1. BCGBCD18 Mercy and Grand
A live recording of Opera North’s Project’ on the songs of Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan from the ensemble’s final concerts in Leeds at the end of its 2008 tour.
UK Release April 2 2012
Recording in the Faroe Islands of two works for solo voices, choir and chamber orchestra,following a performance in Nordic House, Torshavn, plus a short piece for choir to be recorded in February 2012..
The pieces are: From Egil’s Saga, written in 2004 for the Faroese bass Rúni Brattaberg setting texts in old Icelandic by Egil Skalgrimmson; Trondúr í Gøtu, commissioned for the unveling of a statue of the 10th century Faroese hero in 2008, for Rúni Brattaaberg and Eivør Pálsdóttir (who will sing the principle part in my new opera on Marilyn Monroe to be premiered in January 2013); and Hitt Blinda Li∂i∂ (The Company of the Blind) for choir, guitar and double bass, setting a poem by the 20h century Faroese poet Christian Matras. The chamber orchestra is the Faroese ensemble Aldubáran and the choir is Eystanljo∂
This is planned to be an orchestral album featuring a live recording from Holland of The War in Heaven, a big piece for soprano (Anja-Nina Bahrmann), counter tenor (Maarten Engeltjes), choir and orchestra, conducted by Brad Lubman. It was recorded by Netherlands radio in the Mukiekgebouw, Amsterdam. I am in discussion with Mainz Opera House about the possibility of adding to this the Epilogue from my third opera G, recorded Mainz, with solo bass Hans-Otto Weiss and conducted by Gernot Sahler
4. BCGBCD21 Anail Dé
A project with Irish singer Iarla O’Lionaird – section on “Other Ensembles” for more information on this work. https://www.gavinbryars.com/performance/other/anáil-dé
5. BCGBCD22 I Tatti Madrigals
Discussions are under way about recording, with Singer Pur, all the pieces that I have written as commissions for the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies, near Florence. These set texts by Petrach, Bronzino, Battiferri and Michelangelo Buonarotti il Giovane.