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Sailing to Byzantium

Christine Tobin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Trail Belle
  • ASIN: B0083PP1DU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. When You Are Old 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Lake Isle of Innisfree 1:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Song of Wandering Aengus 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Wild Swans at Coole 6:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Fisherman 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Pity of Love0:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Second Coming 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Constance Markievicz 6:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. What Then? 6:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sailing to Byzantium 5:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Byzantium 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Long-legged Fly 5:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The White Birds 1:420.99  Buy MP3 

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The award winning Irish singer-songwriter Christine Tobin is one of the UK's most richly expressive and original voices. Accompanied by guitarist Phil Robson and pianist Liam Noble she brings to life the lyrical magic of the poetry of Irish poet W.B. Yeats with her own euphonic and sensitive settings of twelve poems.

'Sailing to Byzantium' features a special guest, the renowned actor Gabriel Byrne, who reads three of the poems. Byrne's presence on the album is of special significance as he was her teacher when he led drama classes at the secondary school she attended in Dublin.

Poetry and music have always been of equal importance to Tobin, both as singer and composer. She was particularly drawn to the love poems such as When You Are Old, and also his poems that celebrate the transformative power of art and his desire to find a deeper spiritual truth, as in Sailing to Byzantium.

Christine debuted the album at the Southbank Centre during last year's London Jazz Festival and the reviewer on the London Jazz Blog said: "… every note felt inspired. With this Yeats material she really does deserve fulsome bouquets and acclaim."

Personnel: Christine Tobin (voice, piano - 2), Liam Noble (piano), Phil Robson (guitars), Gareth Lockrane (flutes), Kate Shortt (cello), Dave Whitford (bass), Special guest: Gabriel Byrne reads poems (2,6,13)


(4 stars) Impressive...Tobin's centre-stage recital of the title track is subtly nuanced and rich-toned, while Long Legged Fly displays her strengths at the opposite end of her's a labour of love, in the best sense. --The Guardian, (John Fordham), June 29, 2012

(4 stars) Tobin has created an unqualified masterpiece...discs of this stature are not common - this one is recommended unreservedly. --Jazzwise, (Peter Quinn), July 2012

Tobin has produced an utterly convincing work of art, imbued with taste, refinement and grace, but also - where required - considerable power...Musical settings of pre-existing poems frequently sound somewhat contrived; Tobin's great achievement is to make hers sound so natural and apt that one quickly forgets that the words and melodies were written separately, so absorbing are the resultant songs. --LondonJazzNews, (Chris Parker), June 21, 2012

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring Beauty 29 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
Having been a longtime lover of both Jazz and Yeats I approached this album with trepidation. However, within seconds it became clear that this is something very special indeed. First of all, unlike Mike Scott's relatively clumsy attempt to grapple with the extraordinary libretto on "An Appointment with Mr Yeats" Tobin has with her exceptionally talented group produced a work of enduring beauty. While the subject material is so (and rightly)celebrated Tobin and her ensemble approach with respect and not a little verve. Instead of being nervous and furtive there is a real brio and sense of space to work through and around Yeats magnificent words.

Another point to note is that the chamber jazz setting and Tobin's exquisite phrasing are decidedly European in their presentation. The inclusion of Tobin's former teacher Gabriel Byrne to narrate some of the work is inspired. While sometimes this device can backfire due to an over-egging or obvious fear of the subject matter, instead it is approached with obvious love with a narrative confidence which avoids the obvious.

This is a really wonderful potential portal to the world of Yeats and poetry. It is a fantastic opportunity for people who are reticent in approaching either jazz or poetry to get a sense of the enormous potential to open up both worlds of wonder at once and in such a life-affirming and enjoyable way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colour and timbre. 2 Nov 2013
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Knocked out by how much this makes poetry come alive for me. I have never been a great reader, and poetry remains mainly a mystery, but Christine really brings the words to life, giving an extra layer of meaning, adding colour and timbre in a way that relates more to painting. Impossible to single out any one track so listen to them all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing to Byzantium 9 Oct 2013
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A superb combination of jazz and the poetry that is arresting, and beautiful, and superbly accomplished. Tobin has a lovely voice and the musical arrangements are reminiscent of those favoured by Cassandra Wilson - spare, laid-back and perfect. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing to Byzantium 21 Sep 2012
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The power of this album lies in such considered words being delivered with so much authority. A fact that the excellent musicians and the knob-twiddlers have embraced. In an age of flimsy voices and scant lyrics, when confusion and over-production is used to conceal the lack of substance, this music is striking. How nice not to feel that the band and the producer have somehow got in front of the singer. The album as an art form is alive and well and living in Kent, apparently.
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