Tim Brady, Music For Large Ensemble / Bradyworks Large Ensemble, dir. Cristian Gort / Starkland ST-230, 2018
We find two Tim Brady works on this album recorded at Studio 270 a few days after their creation at the 2017 Victoriaville Music Festival. Desire is a concerto in three movements for electric guitar and chamber orchestra. The first movement, Ecstasy, features hectic minimalist writing, centered on hammered rhythmic patterns exchanged between the soloist and the orchestra. Beauty is a very evocative textural exploration; the melodic guitar seems to be making its way through an increasingly lugubrious universe, magnified by solo interventions through the orchestra. Wisdom is a long rise in intensity where the motives of the first movement reinvent themselves. Bradyworks Large Ensemble directed by Cristian Gort beautifully realizes Brady’s rich and dense universe, and the guitarist transports himself to the heights of inspiration and virtuosity.
The Eight Songs about: Symphony # 7 are fictitious commentaries on Shostakovich’s score by various characters involved in the creation of the symphony in 1942, each evolving within Brady’s dense textures. Douglas Smith’s lyrics are tinged with humour and irony but often take the listener by the hand a little too much. Sarah Albu (soprano) and Vincent Ranallo (baritone) are very convincing in their different characters. www.timbrady.ca
Translation by Vasyl Pawlowsky