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Vita Nova
Gavin Bryars, Hilliard Ensemble
Vita Nova
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Classical
 
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Gavin Bryars writes for specific instrumentalists and singers rather than for performers in general--a powerful motivating force that--as Handel, Mozart, Britten, and others, including Bryars, have shown--often inspires gr...  more »

      
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All Artists: Gavin Bryars, Hilliard Ensemble
Title: Vita Nova
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Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 5/10/1994
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Classical
Styles: Techno, Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal, Ballets & Dances, Ballets, Chamber Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 0028944535129, 781182153325

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Gavin Bryars writes for specific instrumentalists and singers rather than for performers in general--a powerful motivating force that--as Handel, Mozart, Britten, and others, including Bryars, have shown--often inspires great music. Bryars is a mature, thoughtful composer whose versatility--he writes for several different instrumental and vocal combinations here--never inhibits his originality. And his originality never comes at the expense of accessibility. The music is tonal yet unpredictable, intelligent yet unpretentious. "Incipit Vita Nova," for male alto and string trio, is a response to the birth of a friend's child. Its simple beauty and sensitive instrumental scoring sets the tone for the entire album. "Glorious Hill," commissioned by the Hilliard Ensemble, is a triumph of text, texture, timbre, and of the unique expressive power of the human voice. There are many rewards on this album, from the stirring, sometimes disturbing, always enticing music, to the all-around, top-of-form performances. --David Vernier

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