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Peter Gregson

Piano Book

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: August 26, 2022

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Adam Leaves
1 3_2 Allemande  
2 Adam Leaves (Second Half)  
3 Lights in the Sky  
4 Warmth  
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British composer and cellist Peter Gregson is a prolific artist whose work spans music for film, TV series, dance as well as five studio albums. Although he has composed music for string ensembles and electronics, the cello has always been the centrepiece of his oeuvre, defining his sound throughout. Now, Gregson decides to shift perspectives, inviting Kindt to revisit some of his early pieces and rework them on solo piano for a new EP. 

While Gregson’s last album, the highly-acclaimed release 'Patina', explored the function of melodies in songs, 'Piano Book’ shines a light on the role of chords. “On the cello, to do chords, we need to do some gymnastics which always sounds quite 'busy' or 'intense', and that's glorious. The piano can do it so simply, so effortlessly... that's what I wanted to bring to this music,” says Gregson. This ease with which the piano allows for chordal arrangements opened new directions for Gregson’s pieces to be reworked with an even greater sense of intimacy. The 2014 piece, 'Lights in the Sky', for instance, was originally recorded as a mass of multi-tracked cellos overlaid onto one another, but could be played singularly by Kindt on the piano. “The aesthetic difference may sound subtle, but it's the difference between eight people – or, in the pianist's case, several fingers – playing once, or one person playing eight times,” notes Gregson. 

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