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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 voice, 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: Warren Zielinski (Violin); Clare Finnimore (Viola); Catherine Musker (Viola); Jacqueline Shave (Violin); Beatrix Lovejoy (Violin); Caroline Dearnley (Cello); Joy Hawley (Cello); Miranda Dale (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

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

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

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

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