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In this 250th anniversary year of Beethoven's birth, Christopher Tignor has created a completely original approach to the theme of "Ode to Joy." Slowing the theme to a glacial crawl and resetting the tune amidst new harmonies, this vision of joy is one of yearning and nostalgia better suited for these troubled times. Tignor explains "My approach to the work was to take Beethoven's well-known theme and use it verbatim (without the last, repeated phrases) as the upper melodic voice of a piano part that forms the backbone of my piece, surrounding it with strings, electronics, and percussion. I wanted to utterly reimagine the triumphant exuberance of this theme in a setting that acknowledges the yearning, fragile qualities of joy. The new harmonies and glacial tempo produces a new, yearning study on finding and holding onto joy during these challenging times."
WRF creates sounds like not many out there, and each release holds it's own fingerprint, but this one is particularly special in it's more still and minimal nature. Some of this reminds me of Johann Johannsson's finest soundtracks (in particular Movement II) but all of it is pure beauty, and light with interspersed shadows to keep it interesting and multilayered just as the clouds drift overhead and block out the sun for a moment, the rays will beam down again as soon as the shadow passes. Joe Borreson