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Gavin Bryars: A Portrait
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By David B on 9 Jan. 2004
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The variety and scope of the different works presented here defy detailed analysis in a review of this scope. If you are not familiar with Bryars' work, give it a go! It is complex, varied and fascinating, and the pieces here are a very good selection. The soundworld is unusual and may 'stretch' your ear, but it is all accessible and most interesting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Amy Knight - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this CD primarily for tracks 2 - 9 on disc two, a collection of pieces called the Adnan Songbook. These songs are the poems of Etel Adnan, a poet born and raised in Beirut Lebanon, born to a Muslim Syrian father and a Christian Greek mother. British composer and musician Gavin Bryars set these 9 poems of hers to music. The words are sung by British lyric soprano Valerie Anderson. I heard these tracks in February 2009 on WGBH, Boston public radio and I was immediately mesmerized by the beauty of the music and the wonderfully clear, pure voice of Valerie Anderson. The works are haunting, beautiful, otherworldly and powerful. I recommend this disc, purely for those tracks, alone, with the highest praise I can give. Buy it!
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