Fire on all Sides

£12.00

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.”

SKU: SIGCD494

James Rhodes


CATALOGUE NUMBER SIGCD494

BAR CODE 635212049426

RELEASE DATE 12/01/2018

The Observer ★★★★

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

Primephonic:

Just try withstanding its heart-melting properties. Just try.

Northern Echo:

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

Official Charts – Pick

TRACKLISTING

1 Prelude No. 1 in C Major from ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’, BWV 846 – Johann Sebastian Bach

2 Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49 – Frédéric Chopin

3 Polonaise-Fantasie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61 – Frédéric Chopin

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 – Ludwig van Beethoven

4 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

5 II. Allegro molto

6 III. Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro ma non troppo

7 Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62 No. 1 – Frédéric Chopin

8 Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1 – Frédéric Chopin

9 Étude in E-Flat Minor, Op. 39 No. 5 – Sergei Rachmaninov

10 Prelude in D-Flat Minor, Op. 32 No. 13 – Sergei Rachmaninov 

11“O mio babbino caro” from ‘Gianni Schicchi’ – Giacomo Puccini, arr. Mikhasho