Live at Punkt
A major thrust of Gavin Bryars' work as a performer is with his own ensemble, a pool of players who are those musicians that the composer has chosen to work with and who are the best interpreters of his work. This recording is the first time that Gavin Bryars has issued a live recording of his ensemble, here a smaller group, which includes the soprano Anna Maria Friman and tenor John Potter (see also their studio recording on GB Records 'Oi me lasso'). It was made at the 2008 Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway, and has the highly acclaimed improvising trumpeter Arve Henriksen as guest with the ensemble for two pieces, one of which, Lauda 37 "Ciascun ke fede sente", was written specially for him and premiered on this occasion.
Several of the artists are especially associated with ECM (which issued four recordings of Bryars' music in the 1980s). Anna Maria Friman is one of the vocalists in Trio Mediaeval; John Potter was a member of the Hilliard Ensemble and more recently has been heard on the label with his own group The Dowland Project; and Arve Henriksen has appeared regularly as a sideman on various jazz recordings and made his leader debut with 'Cartography' at the end of 2008.
Personnel: Anna Maria Friman (soprano), John Potter (tenor), Morgan Goff (viola), Nick Cooper (cello), James Woodrow (electric guitar), Gavin Bryars (double bass and piano), and guest Arve Henriksen (trumpet, tracks 6 & 7)
- Lauda 29 "O divina virgo, flore"
- Lauda 13 "Stomme allegro"
- Lauda 19 "Omne homo"
- No.1 from Tre Laude Dolçe
- Lauda 4 "Oi me lasso"
- Lauda 35 "L'alto prençe archangelo"
- Lauda 37 "Ciascun ke fede sente"
- Lauda (con sordino)
- Lauda 36 "Gloria in cielo"
- Lauda 28 "Amor dolçe sença pare"
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