#35: Vaults: Gavin Bryars

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This New Sounds From the Vaults time-warps back nearly twenty years for the first WNYC studio visit from English composer Gavin Bryars. The 1986 conversation veers from Bryars’ opera Medea to the classic 1971 work “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.” Hear excerpts from Medea, and the scratchy album version of “Jesus’ Blood.” Also, the former jazz bass player presents some ensemble works, and jokes with host John Schaefer about his terrible head cold.

PROGRAM #35, with Gavin Bryars (First aired on 11-17-1986)





Gavin Bryars

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Three Viennese Dancers

String Quartet #1, excerpt

ECM #1323** www.ecmrecords.com *

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Medea, excerpt

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The Sinking of the Titanic

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Obscure #1, reissued on Virgin #45970, another recording with Tom Waits is on Point 438-823. Amazon.com* Also, visit www.gavinbryars.com for info.

Three Viennese Dancers

Viennese Dance #1

See above.

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Les Fiancailles, excerpt

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