Nick Cave - Nicholas Lens

L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S

Deutsche Grammophon

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1 Litany of Divine Absence 05:30  
2 Litany of The First Encounter 04:49  
3 Litany of Blooming 05:43  
4 Litany of The Sleeping Dream 06:26  
5 Litany of The Yearning 05:04  
6 Litany of Fragmentation 06:19  
7 Litany of The Forsaken 03:45  
8 Litany of Gathering Up 04:11  
9 Litany of Transformation 05:23  
10 Litany of Godly Love 04:45  
11 Litany of The Unnamed 05:21  
12 Litany of Divine Presence 05:25  
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Belgian composer Nicholas Lens & Australian singer and songwriter Nick Cave present their lockdown album L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S

The Bad Seeds frontman Nick Cave has written 12 "litanies" for a new vocal work by Belgian composer Nicholas Lens

Lens describes L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S as "a pure form of poetry… a lyrical form of minimalism which might lead to a trance-like state"

All the musicians had to record their parts separately in Lens's home, and his artist daughter played keyboards, helped produce and even sang vocals on the recording – purely because she happened to be stuck in Brussels due to the travel ban

With L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S Lens continues one of his novel approaches to composition by collaborating with dynamic, fêted writers from way outside the classical world. His former work includes the operas Slow Man (2012), with Nobel and Booker Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, and Shell Shock (2014), also with Nick Cave

L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S is out now via Deutsche Grammophon

There are several things that Belgian composer Nicholas Lens and Australian singer and songwriter Nick Cave have in common, but chief among them is that neither likes to waste time. Very early into the COVID-19 pandemic, both realised that their respective schedules for 2020 were likely to be heavily disrupted. Lens was dismayed to see performances of his operas cancelled right through to the following year, likewise Cave saw an extensive tour of North America and Europe for his band The Bad Seeds put on ice until 2021.

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