The Fifth Century

Gavin Bryars

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Classical, Choral
ECM New Series
November 25, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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The music of English composer Gavin Bryars has long managed the distinction of being both "accessible and defiantly personal" (The New York Times).

A deep yet unsentimental emotional resonance and a patient, contemplative view of time -- whether relating to harmonic rhythm or human experience -- are complementary characteristics that run through his instrumental, vocal and theatrical catalog like a red thread, the composer inspired by disparate spirits from Wagner and Satie to Cage and Silvestrov. The ECM New Series released multiple recordings of Bryars' music in the 1980s and early '90s, including the classic albums After the Requiem and Vita Nova.

The first full ECM album from Bryars in decades is The Fifth Century, which includes the seven-part title work: a slowly evolving -- yet immediately involving -- setting of words by 17th-century English mystic Thomas Traherne, performed by the mixed choir of The Crossing with saxophone quartet PRISM. The album also features Two Love Songs, luminous a cappella settings of Petrarch for the women of The Crossing.

Personnel: PRISM saxophone quartet, The Crossing, Donald Nally (conductor)

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Catalogue number 4814495
Barcode 0028948144952
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 120g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. The Fifth Century: We see the heavens with our eyes -
2. The Fifth Century: As sure as there is a space infinite -
3. The Fifth Century: Infinity of space is like a painter’s table -
4. The Fifth Century: Eternity is a mysterious absence of times and ages -
5. The Fifth Century: Eternity magnifies our joys exceedingly -
6. The Fifth Century: His omnipresence is our field of joys -
7. The Fifth Century: Our bridegroom and our king being everywhere -
8. Two Love Songs: Io amai sempre -
9. Two Love Songs: Solo et pensoso -