..while doing something else - as one does. Someone was being interviewed - drugs, self abuse - didn't pay any attention. And then some of the most extraordinary piano playing I have heard in a long time. I listened enthralled to the end. Heard a reference to a forthcoming CD and rushed to Amazon to order it.
Rhodes is a very talented player. His Bach and Chopin were a revelation - and I have heard both pieces so many times it is hard to believe I could find anything new - but Rhodes found it.
So - a strong recommendation. I shall be seeking out a live performance - and future CDs.
i bought this cd because a friend recommended it and i am so glad she did! i used to listen to classical music when i was younger...my mum was into it...but never paid that much attention. now listening to james play, it reminds me of my youth, being a young girl and not having to think about much in life. how things can be quite simple and easy to overcome. i can't believe i got all this from bach, chopin and james rhodes. a big thumbs up!
Brilliant pianist, James Rhodes's first album is packaged like an alternative indie album but perhaps we shouldn't judge a CD by its cover. What matters is how it sounds. And you'll find no complaints from me here. The music is sublime - you marvel at its beauty as much as you marvel at the playing.
If James Rhodes,attracts more young listeners to this kind of music, that can only be good, but die-hard Classical enthusiasts will find nothing to displease them either. He is more than a 'gateway' performer, opening the door to other more conventionally marketed performers. He is rapidly becoming one of the greats himself.
Also, follow him on Twitter at @JRhodespianist - he's a right laugh.
I am a big fan of Bach and James Rhodes interpretations are by far the best I have heard - ever. Played with such depth and feeling, i can feel the emotion of each note in my body. James Rhodes who I recently discovered on Radio 4, is not only a breath of fresh air in his style and approach to Piano, but he plays like an angel. The french suite on this cd is exquisite. If you love Piano then you absolutely must listen to Rhodes playing. My only fear is that he will become so popular I may never get tickets to see him.