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