James Rhodes – Fire On All Sides (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

James Rhodes – Fire On All Sides (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:14:53 minutes | 2,54 GB | Genre: Classical
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Pianist, James Rhodes addresses his own personal demons in his classical music album entitled: Fire on All Side. He pays tribute to master composer such as Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninov to personify his own mental illness. Throughout this album listeners can hear Rhodes’ personal connection to the composer’s suffering and pain.

Released in conjunction with the his new book of the same name, Fire On All Sides is the soundtrack to James Rhodes’ intimate exploration of what it’s like to be a celebrated pianist embarking on a world tour, when you have multiple voices jostling in your head, sabotaging your happiness and sapping your confidence.

Jarvis Cocker has called James Rhodes’s forthcoming book Fire on All Sides – his account of a concert tour accompanied by his ever-present personal demons – “hysterical, harrowing, honest”. Now we can hear the music in all its hysterical, harrowing and honest reality: the Bach, Chopin, Beethoven and Rachmaninov that kept Rhodes from going under. There is real pain in the pivotal chords that shift the mood in the last movement of Beethoven’s piano sonata No 31 in A flat major; aching tenderness and stately grandeur in two Chopin nocturnes (B major, Op 62 No 1 and C minor, Op 48 No 1) and glorious triumph against the odds in Rachmaninov’s prelude in D flat minor, Op 32 No 13.

01 – J.S. Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier I: No. 1, Prelude in C Major, BWV 846
02 – Frédéric Chopin: Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49
03 – Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61
04 – Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
05 – Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto
06 – Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo-Allegro ma non troppo
07 – Chopin: Nocturne No.17 in B Major, Op. 62: No. 1, Andante
08 – Chopin: Nocturne No.13 in C Minor, Op. 48: No. 1, Lento
09 – Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 5, Appassionato in E-Flat Minor
10 – Rachmaninov: 13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 13, Grave in D-Flat Minor
11 – Puccini (arr. Yvar Mikhashoff): Gianni Schicchi, SC 88: “O mio babbino caro”

James Rhodes – piano