Timo Andres: The Blind Banister album evaluation – unique, arresting and eclectic

Timo Andres: The Blind Banister album evaluation – unique, arresting and eclectic

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Like plenty of US composers of the thirtysomething technology, Timo Andres takes the minimalism of John Adams and Philip Glass as the start line for his eclectic musical language. However as proven by the solo piano Colourful Historical past, which Andres himself performs because the centrepiece to this assortment, his music explores a much wider musical panorama.

The solo piece, a chaconne of accelerating complexity, is framed by two concertos: The Blind Banister for piano from 2017 (composed for Jonathan Biss, however with Andres because the soloist right here) and Upstate Obscura for cello. The piano concerto (Andres’s third for the instrument) was commissioned as a part of a sequence impressed by Beethoven’s 5 examples: for Andres, the pairing was with the second piano concerto, however there’s no trace of Beethovenian pastiche or allusion in his music. As an alternative the work begins nearly like one among Glass’s piano research, although when the orchestra enters it shortly veers off into territory that could be very a lot Andres’s personal.

In its very totally different approach, Upstate Obscura, for chamber orchestra and cello, is simply as unique and arresting. Andres by no means shies away from permitting the solo cello to do what it inherently does so nicely: launch long-limbed expressive melody, whereas the orchestra provides it with a glinting, pulsing backdrop. And the soloist, Inbal Segev, clearly relishes the lyrical alternatives Andres offers him. It’s a extremely achieved disc all spherical.

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