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Brian Elias: The House That Jack Built / A Talisman / Doubles, Tim Mirfin, bass

> A Talisman - A Talisman
> The House that Jack Built - The House that Jack Built
> Doubles - I. —
> Doubles - II. —
> Doubles - III. —
> Doubles - IV. —
> Doubles - V. —
> Doubles - VI. —

Album Summary

>Elias, Brian : The House That Jack Built, for orchestra
>Elias, Brian : A Talisman, for voice, trumpet & orchestra
>Elias, Brian : Doubles, for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The bold and dazzlingly inventive The House That Jack Built was inspired by the games and jeers of the playground. It is coupled with the elaborate, intense Doubles (a large orchestral work commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and A Talisman, for bass-baritone and small orchestra based upon Hebrew text inscribed on a 19th century amulet intended to protect against the Evil Eye. 'Purely as psychodrama, The House is gripping. But what makes it really memorable is the clarity and vigor of Elias's orchestral writing. Humming throughout with perky rhythms, never cluttered, and full of imaginative ideas (including the 21st-century equivalent of the Pizzicato Polka), it struck me as among the best things that the 53-year old composer has penned.' - The Times.

The Guardian
These substantial, gutsy yet fastidious pieces, written between 2001 and 2009, attest a formidable mastery of the orchestra. Their manner and content are mostly turbulent, their craft imperturbable...The performances bring out the rich dark colours of Elias's imagination.



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Works Details

>Elias, Brian : The House That Jack Built, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elias, Brian : A Talisman, for voice, trumpet & orchestra
  • Performers: Jonathan Holland (Trumpet); Timothy Mirfin (Bass)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale (01/27/2011-01/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elias, Brian : Doubles, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary