RICHARD REED PARRY - MUSIC FOR HEART AND BREATH

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RICHARD REED PARRY
MUSIC FOR HEART AND BREATH

Richard Reed Parry · Nico Muhly
Bryce Dessner · Aaron Dessner
yMusic · Kronos Quartet a.o.
Int. Release 09 Jun. 2014
1 CD / Download
0289 479 3061 7 CD DDD GH
2 LPs DDD GH2


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Richard Reed Parry
YMusic

YMusic, Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Caroline Shaw, Hideaki Aomori, Caleb Burhans, Shawn Conley, Amelia Lukas, Clarice Jensen, Yuki Numata, Courtney Orlando, Annaliesa Place, Arthur Sato, Brian Snow, Richard Reed Parry

Interruptions (Heart And Breath Nonet)

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1:23

Interruptions (Heart And Breath Nonet)

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2:13

Interruptions (Heart And Breath Nonet)

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3:30

Interruptions (Heart And Breath Nonet)

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1:39

Interruptions (Heart And Breath Nonet)

Interruptions (Heart And Breath Nonet)

Interruptions (Heart And Breath Nonet)

YMusic, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry

Nadia Sirota, Richard Reed Parry

Kronos Quartet

Durée totale de lecture 1:05:25

. . . Richard Reed Parry explores particularly challenging musical avenues, and his new album, "Music for Heart and Breath" . . . proves to be extraordinarily enthralling and deceptively intricate . . . a fascinating concept . . . Parry's music throughout is immersive and profoundly soothing.

There is a palpable aliveness to the performance that makes the makes the six pieces, written for different configurations, feel like a guided meditation. This is body music, unquestionably, and by the end of the album the music's subtle internal rhythms have reconfigured your own. Parry's touch as a composer is pensive and delicate. There are a few startling outbursts here and there, but they recede gracefully, and the overall impression is of groups of notes judiciously dotting vast white space rather than swarming the canvas. The mood is still, serene . . . In the "Heart and Breath Sextet", violins slide down some minor thirds, bent back like bamboo branches. Pianos push gently in the opposite direction with rising figures. It's the sound of sighs and chatter, a foyer filling up with arriving dinner guests -- but just as soon, these voices back away into silence again. The effect is mournful, muted; if Parry's method is skewed toward the sounds of humanity, his ear leads him away again into silence and emptiness. Each piece traces simple, profound gestures and then tapers away, leaving a troubling impression. Interruptions comprises seven miniatures, only one longer than four minutes: the plucked strings, guitars, and gracefully staggered woodwinds of "Sticks/Tension" hit the ear like a handful of pebbles splashed into a pond. "Duet for Heart and Breath" pairs Parry with yMusic's violist Nadia Sirota, who draws breath audibly before bowing some feather-soft harmonics. "Freeform Winds/String Drones" is just that, overlapping washes of sound that move in unpredictable surges. Parry's writing is shimmering, jewel-like . . . things happen in "Music for Heart and Breath" at roughly the same pace as they do in real life. There are no fixed points, just motion along a spectrum, and we never know exactly where we are. But the uncertainty, familiar as it is, is oddly soothing.

. . . a stunning record.

Simple yet fascinating pieces . . .

. . . a success, the influence of the body on the music making it sound positively alive.

. . . a haunting collection of moments with a pair of variations of the title track, captures humanity in ways literal and uncharted. Parry dreams in whole new contexts, his music emerging in an unlikely way . . . It's staggering hearing a heatbeat drive melody . . . For a rainy day, a slow afternoon or any time you want to dissolve, sink into "Music for Heart and Breath".

This is a pure and lovely idea for music-making, obvious in hindsight but almost total new . . . But the concept would hardly count for much if the music that resulted were not so bewitching. Parry's stochastic technique creates rich and rippling, yet oddly steady, textures that sound like the product of extremely elaborate, hard-to-execute notation, but come off as naturally as breathing, and with good reason. His writing marries the rock musician's knack for warm, affecting chord changes to a classical composer's ear for orchestral color and, in the longer works, sense for the structure and proportion of large-scale forms. This is sophisticated, satisfying stuff -- and a deeply pleasurable listen.

  • Watch a video for Richard Reed Parry´s new album "Music for Heart and Breath", to be released on Deuscthe Grammophon.

    "Music for Heart and Breath" is Richard Reed Parry´s debut as classical composer, drawing his influences from classical music, folk, and electronica.

    The concept behind Heart and Breath is that every musician involved in the piece generates his own tempo by listening to his/her pulse during the performance. Fragile and intimate, these stunningly created performance effects are the basis for this conceptual compositional approach.


  • Watch a video for Richard Reed Parry's new album "Music for Heart and Breath", to be released on Deutsche Grammophon, with French subtitles.


  • Watch a video for Richard Reed Parry's new album "Music for Heart and Breath", to be released on Deutsche Grammophon, with German subtitels.