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Gavin Bryars: A Portrait

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  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00007J4WD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cello Concerto (Farewell to Philosophy)
  2. One Last Bar, Then Joe Can Sing (for percussion ensemble)
  3. Les Fiançailles
  4. Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet – Single(with Tom Waits)

Disc: 2

  1. The Green Ray
  2. Adnan Songbook
  3. Titanic Lament (radio edit)
  4. The North Shore
  5. Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Single remix) (with Tom Waits)

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Format: Audio CD
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99e77ac8) out of 5 stars 1 review
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HASH(0x99e7dc84) out of 5 stars Adnan Songbook is hauntingly beautiful 10 April 2009
By Amy Knight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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