Jonny Greenwood / Bryce Dessner - Suite From There Will Be Blood / St. Carolyn By The Sea on 180g 2LP
Performances by Andre de Ridder & the Copenhagen Phil of Compositions by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and The National's Bryce Dessner
Deutsche Grammophon is proud to announce the release of orchestral works composed by Bryce Dessner, known to many from acclaimed rock band The National, as well as a complete Suite from the soundtrack of Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood, composed by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. Never before have classical and rock converged in such an organic, compelling and sensual way as they do here in these orchestral performances by conductor Andre de Ridder and the Copenhagen Phil.
Dessner is known to many as one of the guitarists with American indie rockers The National, a band who are famed for their full guitar sound and their lead singer’s distinctively seasoned baritone voice, who sell out the largest venues in the US and have long since conquered Europe as well. But what many of their fans may not know is that guitarist Dessner originally studied classical music (earning a master’s degree from Yale University), and absorbed the influences of composers such as Morton Feldman and Steve Reich when he came to New York. These days, as well as playing with The National, he regularly collaborates with contemporary artists such as Bang on a Can and the Kronos Quartet.
Dessner presents three pieces of modern classical music, written from the perspective of a rock musician who is keenly aware of the raw emotional impact music – any music – can have on an audience. He draws on elements from Baroque and folk music, late Romanticism and modernism, minimalist music and the blues, among others, as well as referencing the work of such legendary figures as John Fahey, La Monte Young, Bela Bartok, Glenn Branca, Benjamin Britten, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Despite this broad spectrum of influences, his voice remains individual and distinct. The works performed here with Andre de Ridder show Dessner to be a composer of surprising independence of mind.
The same is true of Jonny Greenwood, the composer of a suite of six miniatures for the soundtrack of There Will Be Blood which rounds out the album. The pairing of Dessner and Greenwood on the album didn’t come about by chance, but because André de Ridder likes programming their music together, for live concerts too. The defining strand of the collaboration is not so much the similar musical backgrounds of Dessner and Greenwood, but more their mutual preoccupation with quintessentially American themes such as the vast expanses of the country’s landscape, or a sense of nostalgic longing; themes which, previously, were largely the domain of other musical genres. With this album Dessner and Greenwood open up a new frontier for symphonic music.
“For any classical musician who’s been born since 1960, the music of the era around them is popular music,” says Dessner. “You find that in many variations: former rock musicians who end up going the classical route, or very academic composers who are perhaps re-setting a text by Bob Dylan. You find all kinds of various strands of this. Someone like myself or Jonny Greenwood, we’re actually part of a new generation of composers where our education, our background, our interests are so diverse that you can’t really say ‘oh, that’s a guy from a rock band who writes classical music’. You should say the opposite: Jonny Greenwood was a classical violist who became a guitarist with Radiohead. But the music he’s interested in is still Penderecki and Ligeti.”
“Bryce Dessner is without doubt one of the most exciting contemporary composers working anywhere in the world today. We welcome his daring, his passion and his unique creative vision to the Yellow Label, and look forward to working with him.” - Mark Wilkinson, President Deutsche Grammophon
Johnn Greenwood (composer)
Bryce Dessner (composer)
André de Ridder (conductor)
Jonny Greenwood / Bryce Dessner - Suite From There Will Be Blood / St. Carolyn By The Sea Track Listing:
1. Bryce Dessner - St. Carolyn By The Sea
2. Bryce Dessner - Lachrimae
1. Bryce Dessner - Raphael
2. Jonny Greenwood - Suite From There Will Be Blood - Open Spaces
3. Jonny Greenwood - Suite From There Will Be Blood - Future Markets
4. Jonny Greenwood - Suite From There Will Be Blood - HW / Hope Of New Fields
5. Jonny Greenwood - Suite From There Will Be Blood - Henry Plainview
6. Jonny Greenwood - Suite From There Will Be Blood - Proven Lands
7. Jonny Greenwood - Suite From There Will Be Blood - Oil