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Airs from Another Planet: Chamber Music and Songs By Judith Weir

Judith Weir
Barcode 0801918342288
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Release Date: 25/10/2019

Edition: Album Digipak
Genre: Classical
Sub-Genre: Chamber
Composer: Judith Weir
Label: Delphian
Number of Discs: 1
Duration: 73.13 minutes

This survey of Judith Weir's often quirky and always engaging music displays some of the concerns that unite her writing for voice and for instruments: storytelling and the gap between truth and fiction; invention and fantasy; the lessons that can be learned from other times and other cultures. Communication between generations, continents and women lies at the heart of 'Nuits d'Afrique', conceived as a companion piece to Maurice Ravel's 'Chansons madécasses'. Its dedicatee, Ailish Tynan, joins the outstanding Hebrides Ensemble players here and in 'Really?', a resonant sequence of folk-tales set in an idiosyncratic mixture of speech and song. The hymns of the medieval Rhenish saint, poet and composer Hildegard of Bingen underlie two chamber pieces, while the early 'Airs From Another Planet' imagines how Scottish folk music might sound after several generations of evolution in outer space.

Track Listing:
1: Berceuse
2: Le Tam-tam
3: Crocodile
4: Le Village
5: Angels Bending Near the Earth
6: In Death's Dark Vale
7: O Sapientia
8: O Viridissima for Piano Trio
9: Salute
10: Nocturne
11: Lament
12: Day Break Shadows Flee for Solo Piano
13: Incidents in Traffic
14: The Expansion of Porridge
15: What Is Eternity?
16: Strathspey & Reel
17: Traditional Air
18: Jig
19: Bagpipe Air, With Drones