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Voyager

composer
2013

 
I commenced composing a second large scale five-movement work, Voyager, based on the extraordinary journey of the NASA probe. After writing some additional shorter works the music was completed in January 2014. I contacted the London Symphony Orchestra and managed to find a day they were available in their hectic schedule. I arranged the recording to take place at Air Lyndhurst in London, conducted by Paul Bateman and engineered by Jake Jackson. We were very fortunate in that Kerenza had been loaned a Stradivarius violin for the sessions. And for the Voyager recording we were joined by pianist Huw Watkins. Owing to the way I had orchestrated the pieces I had to arrange the orchestra in a unique fashion: the principals of first and second violins and cello sections needed their own desk in front of their section as they would have to be partially isolated in the movements where they played their own part separately from the rest of the section. This would create a chamber group within a chamber orchestra and thus build the multi-layered texture that forms much of my string writing.

from notes by Oliver Davis © 2014

Recordings

Davis: Flight
Studio Master: SIGCD411Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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