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Orchestral Works by Bryers, Skempton, Pärt; "Adelaide Festival of Arts 2015" / Gavin Bryars, Adalaide Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Skempton, Howard : Lento, for orchestra
>Bryars, Gavin : The Porazzi Fragment, for 21 solo strings
>Pärt, Arvo : Wenn Bach Bienen gezuchtet hatte, for wind quintet, piano, string orchestra & percussion
>Bryars, Gavin : G
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new release is the recording of the first part of the 2015 Adelaide International Festival. Lento, the first track, was commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra to precede a performance of Wagner's prelude to Parsifal and uses the same instrumentation. It consists of a sequence of major and minor triads and an implacably steady tempo, rather like Satie's Les Pantins Dansent. Most of Lento is scored for just strings with a central section for winds alone. Those familiar with Howard Skempton's work as a whole will recognize the same spirit, clarity of purpose and rigour that appears in his earliest works, though here transposed into a much grander environment. This release also features Gavin Bryars "The Porazzi Fragment," "Ennelina's Aria from 'G,'" and "Epilogue from G," as well as Arvo Part's "If Bach had Been a Bookkeeper."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Adelaide Town Hall (04/04/2015).



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Works Details

>Skempton, Howard : Lento, for orchestra
  • Performers: Anna Fraser (Voice); Alexander Knight (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gavin Bryars
  • Ensemble: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bryars, Gavin : The Porazzi Fragment, for 21 solo strings
  • Performers: Anna Fraser (Voice); Alexander Knight (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gavin Bryars
  • Running Time: 12 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Pärt, Arvo : Wenn Bach Bienen gezuchtet hatte, for wind quintet, piano, string orchestra & percussion
  • Performers: Anna Fraser (Voice); Alexander Knight (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gavin Bryars
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1976-1984
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bryars, Gavin : G :: Ennelina's
  • Performers: Anna Fraser (Voice); Alexander Knight (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gavin Bryars
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2001
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bryars, Gavin : G :: Epiloue
  • Performers: Anna Fraser (Voice); Alexander Knight (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gavin Bryars
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2001
  • Studio/Live: Live