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Artist of the Week: Christopher Tignor – Thunder Lay Down in the Heart

Few have been as acclaimed by The Silent Ballet over the past decade as Christopher Tignor (Slow Six, Wires Under Tension), so expectations were understandably high for his second release under his own name. Thunder Lay Down in the Heart does not disappoint.

Thunder begins with the reading of a poem from John Ashbery (by Ashbery himself) and quickly proceeds to the album’s main work — the title track broken into three pieces. The second half of the album is a reworking of the first half at the hands of Tignor, and Rachel Grimes (of Rachel’s) on “First, Impressions.” “Thunder” mesmerizes like the best out of Slow Six’s catalog and takes the listener on a journey of truly epic proportions. Often overlooked in NYC burgeoning contemporary classical scene, Tignor’s compositions never fail to impress, and “Thunder” sees the composer outdoing himself once again. It is a bit of a surprise, then, that the album’s highlight lies in the forth track, “The Listening Machines,” in which Tignor showcases his most experimental track in recent memory. Although Wires of Tension certainly sees Tignor getting quite a workout in audio manipulation, “The Listening Machines” catapults the album to a new level that should be welcomed by fans of Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, and Daniel Lopatin.

Thunder succeeds on all fronts, and we’re again reminded why Christopher Tignor has become one of the forefront pioneers in modern instrumental music.

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Editor’s Note: Tignor’s interview @Textura comes highly recommend for those interested in the inner workings of the album.

Max Richter signs to Deutsche Grammophon

Max Richter has announced a new partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s oldest classical music label. The new deal encompasses new works and collaborations, as well as the release in April on Deutsche Grammophon of his best-selling solo albums Infra, 24 Postcards in Full Colour, Songs from Before and The Blue Notebooks. In addition, a new recording of Richter’s much-praised orchestral work Memoryhouse will appear in September.

Read more about the partnership here.

Parma Recordings: February + March Releases

New & Contemporary Classial Label Parma Recordings has posted tracks from its February + March releases on the Navona + Ravello imprints. Check out samples below the cut. Continue reading