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Heaven & Hell: The Doors of Perception / Stubbs


Release Date: 09/14/2018 
Label:  Suite 28   Catalog #: 18  
Composer:  John AdamsWolfgang Amadeus MozartDmitri ShostakovichIgor Stravinsky,   ... 
Performer:  Harriet StubbsMarianne Faithfull
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album is based on the concept of The Doors of Perception and a marriage of contraries. It is a presentation of Classical Music through the lens of multi-Grammy award winning producer Russ Titelman and is a reimagining of traditional classical repertoire. The album has a clear narrative running parallel to a Blakean understanding of transcendence. In Blakean philosophy we enter life in a state of innocence at childhood and dwell within that realm until we experience; at which point our perception is altered. The state of Experience and the journey from Innocence to Experience is mirrored by the first half of the album’s repertoire. There are clear states of innocence in the Brahms and the Chopin, there is lightness to the Stravinsky Read more with our rearrangement of it. We enter Experience at the middle of the album with the Bach Busoni Chaconne in D minor. The rest of the album is a journey through the doors of perception to reach the Blakean state of higher innocence, which is a combination of Innocence and Experience. It is a chosen realm of living, reached through the doors of perception and having removed our mind forged manacles, which in this case are our perceptions of how classical music is displayed and understood. Life and death, light and dark, are here brought together and spiral around each other lifting us to our goal that is a marriage of the two contrary states of the human soul. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Phrygian Gates by John Adams
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano), Marianne Faithfull (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
2.
Rondo for Piano no 3 in A minor, K 511 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: Excerpt(s) by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
4.
Tango by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
5.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 4: no 4, Suggestion diabolique by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1912; Russia 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1897; Russia 
8.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 2, Intermezzo in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
9.
Etudes (6) for Piano, Book 1: no 5, Arc-en-ciel by György Ligeti
Performer:  Harriet Stubbs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Berlin, Germany 

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