The Sinking of the Titanic at 100 Years
Ensemble LPR Revisits the Gavin Bryars Masterwork
Thursday, May 03, 2012
On April 15, 2012, the centennial of the Titanic's ill-fated voyage from Southampton to New York City, Ensemble LPR offered a commemorative concert at Le Poisson Rouge of Gavin Bryars's sprawling 1969 work The Sinking of the Titanic.
Fifty-seven years after the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, English composer Gavin Bryars began exploring the emotional resonance of the disaster for his first major work: an approximately 40-minute "ambient" opus that uses elements of indeterminacy and conjures the sounds of the Titanic's band which, according to some sources, played until the ship sank beneath the water. The piece concludes with the sounds of the vacant waters as the ship slips beneath the ocean's surface.
Bathed in tints of subterranean blue, this performance included members of Le Poisson Rouge's "house band," Ensemble LPR, with members of the Wordless Music Orchestra and LPR co-founders David Handler and Justin Kantor.