Prolific and critically acclaimed composer Johann Johannsson releases his Deutsche Grammophon debut album. 'Orphee' is his highly anticipated new studio album - the first in 6 years!
Johannsson's genre-blending score represents all facets of his previous works - from intimate string quartet pieces, to large string orchestra works, featuring electronics, drones, organ, piano, choir, as well as enigmatic shortwave broadcasts to create an evocative and immersive sound.
'Orphee' is a melancholic, yet optimistic musical journey inspired by the Orpheus myth - Orpheus rising from the underworld, trying to escape darkness into the light.
Max Richter's emotive and minimal score to Damon Lindelof's TV series about a post-apocalyptic global event where 2% of the world's population disappears without explanation.
Richter's approach explores the feelings of the protagonist's family, the Garveys, through intimate, small scale music.
He tackles this psychological landscape by bringing a ritual quality to the score, while themes of departure and loss are represented by a sense of sonic decay, relying on the instrumentation of a few sustained tones on pianos, harps and celesta.
Max Richter is a classically trained composer that defies boundaries. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music and finishing his studies under the tutelage of avant-garde composer Luciano Berio in Florence, Richter's career has followed many paths.
His musical output ranges from ballets (Wayne MacGregor's Infra), reinventions of classical works (Vivaldi's Four Seasons), collaborations with The Future Sound Of London, Roni Size and Vashti Bunyan to writing scores for film and TV (Waltz With Bashir, Lost and Found, Last Days on Mars) and solo work (Memoryhouse, The Blue Notebooks, 24 Postcards In Full Colour).
"This might just be the most beautiful sounding score of 2014." Soundtrack Geek "For every moment of sheer beauty, there's another of desolation and these contrast so well, the extremes of each simply exaggerating the effect of the other.
I can't remember the last time I heard music this good." Movie-Wave 5* "Listen to this score, because you will not forget it." Soundtrack Dreams