Gavin Bryars: The Sinking Of The Titanic

Gavin Bryars Ensemble

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April 14, 2014

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This live version of Gavin Bryars' seminal work The Sinking of the Titanic is regarded by the composer as "the definitive performance", made with his ideal choice of musicians. It was recorded on the Gavin Bryars Ensemble's tour in 2012, the centenary year of the disaster.

It brings together in one performance elements that have appeared separately in the various versions that precede it: the inclusion of the improvising turntablist Philip Jeck; the presence of a second quartet of low strings that consists of his four children; the faint allusion to Aphex Twin's remix The Raising of the Titanic made shortly after the release of the 1994 recording; the water gong first used by percussionist Martin Allen towards the end of a performance on a raft at the shallow end of a renovated Art Nouveau swimming pool in Brussels...

Although there have been four previous recordings of The Sinking of the Titanic (and the original recording on Brian Eno's Obscure label from 1975 is scheduled for re-release on GB Records), according to the composer this performance and recording is as near to a definitive one as there is ever likely to be.

"One of the classics of British experimental music." - The Guardian

Personnel: Philip Jeck (improvising turntablist), Quartet I: Nick Barr, Morgan Goff (viola), Nick Cooper (cello), Gavin Bryars (double bass), Quartet II: Alexandra Maria Tchernakova (viola), Orlanda Bryars (cello), Ziella Bryars (cello), Yuri Bryars (double bass), Roger Heaton (bass clarinet), Dave Smith (tenor horn, keyboard, woodblocks), James Woodrow (electric guitar), Martin Allen (percussion)

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Catalogue number BCGBCD21
Barcode 5052442004905
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 96g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Applause -
2. Prologue (Philip Jeck) -
3. Crash -
4. Titanic Hymn I Autumn - Quartet I -
5. Titanic Hymn II Autumn - Quartet II -
6. Titanic Hymn III Autumn - Quartet I -
7. Hymn IV Aughton (He leadeth me) - Quartet I -
8. Morse -
9. Hymn V Autumn - Quartet I (cello solo) -
10. Titanic Lament -
11. Cadences -
12. Lament extract -
13. Water gong -
14. La Maxixe music box -
15. Hymn VI, last hymn - Quartet I -