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Gavin Bryars: Oi Me Lasso

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
19-12-2008
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Barcode:
5024545338027
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
BCGBCD05
Gavin Bryars: Oi Me Lasso
Gavin Bryars: Oi Me Lasso

Description

In recent years Gavin Bryars has concentrated to a great extent on writing for the human voice - songs, madrigals, choral music, operas. Even an instrumental work like his Double Bass Concerto has a small choir of Russian basses as part of the accompaniment. But the purest and most refined of his music for voice has come about through his work with the Trio Mediaeval soprano Anna Maria Friman, for whom he has written many pieces over the last few years.

One of his projects with Friman involves his writing new versions of mediaeval Lauda, a form of unaccompanied song originating in 14th century Italy, and he decided to set the entire Cortona manuscript, a total of about fifty vocal pieces. Four of these "laude" appear on Trio Mediaeval's award-winning second ECM album 'Soir dit-elle'. Although he has written many solo laude, he has extended the form to include other combinations of voices (nine sopranos, eleven sopranos, duets with tenor, trios with tenor and bass) as well as some with instrumental accompaniment.

This recording contains a wide range of these extraordinary pieces, which hover between the worlds of early and contemporary music. At the heart of them all is a love of the solo voice, specifically the glorious soprano voice of Anna Maria Friman - alone, or with the ideal pairing of John Potter's tenor.

Personnel: Anna Maria Friman (soprano), John Potter (tenor), Morgan Goff (viola), Nick Cooper (cello), Gavin Bryars (double bass)

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Lauda 17 Ave vergene gaudente
  3. Lauda 4 Oi me lasso
  4. Lauda 29 O divina virgo, flore
  5. Lauda 26 Plangiamo quell crudel basciar
  6. Lauda 6 Da ciel venne messo novello
  7. Lauda 13 Stomme allegro
  8. Lauda 19 Omne homo
  9. Lauda 10 O Maria d'omelia
  10. Lauda 27 Lauda vollio per amore
  11. Lauda 8 Regina sovrana
  12. Lauda 12 Alta trinita beata
  13. Lauda 15 O Maria dei cella
  14. Lauda 9 Ave dei genitrix
  15. Lauda 16 Laudamo la resurrectione
  16. Lauda 28 Amor dolce senca pare
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