The History of Photography in Sound

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The History of Photography in Sound
Ian Pace (piano)

[ Metier / 5 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Tuesday 1 March 2016

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This is no less than a seminal and milestone recording in modern piano music. The awesome Michael Finnissy's 'History of Photography in Sound', a five and a half hour epic of genius, was recorded in several sessions between 2004 and 2006.

This cycle is much more than just a musical representation of pioneer photographers - only one section directly relates to such: the title refers to 'photography in sound' - i.e. the representation in music of events, people, places, cultures, and above all, philosophies. It is the recording for which Métier have had more requests than any other, and in all fairness to composer and pianist, should find itself in every recommended list of contemporary music.

The 100 page booklet contains a detailed essay of doctorate standard by Ian Pace.

"You might think a piano cycle lasting more than five hours is asking too much. But when the music is as endlessly fascinating, engaging, challenging, puzzling, beautiful, thought-provoking and charming as Finnissy's, it is not a hardship...This is a magnificent achievement for both composer and performer." (BBC Music Feb 2014)

"Finnissy keeps his cultural aperture forever wide-angled, ideas and sounds papped ferociously...Ian Pace is Finnissy's David Bailey, each note shaded to perfection, structures translucently and sharply lit, defining sonic images of our time." (Gramophone, Jan 2014)

"a major achievement and one that should appeal strongly to lovers of contemporary and piano music alike...The experience is as fulfilling as it is stimulating...Pace's own commitment and skills here go a long way towards making such fulfilment...Execution and presentation are as excellent as the music is compelling." (MusicWeb Jan 2014)