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Davies:Troubairitz [CD]

Christopher Austin Audio CD
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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Tansy Davies
  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonclassical
  • ASIN: B004P96WUO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Intro - extract from What I Write NowAnna Snow & Damien Harron0:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. NeonAzalea Ensemble (Conducted by Christopher Austin)10:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Salt BoxAzalea Ensemble (Conducted by Christopher Austin)11:22£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. GreenhousesAzalea Ensemble (Conducted by Christopher Austin) & Anna Snow 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Inside Out 2Azalea Ensemble (Conducted by Christopher Austin) 6:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. What I Write NowAnna Snow & Damien Harron 3:10£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Secret WishesAnna Snow 1:28£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Since I RefusedAnna Snow & Damien Harron 3:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beloved FriendAnna Snow 1:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Now He Is GoneAnna Snow & Damien Harron 2:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. WinterAnna Snow & Damien Harron 2:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Walk AloneAnna Snow 3:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Grind Show (electric)Azalea Ensemble (Conducted by Christopher Austin) 6:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dirty Electronics / Geist FND RemixTansy Davies 3:14£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mira Calix Greenhouses RemixTansy Davies 3:14£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Tivannagh L'abbé Ligature RemixTansy Davies 4:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Gabriel Prokofiev Neon RemixTansy Davies 4:44£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Rolf Wallin Arabica Overdrive RemixTansy Davies 3:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Outro - extract from I Walk AloneAnna Snow0:21£0.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description


The first disc to be devoted to Tansy Davies's music is built around Troubairitz, her 2005 settings of Derek Mahon's translations of poems by women troubadours from 12th-century Provence. The cycle is an exercise in self-restraint as much as anything, because Davies's beautifully simple vocal lines are mostly unaccompanied, with added percussion in four of the seven songs. Their austerity and expressive flexibility seem far removed from the world of Davies's instrumental writing, in which influences from rock and jazz, as well as the usual canon of late 20th-century composers, is fused into a pungent musical language distinctly her own. Neon, from 2004, is the best known of the ensemble works here, its brittle sound-world bound by a mesh of riffs and ostinatos, while Inside Out 2, from 2003, is a more pared-down labyrinth of pulses and patterns, and in 2005's Salt Box an aura of electronic sound binds the sparer instrumental textures. A final group of remixes, by Mira Calix, Gabriel Prokofiev and Rolf Wallin and others, underlines Davies's wide-ranging roots.**** --Guardian,14/04/11

The full range of Tansy Davies's varied modernist interests is displayed on Troubairitz, from the title suite itself, a song-cycle based on 19th-century poems by women troubadours, sung here either a cappella or with minimal accompaniment by Anna Snow, to the more animated pieces such as "Inside Out 2", a brittle bricolage of pizzicato and percussion sounds, and "Grind Show", a musical evocation of a typically bleak, disturbing Goya painting, Pilgrimage of St Isadore, picked out in stalking piano, pizzicato and woodwind. Particularly impressive are "Neon", whose industrious staccato strings, woodwind, keyboard and percussion dart hyperactively hither and thither, like winking city lights --Independent,20/05/11

This disc, vividly recorded and succinctly annotated,can onlywin new admirers for Davies's music. --Gramophone,July'11

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5.0 out of 5 stars Davies - Troubairitz 1 Mar 2014
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I would recommend troubairitz to anyone who is serious about contemporary music. It's intelligent, innovative and, like Neon, is thoroughly enjoyable
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