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  • Conductor: Richard Anthony Jay
  • Composer: Richard Anthony Jay
  • Audio CD (17 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Burning Petals Records
  • ASIN: B00274ZL74
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Washington Subway 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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As a debut album, This is What I Live For has attracted high profile special guests including, Grammy-award winner Davy Spillane on 'Gone...but not Forgotten'. Spillane's uilleann pipes add a haunting and dramatic touch to the track, making it stand out amongst the more classical, ambient pieces on the album. Musicians from renowned Hallé orchestra, Britain's longest-established symphony orchestra, also feature on almost all of the album tracks. Their superb musicianship bring Richard s intricate compositions to life.


Here's a smashing neo classical CD by a fella called Richard Anthony Jay. It's called 'This Is What I Live For' and it's a fine example of beautiful chamber music. Lots of strings and pianos combine to make some really gorgeously moving arrangements. It's very emotive indeed and I'm reminded of folks like Yann Tiersen, Michael Nyman and Max Richter with the way the music builds and flows. It's all very maudlin and it's making me weep all over the huge pie I'm eating. Actually that's not strictly true (it's only a small pie....) but it's a highly emotive collection of pieces. If you're into neo classical gear then this is a must!! He's been making music for 20 years and here's his debut album so you know when someone spends that long on a record it's going to be worth it! --Norman Records

It's no secret that modern classical has received a shot in the arm in the last few years from a group of young, innovative artists producing provocative, tantalizing music. Richard Anthony Jay's debut fits in comfortably with this group, but the dramatic twist is that at the age of thirty-six, Jay doesn't share the same youthfulness of his peers. Jay has spent the last two decades in the music industry in one form or another and has experienced the ups and downs of financial success and artistic dissatisfaction. This is What I Live For is informed by the artist's personal struggles and benefits from it in terms of maturity. Jay successfully crafts an album of great instrumental dexterity and narrative prowess that should easily enchant admirers of the genre. Recommended for fans of Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi, and Olafur Arnalds. --The Silent Ballet

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. P. Latham on 4 Feb. 2010
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This CD is a fantastic work of art. Beautiful string arrangements contrast fragile and bleak piano interludes.
It sounds wonderfully mournful and reminds me of Clint Mansell's epic compositions for films like The Fountain.

Definately worth picking up. I haven't stopped listening to it for days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martand on 6 Jan. 2010
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Well i took a punt on Mr Jay and i was fully expecting to curse wasting another tenner that i could have exchanged for 16 vienesse whirls, but hold on - it's good!!. Any fans of Johannsson, Richter etc should likkee very much.
Mr Jay says he is a minamlist who gets easily bored which sums up his music pretty well.
No duds on here, all the tracks rock along and know where they are going and get there quick with zero fuss.
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By Zetetik on 20 Mar. 2015
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Headphone Commute Review 19 Dec. 2009
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This beautiful release may be Richard Anthony Jay's debut album but he is not some fresh, precocious new talent that's popped up out of nowhere. Richard has been working in the music industry for 20 of his 37 years. He's worked as a studio engineer in London, arranged pop songs for a variety of artists, and written music for advertising and TV. After a lifelong love-hate relationship with the business, he finally decided to strike out on his own. Richard tends to get lumped together with people like Max Richter and Ólafur Arnalds under the "neo-classical" label and he is obviously trying quite consciously to position himself in that camp. But the fact is that he stands quite apart from them. Although he cites Dead Can Dance, the Cocteau Twins and Michael Nyman as major influences, Richard's music is unabashedly classical. I mean straight-ahead, old-school classical. Like they used to write in Vienna 300 years ago. OK, maybe not quite, but almost. You could mistake some of the music here for chamber music pieces by one of the grand masters of the romantic era. Many of the recent crop of modern classical composers, including Richter and Arnalds, have successfully mixed genres, i.e. crossed classical with electronic or ambient music. And their music tends to be relatively minimal compared to the old classics. If that's what you're expecting when you put this album on, you might initially be put off. There's not a single glitch, synth pad, stab of white noise or field recording to be found. Just warm, clear and untreated strings and piano, and beautiful romantic music. About as far as Richard goes outside these bounds is to add a splash of reverb here and there to provide a bit of ambiance. But even this is done with great discretion. I saw a tweet from Ólafur Arnalds the other day saying that he was about to record some Rhodes parts for his new album. That's just something that seems so alien to the world of This Is What I Live For. In the Beginning sets the tone for the album with a full and emotive string section laying the foundation for a passionate solo violin passage, with the piano joining in to bolster the bottom end. Members of the Hallé, Britain's longest-established professional orchestra, are featured on almost every track, bringing the compositions to life. While the romantic style may initially put you on the defensive, if you put aside your preconceptions and give this music a second chance, it'll draw you into its warm embrace. You have to just decide to let go and enjoy the feast that's set before you. Pieces like 25th March 1996 and Fragile are simply gorgeous and you have to be a Grinch not to be touched by them. Frankly, it's a surprise that Richard Anthony Jay waited this long to let the rest of us in on his secret. But This Is What I Live For is notable for its maturity and grace so maybe he picked just the right time.
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