble   Ensemble
Emma Grainger   Harp
John O'Neale   Human Whistle
Nick Curtis   Tenor (Vocal)
Wilhelmenia Fernandez   Soprano (Vocal)
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Choristers of St. George's Chapel   Choir, Chorus
Paul Murphy   Conductor
Choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

David Fanshawe   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Peter J. Olliff   Engineering
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer,Engineering
Richard Scott   Mastering
John Luard Timperley   Engineering
Brian Kay   Liner Notes
Philip Lane   Producer
Phillips Sparke   Arranger
Peter Graham   Arranger
James Fitzpatrick   Producer
Naim Atallah   Executive Producer
Richard L. Scott   Mastering
William Bishop   Cover Painting
Jane Fanshawe   Producer
Rosemary Hill   Producer
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer
Alan Plater   Lyricist
Len Shorey   Engineering
Naim Attallah   Executive Producer
Douglas Young   Adaptation
Innes Lloyd   Producer
Adrian Stocks   Engineering

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