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For Gavin Bryars the family of keyboard percussion is as important as the string family. A great
percussion ensemble, like the group from Lyon recorded here, is as musically subtle and expressive
as a well-seasoned string quartet. This recording includes One Last Bar Then Joe Can Sing,
the piece that Bryars wrote for the great Canadian group Nexus and a work that has entered the
percussion repertoire worldwide. The other pieces, commissioned for Les Percussions Claviers de
Lyon, exploit the wide range of colors and textures that this unique combination of instruments
affords two vibraphones, two marimbas, bass marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, and assorted
cymbals, tom-toms, and other drums. At Portage and Main is the most recent work, premiered in
2009, and New York (2004) is a concerto for tuned percussion quintet in which the Percussions
Claviers de Lyon is joined by the French chamber orchestra L Ensemble de Basse-Normandie.
  • G. Bryars - Gavin Bryars: New York [CD]
GenreClassical Music
Publication Date20110111
Publisher ImprintNaxos of America Inc.

New York


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