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Tavener: Songs of the Sky; Martland, Watkins, Yarde, O'Regan / Britten Sinfonia

Album Summary

>Martland, Steve : Tiger Dancing, for strings
>Watkins, Huw : Dream, for violin, clarinet & piano
>O'Regan, Tarik : Raï, for chamber ensemble
>Yarde, Jason : Who Knows the Beauty?, for chamber ensemble
>Tavener, John : Songs of the Sky, for tenor, oboe & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

'Songs of the Sky' is the first in a new series of discs in collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia. How does music react when cultures collide? And what does it mean to speak of musical modernity in today's ever-changing artistic climate? This collection of five world premiere recordings, written especially for the Britten Sinfonia, explores the different guises of 21st century composition. Tarik O'Regan takes Arab dance music out of its traditional environment and explores its influence upon and absorption of non-Arab culture. Jason Yarde's 'Who knows the Beauty', uses freely experimental approaches to combine different sound worlds, scored for piano quintet and saxophone. Written in direct response to the deadly tsunami in 2004, John Tavener's 'Songs of the Sky' is a powerful memorial to those who died in the tragedy.



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>Martland, Steve : Tiger Dancing, for strings
  • Performers: Miranda Dale (Violin); Caroline Dearnley (Cello); Clare Finnimore (Viola); Joy Hawley (Cello); Beatrix Lovejoy (Violin); Catherine Musker (Viola); Jacqueline Shave (Violin); Warren Zielinski (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Watkins, Huw : Dream, for violin, clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Joy Farrall (Clarinet); Alina Ibragimova (Violin); Hugh Watkins (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>O'Regan, Tarik : Raï, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Adrian Bending (Percussion); Jeremy Cornes (Percussion); Michael Cox (Flute); Caroline Dearnley (Cello); Joy Farrall (Clarinet); Martin Outram (Viola); Sally Pryce (Harp); Jacqueline Shave (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Yarde, Jason : Who Knows the Beauty?, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Miranda Dale (Violin); Clare Finnimore (Viola); Joanna MacGregor (Piano); Jacqueline Shave (Violin); Jason Yarde (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tavener, John : Songs of the Sky, for tenor, oboe & piano
  • Performers: Nicholas Daniel (Oboe); Charles Daniels; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005