Hélène Grimaud The Messenger Deutsche Grammophon French pianist Hélène Grimaud is a risk-taker and a concept-maker, creating albums that pull from different styles and eras, and push into place new understandings, new beginnings even – here, with The Messenger she seeks to compare and contrast Mozart with the contemporary classical composer Valentyn Silvestrov.
Roger and Brian Eno Mixing Colours Deutsche Grammophon The brothers have worked together over the years but this is their first full album as a duo. Both have worked extensively in ambient, even easy listening spaces – older brother Brian is better known of course but Roger has been prolific in recent years particularly; the […]
Anoushka Shankar Reflections Deutsche Grammophon We maybe don’t think much about the Greatest Hits album anymore – you grab what you need from wherever you are online; someone’s made a playlist if you haven’t. A YouTube run is easy enough – grab a few bites and move on.
Hildur Guðnadóttir Chernobyl [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Deutsche Grammophon One of my favourite albums of the year, and my favourite film score, was Hildur Guðnadóttir’s music for the film Joker. (I didn’t exactly like the film). But the must was sublime, both in the movie-watching experience and removed from it. Ahead of that I had […]
Ralph Towner My Foolish Heart Deutsche Grammophon/ECM One of my all-time favourite albums by anyone ever is Diary by Ralph Towner. What a beautiful and tranquil thing that is. And I found it because, on a whim, I was desperate for more Ralph Towner because, up to that point, and I guess beyond, one of […]
Max Richter Sleep Deutsche Grammaophon Easily my most played album of 2015 – easily, and yet it’s not, strictly an album. Here, Max Richter has created a soundtrack for sleep, but it’s more than just a settling score, it’s a musical evocation, a melodic translation of sleep. It’s a stretch – too (pardon the pun) […]
Daniil Trifonov and The Philadelphia Orchestra w/ Yannick Nezet-Seguin Rachmaninov Variations Deutsche Grammophon Here we have 73 individual pieces on one CD, Rachmaninov’s Variations, only a small handful of the pieces here dent the two-minute mark, most are just a few vital seconds but they fit together to form a whole; this isn’t a case […]