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Gavin Bryars: New York

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Gavin Bryars: New York
Gavin Bryars: New York


For Gavin Bryars the family of keyboard percussion is as important as, say, the string family and a great percussion ensemble, like the group from Lyon recorded here, are as musically subtle and expressive as a well-seasoned string quartet. From the mid 1970's onwards he has maintained a passionate commitment to this instrumental formation and his first opera Medea (1984) included a quintet of tuned percussion in the orchestra, replacing the more conventional violins. The five percussionists in Medea became Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon and Gavin Bryars has maintained a close relation with the group. This recording includes One Lat Bar Then Joe Can Sing, the piece that Bryars wrote for the great Canadian group Nexus - a work that has entered the percussion repertoire worldwide. The other pieces were commissioned for Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon and exploit the wide range of colours and textures that this unique combination of instruments affords - 2 vibraphones, 2 marimbas, bass marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel and assorted cymbals, tom-toms and other drums. At Portage and Main is the most recent work, premiered in on in 2009 and the other, New York (2004), is a concerto for tuned percussion quintet in which the group is joined by the French chamber orchestra L'Ensemble de Basse-Normandie. Personnel: Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon (all tracks), L'Ensemble de Basse-Normandie, conductor Dominique Debart (track 3 only)


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  2. At Portage and Main (2009)
  3. One Last Bar Then Joe Can Sing (1994)
  4. New York (2004)
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