This month’s Society of Sound albums are Haydn’s The Seasons and Afterglow from Bob Holroyd.
The great acclaim with which this recording of The Seasons – using the original German text – has been received, should finally convince doubters that it is every bit as good a work as its more famous predecessor, The Creation.
With the LSO and Sir Colin Davis at the top of their game, and with a trio of talented young soloists, the rehearsal and recording period were amongst the most enjoyable of the many projects undertaken by LSO Live in its illustrious ten year history.
After the final concert Sir Colin sat in the conductors’ green room with a broad grin on his face and a glass of single malt in his hand. ‘You know, I really did enjoy that’, he said. We hope this recording will convey to everyone who listens to it all the infectious enthusiasm of a very special evening.
James Mallinson, LSO Live producer
Ambient, world fusion, nu jazz, experimental, electronica; these are just some of the genres by which Bob Holroyd’s music has been described.
His new album ‘Afterglow’ takes this musical journey in quite a different direction, occupying a space somewhere between new classical and minimalism. Dispensing completely with drums or percussion of any kind, it is a work composed and constructed from live and treated piano, cello, trumpet and guitar loops to produce a series of ambient textures and intimate spaces that unfold over time, layer by layer.
“I wanted ‘Afterglow’ to have a more organic, real feel to it than some of my previous albums.” says Holroyd “Although there has been quite a lot of subtle studio processing to produce the finished sound, in essence all the tracks are live recordings of real musicians playing real instruments, albeit sometimes not how they initially played them.