About | Tansy Davies | Composer

spine

2012

Description

Artists:
BCMG
Azalea
Christopher Austin, conductor
Concordia
Samuel Boden, tenor
Joby Burgess, percussion
Simon Haram, saxophone
Darragh Morgan, violin
Huw Watkins, piano

This important disc includes all three of Davies' works for large ensemble: Iris, Falling Angel, and spine. Lesser known works here include make black white, a reconstruction of Dowland’s Flow, My Tears performed by viol consort Concordia; the ritualistic Dark Ground for percussion (Joby Burgess); Loopholes and Lynchpins, a reworking – or unravelling even – of Scarlatti's keyboard sonata (Huw Watkins), and two short songs: settings of poems by Nick Drake.

Reviews

"...those who already have the earlier Davies disc should acquire forthwith."
Gramophone

"It's hard to think of another British composer whose rise through the hierarchy of British music has been so rapid, fueled by high-profile commissions. As this disc shows, her music is at its most compelling when it creates vivid textures, drawing on rock and pop idioms to give it edge and pungency."
Guardian

"a great portrait CD compilation of works from the first decade of our musically wonderful new century, by our great composer (Tansy Davies, b. 1973) who never repeats herself."
Musical Pointers

"Tansy Davies' music, held together in an awkward, gritty tension that allows for both emotional depth & unrestrained exuberance."
5:4