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Timo Andres's "Home Stretch" Streaming in Full As NPR First Listen

  • Monday, July 22, 2013
    Timo Andres's "Home Stretch" Streaming in Full As NPR First Listen

    Composer/pianist Timo Andres's new album, Home Stretch, is due out next week, July 30, on Nonesuch Records. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it. The album is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen at npr.org/music. On the new album, Andres pairs the newly composed title work with two reinventions of works by musical heroes Mozart and Brian Eno: Mozart "Coronation" Concerto Re-Composition and Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno. The New York City-based chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr, performs on the album, with the composer on piano. Home Stretch is available to pre-order on CD in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive print of the first page of the Home Stretch score, autographed by the composer.

    Andres nods to the seemingly disparate influences on the album to create "thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today," says NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas, starting with the "inspiring musical launching pad" of the Mozart concerto.

    The album's title piece, written by Andres in 2008, "brims with rhythmic play and crackling energy," Tsioulcas concludes, "but it also dips into intimate interplay between soloist and orchestra—still vibrant, but all the more intense for its closely held energy."

    Read more and listen to the complete album at npr.org/music.

    Timo Andres will celebrate the release of Home Stretch with a special event at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City on Tuesday, July 30. The free event features a discussion with Andres, artist/book designer Peter Mendslund, and The New Yorker's Leo Carey, about the "anxiety of influences" and the ways in which the artists' hope to remain faithful to a tradition while making it their own. Andres will also perform some at the piano. For details, visit housingworks.org.

on July 22, 2013 - 10:45am
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Timo Andres's new album, Home Stretch, is due out next week, July 30, and is streaming in full till then as an NPR First Listen. The album pairs the newly composed title work with reinventions of works by Mozart and Brian Eno, creating "thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today," says NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas. The title piece "brims with rhythmic play and crackling energy, but it also dips into intimate interplay between soloist and orchestra—still vibrant, but all the more intense for its closely held energy." 

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Composer/pianist Timo Andres's new album, Home Stretch, is due out next week, July 30, on Nonesuch Records. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it. The album is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen at npr.org/music. On the new album, Andres pairs the newly composed title work with two reinventions of works by musical heroes Mozart and Brian Eno: Mozart "Coronation" Concerto Re-Composition and Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno. The New York City-based chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr, performs on the album, with the composer on piano. Home Stretch is available to pre-order on CD in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive print of the first page of the Home Stretch score, autographed by the composer.

Andres nods to the seemingly disparate influences on the album to create "thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today," says NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas, starting with the "inspiring musical launching pad" of the Mozart concerto.

The album's title piece, written by Andres in 2008, "brims with rhythmic play and crackling energy," Tsioulcas concludes, "but it also dips into intimate interplay between soloist and orchestra—still vibrant, but all the more intense for its closely held energy."

Read more and listen to the complete album at npr.org/music.

Timo Andres will celebrate the release of Home Stretch with a special event at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City on Tuesday, July 30. The free event features a discussion with Andres, artist/book designer Peter Mendslund, and The New Yorker's Leo Carey, about the "anxiety of influences" and the ways in which the artists' hope to remain faithful to a tradition while making it their own. Andres will also perform some at the piano. For details, visit housingworks.org.

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Timo Andres: "Home Stretch" [cover]

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