Gavin Bryars was deeply affected by the death of his friend and sound engineer Bill Cadman, killed in the Lockerbie tragedy aged only 32, and felt compelled to write a work - Cadman Requiem - in Bill's memory.
This forms the final work in this live recording, from a free concert for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, given in Westminster Cathedral in December 1998, in memory of all 270 people who died, attended by a very large audience, including relatives of the victims.
The programme, devised by Bryars, with the help of John Potter (Hilliard Ensemble) and Richard Campbell (Fretwork), consists of works he had written for both the Hilliard Ensemble and Fretwork along with pieces of early music (Busnois, Gombert, Purcell, Jenkins).
This was the first time that the Hilliard Ensemble and Fretwork had performed together in a live concert.
Two of the works were written almost simultaneously in 1989. These were Cadman Requiem and Incipit Vita Nova to celebrate the birth of the first child (Vita) of two of Bryars' friends, here in special arrangements of these two works with viol consort. Also given their first performances were a group of madrigals, setting poems by Bryars' librettist Blake Morrison, which were written specially for this occasion, commissioned by the Cadman family.
Hilliard Ensemble: David James, Steven Harrold, John Potter, Gordon Jones
Fretwork: Richard Campbell, Wendy Gillespie, Julia Hodgson, Susanna Pell, Richard Boothby, William Hunt
1. Busnois: In Hydraulis
2. Bryars: Incipit Vita Nova
3. Purcell: 6-Part In Nomine
4. Bryars: In Nomine (after Purcell)
5. Gombert: Salve Regina/ Diversi diversa orant
(6-8) Bryars: From the First Book of Madrigals
6. Bryars: 'Stormy'
7. Bryars: 'Web'
8. Bryars: 'Almond Tree'
9. Jenkins: 6-part Pavane in F
(10-14) Bryars: Cadman Requiem
11. 'Caedmon Paraphrase (Bede)'
12. 'Agnus Dei'
13. 'Caedmon's Creation Hymn'
14. 'In Paradisum'
Total running time 74.59
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