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   Gavin Bryars: The Last Days



Год издания : 1995

Компания звукозаписи : Argo

Время звучания : 1:12:50

Код CD : Argo 448175

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Classics (Modern Classics)      

"String Quartet No. 1" composed 1985, commissioned by the Vienna Festival for the Arditti Quartet. Dedicated to Hazel Davies.

"Die Letzten Tage" composed 1992 for Alexander Balanescu and Clare Connors for the opening of the exhibition The Last Days in Seville 1992.

"String Quartet No. 2" composed 1990, commissioned by the Huddersfield Festival and the Balanescu Quartet.

Recorded at the Maltings Hall, Snape, 1-14 March 1995, in the presence of the composer.

The Last Days consists of the title composition (a piece for two violins) and Bryars' "String Quartet No. 1" and "String Quartet No. 2." The first quartet (from 1985), previously recorded by the Arditti Quartet on the ECM release Three Viennese Dances, features sweeping, romantic melodic lines over minimalistically pulsing rhythms. Bryars' penchant for moody, melancholy ruminations is in full effect, though the final section, with its retuned strings entering airy harmonic territories, hints at sublime rapture. The basic material in "The Last Days" (1992) doesn't sound too different from the first quartet, though the work is broken into five portions, lending them more the quality of songs, even arias. However, the romantic surge is somewhat sublimated and a stately aura is almost achieved, which robs the music of greater emotional impact. The second string quartet begins where the first left off: in the upper atmosphere. It briefly settles into an enticingly turbulent give and take but soon reenters the general sound areas of the earlier work, replete with plaintive violin lines over those pulsating cellos. Some differences in technique are apparent, including the use of bottleneck slides, but the overall result, while not without its pleasures, seems to tread - and retread - too much water.

-Brian Olewnick (All Music Guide)


  Соисполнители :

Alexander Balanescu (Violin)
Bill Hawkes (Viola)
Clare Connors (Violin)
Nick Price (Cello)


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   1 String Quartet No. 1         0:22:03 Between The National And The Bristol - 1995
   2 The Last Days, For 2 Violins: Prelude         0:04:09 The Roman Ending - 1995
   3 The Last Days, For 2 Violins: I. The Venetian Beginning         0:05:45 -"-
   4 The Last Days, For 2 Violins: Intermezzo I         0:04:19 -"-
   5 The Last Days, For 2 Violins: Intermezzo II         0:04:11 -"-
   6 The Last Days, For 2 Violins: II. The Corinthian Middle         0:08:36 -"-
   7 String Quartet No. 2         0:23:47 1995

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