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Chopin & Bach: Vitamin C

James Rhodes (piano)
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Label: Signum Classics
Recording details: August 2022
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Tim Oldham
Engineered by Mike Hatch & Tom Lewington
Release date: March 2023
Total duration: 69 minutes 48 seconds

A programme of Chopin and Bach—including a new transcription by Vikingur Ólafsson—representing music close to the soul of the performer.

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It’s been a while since my last album and I have chosen to record a few of the pieces that have had the most impact on me and given me the most comfort. God knows we all need a shot of something right now, and these pieces combine to form a monster dose of Vitamin C for the soul.

Listening to Pogorelić playing Chopin’s 3rd Scherzo at the Chopin competition, Gould keeping me company in the middle of the night with the B flat minor Prelude and Fugue or Sokolov performing the rarely played Impromptu in London have been defining moments in my life, in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Every piece on this album has a similar story of inspiration and hope for me. Choosing the photo of mini me for the cover is my, perhaps slightly melodramatic, way of recognising that without this music, these musicians, the miracle of the 88 keys of a piano and a recording studio, my life would have been a pale imitation of the miracle that it has turned out to be.

James Rhodes © 2023

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