Earthcycle

£12.00

Following their acclaimed mix-tape series on Signum Classics, Earthcycle is the fifth album from Orchestra of the Swan and Artistic Director David Le Page. The Earthcycle album is an innovative and timely project which finds a compelling way to engage with humanity’s most urgent threat.

Through three initial performances, a recording and a film, Earthcycle contemplates our impact on Earth’s environment and the disruption of its natural rhythms. To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons we have commissioned a new version from our Associate Artist, baroque/jazz musician, composer David Gordon, which is interspersed with traditional folk songs related to the theme of the seasons and performed by folk singer Jackie Oates. Earthcycle highlights the 21st century’s greatest concern whilst celebrating nature and our place within it.

“The entire album is replete with musical birdsong, rain showers, shafts of light, gusty autumn winds, swirling leaves, and many other delights, which create a compelling, engaging and intriguing whole. Earthcycle provides an important reflection on climate change while offering listeners chamber music of the highest order, imaginatively presented and beautifully performed.” ArtMuseLondon

“In David Gordon’s lithe, gently jazz-laced arrangement, the Baroque juggernaut is a thing of wonder and vitality, the orchestra’s David Le Page a fizzing violin lead, with Gordon shifting between piano and harpsichord dextrously. Ensemble strings and percussion also rise to the occasion, flexing their muscle to produce images alive with onomatopoeic sounds of nature.” Michael Quinn, Songlines

“Outstanding extemporisation from David Le Page on violin playfully swoops and falls and the piano solo, with walking bass and lush string chords, warms the soul.” Anne Templer, BBC Classical Music

Also available to stream or buy from the following platforms: Presto Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, iTunes Store, Deezer, Signum Classics

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CD 1
1 The Birds in the Spring – Trad. arr. Oates & Le Page
Soloist: Jackie Oates (vocals)
2 Windigo (or Gradually then Suddenly) – David Gordon (b.1965)
Soloists: David Le Page (Vln), David Gordon (Keyboards)

Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Soloist: David Le Page (Vln)
3 I. Allegro
4 II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
5 III. Danza pastorale: Allegro
6 The Lark in the Morning – Trad. arr. Oates & Le Page
Soloist: Jackie Oates (vocals)
7 The Elephant and the Moth – David Gordon (b.1965)
Soloists: David Le Page (Vln), David Gordon (Keyboards),
Jackie Oates (Vocals)

Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Soloist: David Le Page (Vln)
8 I. Allegro non moto
9 II. Adagio – Presto
10 III. Presto

 

CD 2
1 Bright Phoebus – Trad. arr. Oates & Le Page
Soloist: Jackie Oates (vocals)
2 Feeling the Chill – David Gordon (b.1965)
Soloists: David Le Page (Vln), David Gordon (Keyboards)
Concerto No. 3 in F Major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L’autumno” (Autumn)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Soloist: David Le Page (Vln)
3 I. Allegro
4 II. Adagio molto
5 III. Allegro
6 The Robin’s Petition – Trad. arr. Oates & Le Page
Soloist: Jackie Oates (vocals)
7 The Water’s Tears – David Gordon (b.1965)
Soloists: David Le Page (Vln), David Gordon (Keyboards)

Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Soloist: David Le Page (Vln)
8 I. Allegro non molto
9 II. Largo
10 III. Allegro
ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN
DAVID LE PAGE DIRECTOR & VIOLIN