A celebration of the career of the musician, whose death from cancer was announced on the 11th Jan 2016. Bowie's work was the soundtrack to a generation and influenced countless musicians and this features memorable music videos and performances, as well as tributes from friends and fans around the world.
David Lang's "love fail" is a meditation on the timelessness of love that weaves together details from medieval retellings of the story of Tristan and Isolde with stories from more modern sources. The recording also spotlights the vocal quartet Anonymous 4, whose commitment to medieval music and historical scholarship has been acclaimed worldwide.
"On the Outside tour, Bowie quietly served as a grounding point for Reznor; he offered, in his music and his performances, the potential of a future. … Bowie and Reznor designed an interim sequence to bridge their sets. There would be no NIN encore. Instead Bowie, then his band, would join NIN on stage, and then NIN would depart, leaving Reznor singing with Bowie's band. The concert featured on this remarkable 2CD set finds the entourage playing at The Riverport Amphitheatre in St Louis, Missouri, on 11th October 1995.
According to the composer, the five works on David Lang's 2003 recording Child constitute an "attempt to examine certain experiences as I remember (and misremember) them from my childhood. Each individual movement is in some way a memory of how I learned to do something." For this recording, Lang gathered the separately commissioned but closely affined pieces into a suite for a varied ensemble of winds, strings, piano, and percussion, presented here by the Italian chamber ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi.
Long, long time ago, still nestled in my warm home, I heard on the radio music of the Renaissance time…
In April of 2009, Russell released For David, a marvelous Telarc CD of works written especially for him. The range of expression is exceptional. One of the CD’s highlights is Sergio Assad’s flowing Aquarelle, which begins with astounding bursts of color. Steve Goss’ three-movement El Llanto de los Sueños (The Weeping of Dreams), inspired by the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, starts off dreamily, but soon becomes energetically and emotionally charged. To balance Ben Verdery’s Now and Ever, an impassioned statement against slavery, the CD ends with a trio of works by Phil Rosheger, including the sweet Lullaby to Wake Up With.