Nothing Like the Sun

Gavin Bryars

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Classical, Chamber Music
GB Records
July 15, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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Recorded live in Adelaide in 2015, this album consists of Gavin Bryars' settings of Shakespeare sonnets with singers John Potter and Peyee Chen and guest artist Gavin Friday as narrator, accompanied by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.

'Nothing Like the Sun' began life as a commission from Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2007. At the time Bryars had already produced four books of madrigals, chiefly of Petrarch. He says: "Shakespeare's sonnets, like Petrarch's, are full of wonderful technical subtlety and although the form of the Shakespeare sonnet, with its three quatrains and a couplet, is different from Petrarch's, this enabled me to arrive at a shape for the musical setting."

"In selecting the works to set, I preferred to focus on those that are more philosophical, choosing sonnets that contrast the relative permanence of art against the impermanence of human life, that focus on ideas of memory, on the passage of time, and which, when dealing with love, do so in a more abstract way. I narrowed this down to eight sonnets: and each sonnet is set twice - first spoken within a musical accompaniment and then sung. These more abstract sonnets, reflecting as they do on concepts of impermanence and mortality, are inevitably pervaded with melancholy, a quintessentially Elizabethan quality."

It is being released in Shakespeare's 400th anniversary year when there is a great deal of focus on this event.

Personnel: Peyee Chen (soprano), John Potter (tenor), Gavin Friday (speaking voice), Anna Coleman (bass clarinet/clarinet), James Woodrow (electric/acoustic guitar), Rebecca Lagos (percussion), Roland Peelman (piano), Morgan Goff (viola), Imants Larsens (viola), Nick Cooper (cello), Gavin Bryars (double bass)

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Key Value
Catalogue number BCGBCD24
Barcode 5052442008545
Number of items 1
Imported No
Weight 98g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Prologue 01:02
2. Sonnet 60A 02:27
3. Sonnet 60B 03:29
4. Sonnet 123A 02:17
5. Sonnet 123B 03:26
6. Sonnet 128A 02:03
7. Sonnet 128B 00:01
8. Sonnet 94A 01:54
9. Sonnet 94B 03:05
10. Sonnet 102A 02:06
11. Sonnet 102B 04:14
12. Sonnet 146A 02:03
13. Sonnet 146B 06:32
14. Sonnet 55A 01:52
15. Sonnet 55B 03:34
16. Sonnet 64A 01:52
17. Sonnet 64B 06:22