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Timo Andres (b. 1985)
Timo Andres, piano
Metropolis Ensemble, orchestra
Andrew Cyr, conductor
Home Stretch is the highly anticipated new recording by the acclaimed twenty-seven-year old composer/pianist. Andres combines the newly composed title work with two reinventions of works by musical heroes, Mozart and Brian Eno. The New York City-based chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble, led by conductor Andrew Cyr, performs on the album, with the composer on piano.
Home Stretch was written for pianist David Kaplan and was conceived as a companion piece to Mozart's Piano Concerto, No. 12, K. 414. Andres wanted the piece to reflect the musical resonance of Mozart and his friend Kaplan's personality. Andres notes, "I knew I wanted Home Stretch to have something to do with fast cars, which David is obsessively interested in. The piece is in three large sections that gradually accelerate: beginning in almost total stasis, working up to an off-kilter dance with stabbing accents and ushering in a sturm-und-drang cadenza that riles itself up into a perpetual-motion race to the finish. However, there are always little 'smudges' of music from each section in the others, sometimes fitting into their new context, sometimes balefully interrupting."
Also on the album is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 26 in D, "Coronation," completed by Andres. A virtuosic improviser, Mozart left much of the solo part unwritten as he expected to play the piece himself. In particular, the left hand is mostly absent from the original manuscript. Pianists generally play from a completed score that adds simple accompaniment patterns and harmonies for the left hand, but Andres's treatment of the concerto takes a wholly different approach. He inserts his own voice into the left hand and ends the work with newly written cadenzas.
The recording ends with Andres' Eno Paraphrase. Already an influential force in popular music history, Brian Eno is increasingly gaining recognition from classical composers. In Eno Paraphrase, Andres focuses on Eno's albums Before and After Science and Another Green World. He builds what he terms, "a 19th-century style 'orchestral paraphrase' on the subject of Eno's music."
Producer: David Frost
Recording engineer: Charlie Post
Editing and mixing engineers: David Frost and Tim Martyn
Mastering engineer: Tim Martyn
ReviewsThe results provide thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today. - NPR