Recognized as the first artist to win a Grammy Award for music written for a video game, composer Christopher Tin released his new album 'To Shiver the Sky' last summer. It marks Tin's major label debut after signing to Decca Gold.
To Shiver the Sky, is "an oratorio about the history of flight, and mankind's quest to conquer the heavens," explains Tin. The ambitious 11-track album will also mirror that story with the parallel evolution of Western classical music. Tin ultimately settled on eleven historical figures which are "our greatest astronomers, inventors, visionaries and pilots," he details. Each of whom serve as the basis for a composition, adding up to a kaleidoscopic epic that crosses centuries, continents, and perspectives.
The history of aviation is full of outlandish tales and colorful figures. PRX: The World's April Peavy discusses the project with the Califormia based composer. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
Budapest Concert is the second complete show to be issued from Keith Jarrett's 2016 European tour, recorded two weeks earlier than the widely-acclaimed concert released as Munich 2016. The new double album documents the pianist's solo performance at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Jarrett, whose family roots reach back to Hungary, viewed the concert as akin to a homecoming – also with regard to his lifelong affection for Bartók, as he explained to the audience - and the context inspired much creative improvisation.
Keith Jarrett - Budapest Concert makes Echoes November 2020 Top 25. SEE THE CHART
'some kind of peace' is the stunning new album from the ground-breaking composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds, available now on Mercury KX. The record features a brand new track 'The Bottom Line' ft. Josin, alongside a beautiful video featuring the work of Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto out today, and 'Loom', Arnalds' collaboration with Bonobo. Also out now is 'finding some kind of peace', a very special behind the scenes film about the new album.
Ólafur has been confirmed as the closing act for Iceland Airwaves' virtual festival, ‘Live from Reykjavík', on November 13th, where he will perform mostly new material played live for the very first time. Ólafur's music will also play a major role in the forthcoming Netflix documentary on Shawn Mendes, 'In Wonder', which is set to be released on November 23rd. Ólafur has also recently surpassed a staggering 1 billion streams, an incredible milestone for the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist.
Olafur Arnalds - some kind of peace makes Echoes November 2020 Top 25. SEE THE CHART
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep.
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. People of many countries have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. Rumi has been described as the "most popular poet" and the "best selling poet" in the United States.
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. Rumi encouraged listening to music and twirling, or doing the sacred dance. The dance represents a mystical journey in which the seeker symbolically turnstowards the truth, grows through love, and finds the truth. The seeker then returns from this journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without regard to beliefs, races, classes and nations. It was from these ideas that the practice of whirling Dervishes developed.
Rumi's poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and today Rumi's poems can be heard in churches, synagogues, Zen monasteries, as well as in the downtown New York art/performance/music scene. Recordings of Rumi poems have made it to the USA's Billboard's Top 20 list. A selection of his love poems have been performed by artists such as Madonna, Goldie Hawn, Philip Glass and Demi Moore.
Shunia - Breeze At Dawn makes Echoes November 2020 Top 25. SEE THE CHART
Pianist Hélène Grimaud has created a "dialogue" of sorts between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Ukrainian-born contemporary composer Valentin Silvestrov in her latest album "The Messenger."
The recording presents three works by Mozart, all in chronological order and in minor keys. Grimaud sees his use of the minor as suggestive of "confrontations with fate or destiny". Written in memory of his late wife, Larissa Bondarenko, Silvestrov's The Messenger – 1996 "establishes a connection between the world that once existed and the present day." It offers "both a response to and an echo of Mozart's music – this idea of acknowledging and paying tribute to what has gone before is central to his art as a composer."
I hope you enjoy the discussion with Hélène and Classical Music Host@VPM Music - Mike Goldberg about this project and her approach to the works that are included. LISTEN
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in November 2020, featuring Kali Uchis' heart-struck devotionals, Tierra Whack's playful pop, metal duo Jucifer's tribute to Arabic music and Salaam Remi's star-studded soundtrack of the Black experience, as well as; Ólafur Arnalds: "Spiral" from Some Kind of Peace.
Some Kind of Peace is a perfect description of what lies within; it's the most impactful record I've heard this year. At its center is Ólafur Arnalds' calming piano and electronics, which often sets the tone for the many collaborations heard within. (By the way, you can listen to my conversation with Ólafur Arnalds in the All Songs Considered podcast feed.) This is music that works as background or foreground, rich in textures making it the perfect headphone album. - Bob Boilen
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In his concerto for guitar and orchestra, Chris Brubeck pays homage to his father, the late jazz great Dave Brubeck. The pianist and composer, whose centennial we celebrate on December 6th, passed away in 2012. Brubeck's piece is the title track of our Classical Album of the Week. Guitarist Sharon Isbin's Affinity features music inspired by different cultures and genres, and has a personal story behind each work.
When Chris was writing his 2015 concerto for guitar and orchestra for her, Sharon says he wanted to tap into her broad-ranging musical interests. He was "intrigued by the idea that I'd worked with so many people from so many different genres."
Sharon met with me on Zoom in late September, 2020, and shared the personal stories behind the Brubeck piece and the other music on the album, which includes works by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro, Chinese composer Tan Dun, and American composer Richard Danielpour.
Sharon Isbin's 'Affinity' is the 90.1WRTI: Philadelphia 'Classical Album of the Week.' READ THE FULL ARTICLE & WATCH THE VIDEOS
Invited to experiment with Deutsche Grammophon's Shellac Project – a collection of digitized material restored from early 20th-century 78s in a collaborative initiative with Google Arts & Culture – German musician, visual artist and producer Christian Löffler has created his own experimental electronica tribute to Beethoven.
Sony Music today announces the November 20 release of THE CROWN: SEASON 4 (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer MARTIN PHIPPS (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders).
Dynamic pianist CHLOE FLOWER has given the Christmas classic "CAROL OF THE BELLS" an eloquent twist on her latest single, which was co-written and co-produced alongside GRAMMY® Award-winning icon Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.
Daniil Trifonov's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia's composers, poets, artists, dramatists and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world.
Conceived jointly by violinist Movses Pogossian and violist Kim Kashkashian on the occasion of Tigran Mansurian's 80th birthday, the Con anima project brings together a dedicated cast of players to perform the chamber music of Armenia's great contemporary composer.
Recorded in Buenos Aires last year, Albores [Dawn] is among Dino Saluzzi's most intimate albums, featuring the great Argentine bandoneonist alone with the instrument that has been his constant companion since childhood.
READ THE TRANSCRIPT - Last month when Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra in a massive outdoor Papal mass, he fulfilled a lifetime dream - well, sort of. "Before I wanted to become a conductor, I wanted to become the pope," Yannick declares. "That was my first dream as a child. So now I have the impression that it's coming almost full circle. I'm a conductor but conducting for the pope. And so that was something obviously very special for me but especially for all the musicians of the orchestra and being part of that extraordinary moment of peace and of unity and especially because of the message of this particular pope - so yes it was a great honor."
A native of Montreal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has certainly had his share of honors, including three honorary doctorates. He's a notable opera conductor and has regular engagements with the Metropolitan Opera. He's also the artistic director and principal conductor of the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra and music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier this month, he launched his fourth season as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra with music of Rachmaninov, featuring a riveting young Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov.
Trifonov, who was awarded the First Prize, Gold Medal and Grand Prix at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, is also featured on a new recording celebrating Sergei Rachmaninoff, a Russian composer who had a longtime affiliation with the Philadelphia Orchestra. "Oh, it's one of the most magical definitely aspects of - and perks even - of being the music director of this wonderful ensemble," says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. "Whenever we perform Rachmaninov together - we did the complete symphonies last year; the concertos, we almost did them all so far, even in just the few years that I've been the music director. And each time I marvel that there's this understanding of this music which is … due to the fact that actually the people from generation to generation were communicating their own knowledge of having worked with the master himself. And not only this - I think one important aspect of the story here is that Rachmaninov himself was in love with the sound of the orchestra at that time. And I believe that the sound is not really that different nowadays, and we're trying to cultivate the richness of that sound and all of the colors inside of it. And that means that it's a very special feeling whenever we start playing this music."
This new recording features variations Rachmaninov composed based on works by other composers. His most famous set of variations is the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which was written for and first recorded by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934, with Leopold Stokowski at the podium. Yannick explains how he and Danill approached this new recording of the Rhapsody: "It was very important for Daniil and I to have all the very small details and the interplay between the orchestra and the piano really apparent and coherent and very chamber-music-like because there's relatively few long lines and melodies in this piece. It's all about the micro events until we get to the famous 18th variation, where everything becomes this incredible melody. But up to that point, I think the vivacity of the playing is just to reflect the vivacity of the writing. and hopefully this is what the people will get from listening to it."
"Daniil is … a genius," Yannick continues. "Quite simply. But in the Rachmaninov, there is a feeling when he sits at the piano and starts playing that we are in the presence of Rachmaninoff himself. Now, it's hard to explain. Some people explain it because [Rachmaninoff] was born in Russia and then was very quickly abroad and felt maybe the nostalgia of living in the U.S. and being nostalgic about his home country. I think nowadays the world is very, very different than in Rachmaninov's time. And I think it's not only this that can explain his special feeling. But [Trifonov] has the complete vocabulary of the music which is not only the virtuosity and the power but also the most delicate moments, almost like a feather. And when we listen to Rachmaninov's own recordings - it's striking, all that contrast he has in his playing, and think Daniil is the same. And that was just … I felt a really, really great match with my orchestra."
As you listen to this new Rachmaninov recording, you'll quickly get the sense that this Great Russian composer had a gift for taking another composer's theme and making it his own. Yannick agrees. "I have to say that listening to the recording as a whole - this is what I had in my mind," he says. "I'm just thinking all of a sudden, 'Oh, yes. This is one of those composers who could really take one idea and transform it endlessly.' But also - maybe my favorite moment of the recording … it's not that it's not the Paganini Variations where I'm participating … but in the rest of the recording, the solo portion. I think the Chopin variations are especially beautiful and touching. And it takes already a very simple yet absolute masterpiece from Chopin and brings it to even greater or more detailed, finer layers of emotional feelings and context. And I think this is really a remarkable tribute to the genius of Rachmaninov."
Daniil Trifonov's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia's composers, poets, artists, dramatists and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. Internationally released today, November 2020, Silver Age illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country's history with works by three of its most pioneering composers.
The Russian pianist's new album, which will be available in double disc and e-album formats, includes Scriabin's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor Op.20, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.16 and Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka. The tracklist also comprises Stravinsky's Serenade and excerpts from The Firebird (arranged for piano by Agosti), together with Prokofiev's Sarcasmes Op.17, Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat major Op.84 and the "Gavotte" from 3 Pieces from "Cinderella" Op.95 No.2.
After the highly acclaimed album "Destination Rachmaninov – Departure" Daniil Trifonov concludes his Rachmaninov project on 11 October 2019 with his new album "Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival". For this occasion, DG will release a 4 LP Gatefold set exclusively as D2C product, which will include all 4 Piano Concertos by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov.
In addition to the Piano Concertos, this album features a selection of Daniil Trifonov's own Rachmaninov transcriptions including Rachmaninov's famous "Vocalise" and virtuosic "The Silver Sleigh Bells". Finally, the product features an unreleased track of the heart-rending "Vocalise" in an exclusively long version.
As a teenager, Daniil Trifonov absorbed lessons from the recordings of Sergei Rachmaninov, lessons that fed the creative process of his latest Deutsche Grammophon project, Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, the first of two albums comprising Trifonov's cycle of the great Russian composer's piano concertos. Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, set for release on October 12, 2018, features Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, along with Rachmaninov's solo piano transcriptions of three movements from Bach's Violin Partita in E major. Together with its upcoming October 2019 sequel Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival, which contains Concertos Nos. 1 and 3, Trifonov's new album documents a journey of artistic exploration made in company with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who have a special, historical connection to Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov first performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its then Music Director Leopold Stokowski in 1913 as a soloist in his own Third Piano Concerto and returned many times as pianist and conductor before his death thirty years later.
Pianist Daniil Trifonov's latest Deutsche Grammophon album captures the magic of Chopin's music and traces its influence through the works of five other composers. Chopin Evocations is set for release on October 6, and Trifonov will perform in the United States throughout October and November. On this double-disc set, Trifonov performs Chopin's two piano concertos and a selection of some of his earliest and latest solo works as well as tributes to Chopin by Grieg, Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Barber. This recording features world premiere recordings of new orchestrations of the Piano Concertos by Trifonov's fellow pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev, who conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in these renditions.
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Daniil Trifonov is one of the few pianists to have recorded Liszt's concert Études in one concentrated period and the first to record them in full for Deutsche Grammophon. He set down his visionary interpretations within the space of five days, a feat in keeping with the tireless energy and superhuman spirit of Liszt himself. Trifonov's approach to Liszt is informed by the legacy of the Russian school of piano playing in which he was raised and by his profound understanding of the composer's musical language. "Liszt's technical virtuosity is just a means to evoke extremes of emotion," observes Trifonov. "His daring harmonic and structural innovations revealed new horizons for emotional and psychological expression in music. His compositions can be described as dynamic depictions of the spiritual experiences of a Romantic soul."
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Daniil Trifonov's latest recording for Deutsche Grammophon, released on August 28, 2015, pays homage to his musical idol, Sergei Rachmaninov, as the 24-year-old Russian artist connects with the soul and spirit of his fellow countryman's art. Rachmaninov Variations, his first studio album, unlocks the romance, energy and sheer virtuosity of the fiendishly difficult Variations on a Theme of Chopin and Variations on a Theme of Corelli, both ideal showpieces for this young pianist's talents. By way of a perfect interlude between these two classics of the solo piano repertoire comes the world premiere recording of Trifonov's own Rachmaniana, created as a tribute to the legendary pianist-composer.
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For Daniil Trifonov, January 28 marks the U.S. release of Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, his debut album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist. Last February – the day before his sold-out main-stage Carnegie Hall recital debut –the young Russian pianist signed with the illustrious label, and the first release of their new partnership is a live recording of that performance. Capturing his accounts of Liszt's formidable B-minor Sonata, Scriabin's "Sonata-Fantasy" in G-sharp minor, Chopin's 24 Preludes, and, as an encore, the second of Medtner's Four Fairy Tales, the new disc has already scored a multitude of rave reviews in Europe; Germany's Bayerischer Rundfunk spoke for many in observing: "At 21, Daniil Trifonov has already cultivated a pianistic freedom that…will probably remain out of most pianists' reach all their lives." The U.S. release is timed to coincide with Trifonov's return to Carnegie Hall on February 6, when he will play Schumann's Symphonic Etudes alongside works by Ravel, Debussy, and Stravinsky. The same program serves as the vehicle for his Symphony Center recital debut, presented by the Chicago Symphony, three days later (Feb 9).
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