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Davies:Troubairitz 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: 325,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Women in Love: What I Write Now ? (excerpt)Anna Snow0:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. neonAzalea Ensemble10:11Album Only
Listen  3. Salt BoxAzalea Ensemble11:22Album Only
Listen  4. GreenhousesAzalea Ensemble 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. inside out 2Azalea Ensemble 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Women in Love: What I Write Now ?Anna Snow 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Women in Love: Secret WishesAnna Snow 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Women in Love: Since I RefusedAnna Snow 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Women in Love: Beloved FriendAnna Snow 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Women in Love: Now He Is GoneAnna Snow 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Women in Love: WinterAnna Snow 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Women in Love: I Walk AloneAnna Snow 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Grind Show (electric version)Azalea Ensemble 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Remixes: Dirty Electronics / Geist FND RemixTansy Davies 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Remixes: Mira Calix Greenhouses RemixTansy Davies 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Remixes: Tivannagh L'Abbe Ligature RemixTansy Davies 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Remixes: Gabriel Prokofiev Non-Dub RemixTansy Davies 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Remixes: Rolf Wallin Arabica Overdrive RemixTansy Davies 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Women in Love: I Walk Alone (excerpt)Anna Snow0:21£0.79  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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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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