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Bryars: Cadman Requiem, Etc / Hilliard Ensemble, Fretwork


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Point Music   Catalog #: 462511   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Rogers Covey-CrumpSusanna PellDavid JamesJohn Potter,   ... 
Conductor:  Dave Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard EnsembleFretworkGavin Bryars Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album of vocal music is my favourite of all the Gavin Bryars recordings to have appeared up to now on Point Music. Like his British contemporary, Howard Skempton, Bryars is primarily concerned to let instruments and voices sound naturally, irrespective of the historical associations that these sounds may sometimes carry. When his music is as well performed and recorded as on this disc, it achieves a sense of power and inevitability that is rare in new music. The voice seems to suit Gavin Bryars's compositional approach. The very presence of a singer accords a subjective intensity that nicely complements the unwavering, dry-eyed clarity of Bryars's instrumental writing. Bryars says he attempts to write vocal material that will highlight Read more the unique character of each singer's voice and that all the vocal works are being performed on this recording by the specific singers he had in mind.

His writing for The Hilliard Ensemble does indeed reconstitute the characteristic four-part sound that is so well known from their PIirt recordings, but they are also given every opportunity to be appreciated as soloists. In composing the AcInan Songbook for the young British soprano Valdine Anderson, Bryars could almost have used Richard Strauss as a model, so expressive is his treatment of her highest tessitura. On the other hand, the blunt, even artless handling of the text and instrumental accompaniment is entirely typical of Bryars. It is this oblique mixture of understatement and expressive warmth that makes the work so original in conception. I was also very impressed by Cadman Requiem, which opens the album. Dedicated to the sound engineer Bill Cadman, who died in the Lockerbie aircrash in 1988, the piece was recorded with its two ensembles, Fretwork and The Hilliard Ensemble, facing each other. The resulting rich timbral blend, well captured by David Quinney in the main hall of Air Studios, makes for arresting listening. To sum up, a hauntingly beautiful album that, alongside ENO's production this year of Doctor Ox's Experiment. provides compelling evidence of the recent resurgence in Gavin Bryars's work.

-- Gramophone [2/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cadman Requiem by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Susanna Pell (Tenor Viola da gamba), David James (Countertenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Richard Campbell (Treble Vla da gamba), Wendy Gillespie (Treble Vla da gamba),
Julia Hodgson (Tenor Viola da gamba), Gordon Jones (Baritone), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba),
William Hunt (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  Fretwork
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989/1997 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Ver: 1997 
2.
Adnan Songbook by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Gavin Bryars (Double Bass), Roger Heaton (Bass Clarinet), Roger Heaton (Clarinet),
James Woodrow (Electric Guitar), James Woodrow (Guitar), Valdine Anderson (Soprano),
Bill Hawkes (Viola), Andrew Parker (Viola), Sophie Harris (Cello)
Conductor:  Dave Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Epilogue from Wonderlawn by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Orlanda Bryars (Cello), Gavin Bryars (Double Bass), Bill Hawkes (Viola),
James Woodrow (Guitar), Roger Heaton (Bass Clarinet), Ziella Bryars (Cello),
Sophie Harris (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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