Released in conjunction with the his new book Fire On All Sides (published by Quercus), this is the soundtrack to James Rhodes’ intimate exploration of what it’s like to be a celebrated pianist embarking on a world tour, when you have multiple voices jostling in your head, sabotaging your happiness and sapping your confidence.
James Rhodes writes:
“So in 2016 I did an extensive tour of around twenty cities in a few short weeks. I wrote a book about it called Fire on All Sides and this recording is the soundtrack to that book. Like every other area of my life, it’s heavily based on fantasy. A huge thanks for all of those who came to the gigs and to these immense composers for supplying the meds and tools required to put out the fire.”
“There is real pain in the pivotal chords that shift the mood in the last movement of Beethoven’s piano sonata No. 31 in A flat major; aching tenderness and stately grandeur in two Chopin nocturnes… and glorious triumph against the odds in Rachmaninov’s prelude in D flat minor” – The Observer ★★★★
“Just try withstanding its heart-melting properties. Just try.” – Primephonic
“He commendably follows the MS staccato opening…and prolongs the musical argument masterly” – International Piano
“Fire on All Sides is the soundtrack to James Rhodes’s intimate expression of what it is like to be a celebrated pianist embarking on a world tour” – Northern Echo