Tuesday - An exclusive on Classic Newsnight this evening. Mike Oldfield talks to Classic FM ahead of the release of his first classical album called Music of the Spheres. The man behind the enormously successful album, Tubular Bells, reveals what it's been like to work on this latest project with Karl Jenkins. We'll also be exclusively previewing the new work which comes out in the autumn.
'MUSIC OF THE SPHERES' Mike Oldfield has always been famed for his unconventional approach to music. Throughout his career he has consistently broken musical boundaries, and with Music of the Spheres he continues to do so. Taking influences from Holst and Rachmaninov as much as Steve Reich or William Orbit, this piece is classical in nature, but yet is also immediately identifiable as classic Mike Oldfield.
Using a full concert orchestra and choir, and with solo parts from Mike himself on guitar, legendary soprano Hayley Westenra and renowned pianist Lang Lang
[/color], this is a work with huge emotional and musical scope. And whilst the piece was entirely conceived, produced and written by Mike, in order to translate his ideas into traditional classical notation arranged for musicians to play, he turned to popular modern classical composer Karl Jenkins.
The title of the piece is a reference to something that Mike feels strongly: that all music should aim to represent the spriritual, or otherworldly elements of life: something beyond the mundane and everyday.
In this he has clearly succeeded. Music of the Spheres is by turns epic, tender, mournful and triumphant. It is the work of a composer who above all can make beautiful and substantial music, regardless of genre or instrumentation.
A longer article is available HERE. The tracklisting of 'Music of the Spheres' also indicates that Hayley is featured on track 7 and 10 (track 10 is a reprise of track 7).
1. Harbinger 2. Animus 3. Silhouette 4. Shabda 5. The Tempest 6. Harbinger Reprise 7. On My Heart (feat. Hayley Westenra) 8. Aurora 9. Prophecy 10. On My Heart Reprise (feat. Hayley Westenra) 11. Harmonia Mundi 12. The Other Side 13. Empyrean 14. Musica Universalis
Lang Lang was mentioned during the brief talk on Classic FM's Classic Newsnight last week. He was very impressive when he performed during the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall back in May. i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif