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Gavin Bryars: Heroes Meet

Album Summary

>Bryars, Gavin : From Egil's Saga, for bass, chorus, chamber orchestra & optioanl electronics
>Bryars, Gavin : Il Hitt Blinda Lidid (The Company of the Blind), for chorus, guitar & double bass
>Bryars, Gavin : Tróndur í Gotu, for soprano, bass, chorus & chamber orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

For the last 12 years Gavin Bryars has developed a strong and very special relationship with the Faroe Islands, and has undertaken a number of projects there. The first connection came about when he met the operatic bass Runi Brattaberg, who sang in Bryars' third opera G in Mainz, and who is the only classical singer to come from the Faroe Islands. This led to a new piece, From Egil's Saga, for bass voice and chamber orchestra, which sets old Icelandic saga poetry. Included in the piece are fragments of the music that the composer and singer recorded in various locations on the Faroes, most notably, in the magnificent cathedral-like sea cave of the island of Hestur. Subsequently Bryars was asked to write another piece with chamber orchestra, this time to celebrate the Faroese hero Tróndur of Gøtu. This is for two solo voices, Rúni Brattaberg and the beautiful Faroese singer/composer Eivør Palsdottir, who was later to sing the title role in the premiere of Bryars' fourth opera Marilyn Forever. Eventually both pieces were performed and recorded in the Nordic House, Tórshavn, for this album and a short choral setting of one of the first modern Faroese poets Christian Matras was subsequently added for the choir.



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Works Details

>Bryars, Gavin : From Egil's Saga, for bass, chorus, chamber orchestra & optioanl electronics
  • Performer: Rúni Brattaberg
  • Conductor: Gavin Bryars
  • Running Time: 32 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bryars, Gavin : Il Hitt Blinda Lidid (The Company of the Blind), for chorus, guitar & double bass
  • Performers: Olavur Jakobsen (Guitar); Agnar Lamhauge (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Leif Hansen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Bryars, Gavin : Tróndur í Gotu, for soprano, bass, chorus & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavin Bryars
  • Running Time: 26 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2010