Touch

Touch

17.99

Artist: Peter Gregson

Composer: Peter Gregson

Format: 1 CD + 1 Pure Audio Blu-ray

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Touch follows on from my previous album, Lights in the Sky. It comprises eight tracks for analogue synthesiser, cello, piano, and string orchestra. Where Lights in the Sky was saturated, sonically intense, almost ‘spoilt brat’-ish sound, Touch has a more refined palette of sounds. Composers are often asked what their music is about, especially with instrumental music such as this. To me, it sort of defeats the purpose and joy of listening to music. How do we interpret the emotion and meaning of music when we aren’t hand held through listening, or guided by a lyric? Just because music is slow, doesn’t mean that it is sad; just because it is fast, doesn’t make it happy. The same goes for tonality: major music isn’t intrinsically happy, minor music isn’t exclusively sad. Yes, these can be devices for eliciting an emotional response, but they are not in and of themselves complete. For me, this is the magic of music. Where it isn’t objectively about something, it becomes amorphous, changing shape and purpose to fit the ear and mind of the listener. It has many lives and many meanings, none of them right and none of them wrong.”

—Peter Gregson

 

Peter Gregson is a tremendously talented cellist and composer who is described by The New Yorker as “working at the forefront of the new music scene.” Incredibly versatile, Peter has worked on many successful and innovative projects despite being so young. He has premiered works by composers including Tod Machover, Daníel Bjarnason, Gabriel Prokofiev, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, and Sally Beamish. He also collaborates with many of the world’s leading technologists, including Microsoft Labs, United Visual Artists, Reactify and the MIT Media Lab. Peter’s debut album, Terminal, was released in 2010, followed by his Cello Multitracks consisting of compositions by Gabriel Prokofiev, released in 2012 on Prokofiev’s Nonclassical label. Lights in the Sky his second studio album, composed for cello, piano, and analogue synthesisers, was released at Imogen Heap's ‘Reverb Festival' in August 2014. Peter is featured soloist on Michael Price's debut album for Erased Tapes, Entanglement, which is released in Spring 2015. He recently completed scoring his first feature film, 'A Little Chaos' , directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, and he remains in demand for his work across film and television soundtracks. Spitfire Audio developed a sample library of Peter's extended techniques and sounds from his blue, five-string electric cello, all recorded at Pixel, his studio in London. 

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Track List

1. Found 6:08

2. Time 5:11 

3. Cycle 5:14

4. Chorale 4:56

5. Held 5:19

6. Touch 10:48

7. Turn 7:35

8. Lost 6:09


Total time: 51:18
Release date: August 28, 2015
UPC: 053479219121


Quotes & Reviews

‘Something lush with lots of despair’ was Peter Gregson’s aim for his second album… Job done, I’d say.

Peter Quantrill, The Strad

…voluptuous orchestrations of intimate, ruminative melodies.

Doyle Armbrust, WQXR

Produced and mixed in the 9.1 Auro-3D format, this sound is exceptionally clear and gives the listener a more profound listening experience that other stereo versions exclude….Gregson’s concepts for this 3D listening experience come through with amazing clarity and the changing shapes and textures of these songs is at the forefront of the new music scene.  Overall, Touch exemplifies the role of the cellist as a leading instrument in the classical music and new music repertoires.

Paula Edelstein, The Examiner

Sound ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Performance ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

From the first notes, the essence of 'Touch' is clear: embrace Gregson's melancholic world of color and do not leave indifferent. 

Tristan Renfrow, Primephonic

The music on this particular album is indeed very beautiful.

Brian Wigamn, Classical.net

Touch…is not your average classical recording.

Ron Schepper, Textura

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

It is refreshing to hear a new voice on the contemporary classical music scene that speaks so directly to us…Yes, beautiful music is still being created and this Sono Luminus disc brings it our way. I am not just overcome by this disc, I know that it will be in my car, my iPod, and every place in which I can address music for the foreseeable future. Highest recommendation.

Lawrence D. Devoe, Theater Byte

Peter Gregson is a tremendously talented cellist and composer…

Christopher George, XLR8R


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