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Earthcycle
Antonio Vivaldi, David Gordon

Orchestra of the Swan

Earthcycle

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212078921
Catnr: SIGCD 789
Release date: 19 January 2024
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212078921
Catalogue number
SIGCD 789
Release date
19 January 2024
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About the album

Following their acclaimed mix-tape series on Signum Classics, Earthcycle is the fifth album from Orchestra of the Swan and David Le Page. Earthcycle is an innovative and timely project which finds a compelling way to engage with humanity’s most urgent threat. Through three initial performances, a recording and a film, Earthcycle contem- plates our impact on Earth’s environment and the disruption of its natural rhythms. To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons they have commissioned a new version from our Associate Artist, baroque/jazz musician and composer David Gordon which is interspersed with traditional folk songs related to the theme of the seasons and performed by singer Jackie Oates. Earthcycle highlights the 21st century’s greatest concern whilst celebrating nature and our place within it.

Artist(s)

David Le Page (violin)

Orchestra of the Swan

Formed in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan is a British chamber orchestra which, under the artistic direction of David Le Page, is passionate about audience inclusivity and blurring the lines between genres, through its adventurous and accessible programming. he Swan presents over 45 concerts a year – both live and digital with a catalogue of over 20 recordings. We are passionate about new music and has premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others. Our album ‘Timelapse’ creates a space where sounds of the past and present collide to form a unique musical landscape. Although the pieces...
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Formed in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan is a British chamber orchestra which, under the artistic direction of David Le Page, is passionate about audience inclusivity and blurring the lines between genres, through its adventurous and accessible programming.
he Swan presents over 45 concerts a year – both live and digital with a catalogue of over 20 recordings. We are passionate about new music and has premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others. Our album ‘Timelapse’ creates a space where sounds of the past and present collide to form a unique musical landscape. Although the pieces were written, in some cases, centuries apart and in culturally disparate eras, it is striking how much these contrasting works inhabit such similar emotional territory. Intriguing pairings of works by Rameau and Radiohead’s Pyramid Song, Schubert, and The Smiths, Adés and Grieg, Satie and Reich, complement each other beautifully and style have become irrelevant.
The Swan has been enormously successful in making a positive and effective contribution to the communities at the heart of its ‘immersive residencies’ in Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham with an ambitious programme of work in care homes, schools and rural areas growing year by year. Based at the Stratford Play House, in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Swan is proof that an orchestra really can be an indispensable and relevant part of the community with its aim to entertain, educate and engage in a way that truly makes it a living orchestra.

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Composer(s)

Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some...
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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.
Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died less than a year later in poverty.

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Disc #1
01.
The Birds in the Spring
03:49
(Traditional) Jackie Oates, Orchestra of the Swan
02.
Windigo (or Gradually then Suddenly)
05:13
(David Gordon) David Le Page, David Gordon, Orchestra of the Swan
03.
Concerto no. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring):: I. Allegro
03:22
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
04.
Concerto no. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring):: II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
02:50
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
05.
Concerto no. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring):: III. Danza pastorale: Allegro
03:58
(Antonio Vivaldi) Jackie Oates, Orchestra of the Swan
06.
The Lark in the Morning
02:37
(Traditional) Jackie Oates, Orchestra of the Swan
07.
The Elephant and the Moth
07:40
(David Gordon) David Le Page, Jackie Oates, David Gordon, Orchestra of the Swan
08.
Concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L'estate” (Summer):: I. Allegro non moto
04:57
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
09.
Concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L'estate” (Summer):: II. Adagio - Presto
01:59
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
10.
Concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L'estate” (Summer):: III. Presto
02:40
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan

Disc #2
01.
Bright Phoebus
03:08
(Traditional) Jackie Oates, Orchestra of the Swan
02.
Feeling the Chill
06:19
(David Gordon) David Le Page, David Gordon, Orchestra of the Swan
03.
Concerto no. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L'autumno” (Autumn):: I. Allegro
05:05
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
04.
Concerto no. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L'autumno” (Autumn):: II. Adagio molto
02:54
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
05.
Concerto no. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L'autumno” (Autumn):: III. Allegro
03:24
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
06.
The Robin's Petition
04:20
(Traditional) Jackie Oates, Orchestra of the Swan
07.
The Water's Tears
08:21
(David Gordon) David Le Page, David Gordon, Orchestra of the Swan
08.
Concerto no. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L'inverno” (Winter):: I. Allegro non molto
03:32
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
09.
Concerto no. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L'inverno” (Winter):: II. Largo
02:04
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
10.
Concerto no. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L'inverno” (Winter):: III. Allegro
03:28
(Antonio Vivaldi) David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan
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