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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing new voice, 1 Sep 2013
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Kirk McElhearn (Near Stratford-upon-Avon) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Home Stretch (Audio CD)
Timo Andres' Home Stretch shows a wide range of influences, yet offers a personal musical style. After Andres' first album, Shy and Mighty, a more minimalist collection of music for piano (with Andres and David Kaplan on pianos), Home Stretch is an album of varied works for piano and orchestra. The title track, Home Stretch, is an 18-minute piano concerto in one movement, broadly tonal work for piano and chamber orchestra. Using a technique from Ligeti, Andres uses multiple tempi simultaneously, have the solo part play in a different rhythm from the orchestra. The tempi increase as the work moves on, as does the density of the piano part, as the music leads to a mad rush. At times, the different tempi make it sound almost like the piano and orchestra are each playing unaware of the other, but they keep coming back together.

Following this work comes Andres' "completion" of Mozart's Coronation Piano Concerto, no 26. When Mozart wrote the score to this work, he left gaps; not only did he not specify tempi for parts of it, but he also left out the left-hand part for much of the work, as well as cadenzas. Andres plays his reading of this concerto, riffing from Mozart to Ives, making the work sound extremely modern. Purists may say that this is not Mozart, but if you listen with an open mind, you'll find a fresh interpretation of this work.

The final work on this disc is Andres' Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno, an orchestral medley of a number of songs from several Brian Eno albums of the 1970s and 80s. Those familiar with Eno's work will hear the different songs, "Stars," "Everything Merges with the Night," "Julie With...," "Spirits Drifting," and "By this River," but others may simply be carried away by the almost naive simplicity and attractive melodies of this work.

This is a very interesting album by a promising young composer who shows here that his range of work is vast and not limited to any specific school or trend in music.
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