Jóhann Jóhannsson — Arrival (Deutsche Grammophone)
The presses had
barely cooled when Jóhann
his second album for Deutsche Grammophone, his score to the science-fiction
suspense drama Arrival. If not as
immediately attractive as Orphee, the
dronier tracks on that album model the brew from which much of this music is
For Jóhannsson, especially where this film score
is concerned, drone has become more than just a point of entry; it determines
the course of the music, each drone is replete with microdetails that shape the
way the sounds unfold around and through it. “Hazmat,” one of this album’s most
successful tracks, transfers the drone to the middle and upper registers,
adorning it with infinitesimal dynamic changes, expanding microtonal trills,
rumbling electronic sweeps and sustains.
Everything bolsters the percussive string effects and wide vibrato that
infect the pitch spectrum like a virus, portending the track’s bassy eruption
and distorted decay. It is a stunning display of aleatoric
compositional prowess, and the recording captures every detail with chilling
grammy nominated pianist YUJA WANG photo by ESTHER HAASE, courtesy of DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON. YUJA, a pianist that is pushing both the boundaries of classical music and fashion. new album Fantasia is coming this April, have a listen here
Rufus Wainwright announces new Shakespeare inspired album
Rufus Wainwright celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in typically dramatic fashion by releasing a unique collection of nine sonnets in stunning performances by both actors and vocalists. Set for release on 22 April on Deutsche Grammophon, it also marks the first collaboration between Rufus and Marius de Vries since they co-produced the epic Want albums.
The performers on this new recording include vocalists Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Anna Prohaska and, of course, Rufus himself, as well as actors Siân Phillips, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner.