Barrow River Arts Festival - Song Recital - soprano and guitar
Sylvia O’Brien - soprano
Benjamin Dwyer - guitar
Los Ángeles y el duende!
Siete Canciones Españolas Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Prelude No. 1 (solo guitar) Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1859)
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Siete Canciones Españolas Antiguas Federico García Lorca (1889-1936)
Sobre los Ángeles (world premiere) Benjamin Dwyer (b. 1965)
Sylvia O’Brien’s specialist vocal and interpretative skills have established her as a leading interpreter of contemporary music having performed numerous prestigious international premieres as well as works by many composers who have written specifically for her voice. Equally at home in the classical and contemporary repertoire, Irish soprano Sylvia O’Brien has impressed audiences in opera, oratorio and chamber music. She is a regular guest with orchestras both in Ireland and abroad. Her vocal and musical skills make her an important singer of contemporary repertoire, including works by Gerald Barry, Louis Andriessen, Morton Feldman, Manos Tsangaris, Seóirse Bodley, Ian Wilson, Kevin O’Connell, Reymond Deane and Luigi Nono.
Benjamin Dwyer’s music both as a performer and composer, is forged from an intensive amalgamation of technical, improvisatory and interpretative elements. Experienced at the intersection of performance, gesture and compositional praxis, his music is further enriched through its deep immersion in ritual and symbol. His works have been performed worldwide by renowned musicians and ensembles. Benjamin Dwyer is Professor of Music at Middlesex University’s School of Media and Performing Arts.
Published on 31 March 2017