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Lara Downes latest effort, covers great composers who have 'EXILE' in common

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'Lost In the Stars' from Exiles Cafe

Lara Downes, known for her fusing of rare pianistic concepts releases: Exiles' Café on the Steinway & Sons label. The result of a moment of inspiration which created a narrative around both real and metaphorical, Downes captures the pain, nostalgia, and freedom that are indelibly tied to the state of 'being-in exile.'

Featuring miniature works by who composers have exile in common, including: Chopin, Milhaud, Bartok, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Kurt Weill, William Grant Still & Paul Bowles, the disc also includes the title track, a premiere work by Mohammed Fairouz. The disc considers the musical communities these composers found in their new homes, and these cafes, so to speak, were actual places – locations throughout history to which composers and musicians found each other, and were accordingly influenced by one another. Places to also lament about their former homes now lost, and to celebrate their new freedoms. Chopin could never return to Poland, Weill, Bartok, Milhaud and Prokofiev were all displaced by wars, and some, including Fairouz, simply long for an abstract home.

Exiles' Café features 21 tracks + a digital-only release of Korngold's complete second piano sonata.