Fretwork

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Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212058626
Catnr: SIGCD 586
Release date: 22 March 2019
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212058626
Catalogue number
SIGCD 586
Release date
22 March 2019
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About the album

When Michael Nyman started reinventing the English baroque back in the 1980s, one critic described the result as “pump- action Purcell”. This recording combines these two singular musical styles through the stunning voice of countertenor Iestyn Davies and viol consort Fretwork, serving as the bridge across three centuries. The programme combines bold harmonies, wondrous inventions, and melodies that will haunt your dreams – whether from the 17th century or the 21st.

Recorded following a concert tour of the programme, the disc includes the premiere recording of a new commission from Michael Nyman, Music after a While – based upon Purcell’s song, or more particularly upon its strikingly original bass-line, with its insidious rising chromatics.

Toen Michael Nyman in de jaren 80 begon met het opnieuw uitvinden van de Engelse barok, beschreef een criticus het resultaat als “pump-action Purcell”. Deze opname combineert deze twee unieke muziekstijlen door middel van de prachtige stem van countertenor Iestyn Davies en gambaensemble Fretwork, die dienen als de brug tussen drie eeuwen. Het programma combineert moedige harmonieën, wonderlijke vindingen en melodieën die in je dromen zullen rondspoken – hetzij uit de 17e of uit de 21e eeuw.

Het album is gemaakt na een concerttour van het programma, en bevat de eerste opname van een nieuwe compositieopdracht van Michael Nyman, Music after a While – gebaseerd op het lied van Purcell, of specifieker, op zijn opvallende originele baslijn, met zijn verraderlijk stijgende chromatiek.

Artist(s)

Iestyn Davies is a British countertenor widely recognised as one of the world’s finest singers celebrated for the beauty and technical dexterity of his voice and intelligent musicianship. Critical recognition of Iestyn’s work can be seen in two Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, a RPS Award for Young Singer of the Year,the Critics’ Circle Award and recently an Olivier Award Nomination. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List 2017 for services to music.

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