Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (CD) 【ECM】

Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (CD) 【ECM】

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.

Gavin Bryars
The Crossing
PRISM Saxophone Quartet

Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century
01. We see the heavens with our eyes
02. As sure as there is a space infinite
03. Infinity of space is like a painter's table
04. Eternity is a mysterious absence of times and ages
05. Eternity magnifies our joys exceedingly
06. His omnipresence is our field of joys
07. Our bridegroom and our king being everywhere

Gavin Bryars: Two Love Songs
08. Io amai sempre
09. Solo et pensoso




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