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Tavener: To a Child Dancing in the Wind / Birtwistle: Entr'Actes and Sappho Fragments

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I have long thought that Tavener's cycle To a Child Dancing in the Wind is one of his loveliest creations. As other works such as the Akhmatova cycle also demonstrate, Tavener's music can be surprising indeed when he makes an incursion into the secular world (or the apparently secular: the composer would be the first to point out the sacred elements in the poetry he has set), and these songs are a magnificent explosion of dramatic lyricism in response to a very well-chosen sequence of Yeats's poetry centring on the theme of love. The work has been recorded before – by Patricia Rozario on the now-defunct Collins label – but this new reading definitely surpasses it. Heidi Grant Murphy's voice is quite different from Rozario's and, I would argue, is in fact more suited to this particular piece. She captures the Irishness and the tenderness of the work in no uncertain terms, and her range of vocal colour astonishingly partners every nuance of Tavener's lovely settings. Her accompanists, the musicians of Auréole, are extraordinary. They move with her in a way which I can only describe as organic.The presence of Birtwistle's Entr'Actes and Sappho Fragments, superficially an unlikely companion for the Tavener, is amply justified in the thought-provoking notes by Tina Chancey. The music is, of course, a completely different listening experience, but there is a similar sense of fragility and transparency of texture that makes them in some sense natural companions, quite apart from the various stylistic connections elaborated on in the notes. This music is more enigmatic and reticent than the Tavener work, certainly, but Murphy and Auréole bring to it the same passion and precision. The only criticism I have of this release is that there are mistakes in the printed texts of the Yeats; otherwise, this is a disc that absolutely demands to be heard. Ivan Moody -- From International Record Review - subscribe now

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  2. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: The Old Men Admiring Themselves In The Winter - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  3. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: To A Child Dancing In The Wind - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  4. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: Two Year Later - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  5. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: The Fiddler Of Dooney - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  6. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: A Deep-Sworn Vow - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  7. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: Sweet Dancer - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  8. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: The Stolen Child - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  9. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  10. To A Child Dancing In The Wind: The Countess Cathleen In Paradise - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy
  11. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: I - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  12. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: II - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  13. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: III - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  14. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: IV - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  15. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: V - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  16. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Entr'acte I - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  17. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Cantus I - Mother I Cannot Mind My Wheel - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  18. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Entre'Acte II - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  19. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Cantus II - Round About Me - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  20. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Entre'Acte III - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  21. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Entre'Acte IV - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  22. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Cantus III - Love Like Mountain Wind - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  23. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Entre'Acte V - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  24. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Cantus IV - The Moon And The Seven Pleiades - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  25. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Cantus V - Like The Wild Hyacinth Flower - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter
  26. Entr'actes And Sappho Fragments: Coda - Aureole/Heidi Grant Murphy/Jacqui Carasco/John Ferrillo/James Baker/Paul Hotstetter


Product details

  • Performer: Heidi Grant Murphy, Aureole
  • Composer: John Tavener, Harrison Birtwistle
  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch International Classics
  • ASIN: B00005O6DG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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