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Tansy Davies: Spine / Samuel Boden, Joby Burgess, Simon Haram, Darragh Morgan, Huw Watkins

Audio Samples

>Davies, Tansy : Iris, concerto for saxophone & 15 instruments
>Davies, Tansy : Static, for voice & piano
>Davies, Tansy : Dark Ground, for solo percussion
>Davies, Tansy : Loure, for solo violin
>Davies, Tansy : Falling Angel, for 17 instruments
>Davies, Tansy : This Love, for voice & piano
>Davies, Tansy : Make Black White, for viol consort
>Davies, Tansy : Loopholes and Lynchpins, for piano
>Davies, Tansy : Spine, for 11 instruments

Album Summary

>Davies, Tansy : Iris, concerto for saxophone & 15 instruments
>Davies, Tansy : Static, for voice & piano
>Davies, Tansy : Dark Ground, for solo percussion
>Davies, Tansy : Loure, for solo violin
>Davies, Tansy : Falling Angel, for 17 instruments
>Davies, Tansy : This Love, for voice & piano
>Davies, Tansy : Make Black White, for viol consort
>Davies, Tansy : Loopholes and Lynchpins, for piano
>Davies, Tansy : Spine, for 11 instruments
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new recording includes make black white, a reconstruction of Dowland's Flow, My Tears performed by viol consort Concordia; the ritualistic Dark Ground for percussion (Joby Burgess); Loopholes and Lynchpins, a reworking - or unraveling even - of Scarlatti's keyboard sonata (Huw Watkins) and the title work, spine, performed by the ensemble Azalea, inspired by the composer's interest in trilobites: ancient creatures of the Paleozoic era.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
The performances are as authoritative as expected from the calibre of soloists and ensembles involved, not least Samuel Boden and Huw Watkins in the two songs after Nick Drake.

The Guardian, 23rd August 2012
Her music is at its most compelling when it creates vivid textures, drawing on rock and pop idioms to give it edge and pungency; when it's pared down, as in the three songs here, or in the solo works for piano, violin and percussion, it loses a dimension...There's no mistaking the sensibility at work, nor the inventiveness and physicality that are so distinctive.



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Works Details

>Davies, Tansy : Iris, concerto for saxophone & 15 instruments
  • Performer: Simon Haram (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Christopher Austin
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 14 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2004
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Davies, Tansy : Static, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Samuel Boden
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009-2010

>Davies, Tansy : Dark Ground, for solo percussion
  • Performer: Joby Burgess (Percussion)
  • Notes: Coombehurst Studio, University of Kingston, Kingston-uopn-Thames (09/12/2011-09/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Davies, Tansy : Loure, for solo violin
  • Performer: Darragh Morgan (Violin)
  • Notes: Coombehurst Studio, University of Kingston, Kingston-uopn-Thames (09/12/2011-09/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Davies, Tansy : Falling Angel, for 17 instruments
  • Conductor: Christopher Austin
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 16 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Davies, Tansy : This Love, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Samuel Boden
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009-2010

>Davies, Tansy : Make Black White, for viol consort
  • Ensemble: Concordia (Viol Consort)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Davies, Tansy : Loopholes and Lynchpins, for piano
  • Performer: Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Davies, Tansy : Spine, for 11 instruments
  • Conductor: Christopher Austin
  • Ensemble: Azalea Ensemble
  • Notes: Coombehurst Studio, University of Kingston, Kingston-uopn-Thames (09/12/2011-09/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001