#3873 Music by Bryars, The Crossing, & PRISM Quartet

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Donald Nally conducting The Crossing at the Church of the Holy Trinity
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Listen to portions of "The Fifth Century," a work written by the English composer Gavin Bryars for the choir, The Crossing, and the PRISM Sax Quartet. Bryars sets text by the 17th century English poet and theologian Thomas Traherne from his intensely spiritual writings, Centuries of Meditations, specifically, the last section, which also lends its title to Bryars' work. Hear the last movement from "The Fifth Century."

Also, hear another piece by Bryars, the title track from his album "New York," which is not named after what you think. Although he never intended to name his work "New York", the piece ended up with the title because of a type-o. Listen to the French quintet, Percussions Claviers de Lyon, and their marimbas, vibraphones, and xylophones. 

See & hear The Crossing & PRISM Sax Quartet perform "The Fifth Century" live in New York City Thursday night, 6/16.

Also, hear more music performed by the Philadelphia-based PRISM Quartet, by American composer and pianist Roshanne Etezady. Founded by four friends at the University of Michigan, PRISM Quartet has commissioned over 250 pieces by a cornucopia of composers. Their performance of "Keen" experiments with the saxophone in new and inspiring ways. (Just see their Youtube channel.) 

Rounding out the show is Huang Ruo's, "Without Words." This is sung by, you guessed it, the 24 singers in The Crossing choir, reinforcing the centerpiece of the show, the magnetic work, "The Fifth Century."  

 

PROGRAM #3873 - Bryars, The Crossing, and PRISM (First Aired 6-14-2016)

ARTIST: Percussions Claviers de Lyon
WORK: Gavin Bryars: New York, concerto for percussion quintet and chamber orchestra [0:20]
RECORDING: New York
SOURCE: GB Records 17
INFO: allmusic.com and available on Amazon and iTunes

ARTIST: The Crossing and PRISM Quartet
WORK: Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century, VII [7:05]
RECORDING: Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century
SOURCE: ECM Records
INFO: Due out late 2016

ARTIST: Naima
WORK: Animal Chin [1:00]
RECORDING: Bye
SOURCE: Cuneiform Records
INFO: cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com and on Amazon

ARTIST: Percussions Claviers de Lyon
WORK: Gavin Bryars: New York, concerto for percussion quintet and chamber orchestra [25:55]
RECORDING: New York
SOURCE: GB Records 17
INFO: allmusic.com and available on Amazon and iTunes

ARTIST: PRISM Quartet
WORK: Roshanne Etezady: Keen [7:21]
RECORDING: 25th Anniversary CD Release Concert
SOURCE: The work appears on Breath Beneath (New Dynamic Records.) prismquartet.com
INFO: Try CDbaby.com OR Amazon.com

ARTIST: The Crossing
WORK: Huang Ruo: Without Words [4:47]
RECORDING: Recorded live as part of MoM 2014 Concert 1.
SOURCE: crossingchoir.com
INFO: soundcloud.com