June 10, 2013

Voyages - Conrad Tao's debut album on EMI Classics

In 2008, when Conrad Tao was 15 years old, the distinguished American music critic Harris Goldsmith wrote in Musical America, «Conrad Tao is the most exciting prodigy to ever come my way. His promise is limitless.“ His first full-length release on EMI is out now.

Voyages evolves around the concept of images shifting and changing. Conrad begins the album with the first recording of the minimalist work Railroad (Travel Song) from 1981 by Meredith Monk, whose music has had a strong influence on Conrad. Railroad sets the stage for the sound worlds to follow. Next come five Rachmaninov Preludes, two of them popular, the other three less so. Conrad says these five short works “operate as little snapshots into brief musical worlds and fit beautifully with the idea of vestigial images.” He deliberately performs them out of order to encourage listeners to hear them differently.

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