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Hold Me to This: Christopher O’Riley plays the music of Radiohead
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Mein Herz brennt
Thibaudet Plays Bill Evans
Thibaudet Plays Duke Ellington
did it first with the music of the alt-pop/rock English band RADIOHEAD
- to the great delight of most of the band's fans - who probably very
rarely set foot in a symphony hall. And some who would otherwise never
have heard of RADIOHEAD listened too, even if perhaps
hesitatingly at first - because, well, if CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY
believes it's "good music," then, there must be something there.
In April 2007, a new album "Second
Grace: The Music of Nick Drake" was released on the
World Village/Harmonia Mundi label. O'RILEY's piano transcriptions
of the songs on this album received their WORLD PREMIERE in "Time
Has Told Me: A NICK DRAKE Tribute"
on February 16, 2007 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
He was an English folk/pop artist and songwriter who like ELLIOT
SMITH wrote songs of alienation, mortality, and love lost.
And like SMITH, he died young - in 1974 at age 26 - from
an overdose of drugs in which he sadly sought refuge, leaving behind three
albums of songs that are the bedrock of the cult that today's belated
fans have built around this tragic figure. It is said that NICK
DRAKE's music was a source of inspiration to RADIOHEAD's
vocal soloist, THOM YORKE.