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Roman Nagel

Late Bloomers

Decca Records
Release Date: June 3, 2022

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1 Signs + Promises  
2 Mireya  
3 In Memory  
4 Wehmut  
5 Aero  
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A hundred years ago, Sigmund Freud would have loved him. Roman Nagel, a pianist from Lindlar, Germany, prefers to stand on the edge of the chasm where the unconscious lurks, or expressed differently, where the psychological structure that influences both the ego and the superego. Whereas for Freud the dream was the ideal path to the unconscious, for Nagel it is improvisation. He looks for patterns and repetitive elements and develops a vocabulary consisting of modules he enjoys varying. Suddenly he had arrived in neo-classic music, a music that oscillates between meditative calm and underlying turmoil. Granted, Ludovico Einaudi was an influence, but Nagel only listened to other stars of the genre, such as Nils Frahm, Joep Beving and Martin Kohlstedt, after finding his own personal aesthetic.

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