Jonathan Harvey ‘Tombeau de Messiaen’


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A special anniversary album to celebrate Jonathan Harvey's 60th birthday. In an exclusive world premiere recording, virtuoso pianist Philip Mead interprets Tombeau de Messiaen for piano and tape, Harvey's recent homage to the French composer, where the piano is continuously transformed by the swirling harmonic interactions and distortions of its ghostly tape counterpart. Also for the first time on a digital release is 4 Images After Yeats the epic piano solo composition inspired by Yeats' mystical poems. The Purgatory theme is explored using fragments of music from the past (Bach, Liszt, Schoenberg,...) which weave in and out this dense and breathtaking score; a definite tour de force by Philip Mead. These piano compositions are intercut by two 'classic' Harvey tape pieces Ritual Melodies and the sublime Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco both of which have been remixed by Harvey specially for this release. Built around the themes of Death and Rebirth and spanning a range from 1969 to 1999, this CD is an essential tribute to one of the most significant composers of our times. Credits: Philip Mead: piano - recorded at The Vestry Hall, London. Engineered and edited by Mike Willox. Produced by Jonathan Harvey. TRACK LIST: 1. TOMBEAU DE MESSIAEN (8:35) for piano and tape 2. MORTUOS PLANGO, VIVOS VOCO (9:10) for 8 channel tape FOUR IMAGES AFTER YEATS for piano 3. I (0:45) 4. II (2:05) 5. III (2:20) 6. IV (16:15) 7. RITUAL MELODIES (13:00) for quardaphonic tape Also available as downloads: Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen - Jonathan Harvey & Philip Mead