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Love Sublime (with Renée Fleming)

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  • I Still Play, an album of eleven new solo piano compositions written by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch Records, is now available. The pieces were written in honor of the label's longtime President Bob Hurwitz on the occasion of his 2017 shift into the Chairman Emeritus role. This "all-star collection" (Financial Times) features works by John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Timo Andres, Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Brad Mehldau, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, and Randy Newman, performed by Andres, Mehldau, Newman, and Jeremy Denk. A new video of Andres performing his own piece, "Wise Words," on which you can follow along in the score, is also available here.

  • Brad Mehldau was on The WTF Bach Podcast to talk with host Evan Shinners about a range of topics, not least Bach. Mehldau is "one of the foremost pianists alive," says host Evan Shinners. "He is without doubt, one of the most influential, one of the most imitated, and certainly one of the most unique musicians around. And I could spend as much time speaking about his accomplishments, his merits as I did talking to him, but I won't because our conversation is much more interesting." You can hear that conversation here.

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    Love Sublime originated as a commission from the Carnegie Hall Corporation, composed expressly for Fleming—along with Mehldau—to perform at Zankel Hall, where it was premiered in May 2005. Most of the songs draw their texts from two collections of poems: The Blue Estuaries by Louise Bogan and The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke. The text of the title track, “Love Sublime,” was written by the Dutch singer/lyricist Fleurine.

    “It was a great pleasure to work with Renee," said Mehldau. "I wrote the music, but she brought it to life."

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Brad Mehldau, piano
    Renée Fleming, vocals

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Steven Epstein
    Recorded January 10–11, 2006, at SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center, Purchase, NY
    Engineered by Todd Whitelock
    Assistant Engineer: Jim Yates
    Additional Engineering: Richard King
    Stage Manager: Andrew Ryder
    Mixed by Todd Whitelock at Sony Music Studios, New York, NY
    Mastered by Todd Whitelock and Steven Epstein at Sony Music Studios
    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

    Music by Brad Mehldau; text by Rainer Maria Rilke (1-7), Louise Bogan (8-10), Fleurine (11)

    Design by Barbara de Wilde
    Photography by Michael Wilson

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 04:00
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This Mehldau-composed, Carnegie Hall–commissioned song cycle ponders Rainer Marie Rilke’s early poetry. The New York Times says, "it succeeds handsomely as a showcase for Ms. Fleming, and as an example of Mr. Mehldau's deft calibration of pretense and personality."

Description: 

Love Sublime originated as a commission from the Carnegie Hall Corporation, composed expressly for Fleming—along with Mehldau—to perform at Zankel Hall, where it was premiered in May 2005. Most of the songs draw their texts from two collections of poems: The Blue Estuaries by Louise Bogan and The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke. The text of the title track, “Love Sublime,” was written by the Dutch singer/lyricist Fleurine.

“It was a great pleasure to work with Renee," said Mehldau. "I wrote the music, but she brought it to life."

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Steven Epstein
Recorded January 10–11, 2006, at SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center, Purchase, NY
Engineered by Todd Whitelock
Assistant Engineer: Jim Yates
Additional Engineering: Richard King
Stage Manager: Andrew Ryder
Mixed by Todd Whitelock at Sony Music Studios, New York, NY
Mastered by Todd Whitelock and Steven Epstein at Sony Music Studios
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Music by Brad Mehldau; text by Rainer Maria Rilke (1-7), Louise Bogan (8-10), Fleurine (11)

Design by Barbara de Wilde
Photography by Michael Wilson

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79952

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 04:00
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Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597995220BUN
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MP3
UPC: 
075597995268
Price: 
8.00
Artist Name: 
Brad Mehldau
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MUSICIANS
Brad Mehldau, piano
Renée Fleming, vocals

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