24 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Simon Ghraichy’s thoughtful second album for Deutsche Grammophon (the title alludes to the pianist’s age at the time of recording) is highly personal and self-reflective. Alkan’s distressing portrait of a woman at the mercy of the sea helps Ghraichy exorcise his childhood fear of water, while Schumann’s enigmatic Humoreske demands from him the most intense introspection. This thrilling program also introduces us to his charming obsession with hourglasses—Nyman’s deeply hypnotic “Time lapse” emerges from Philip Glass’ undulating, unsettling music from The Truman Show, “Raising the Sail.” Striking études by Szymański and Schumann’s incredible variations on the Allegretto from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 complete a complex, nourishing musical journey.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Simon Ghraichy’s thoughtful second album for Deutsche Grammophon (the title alludes to the pianist’s age at the time of recording) is highly personal and self-reflective. Alkan’s distressing portrait of a woman at the mercy of the sea helps Ghraichy exorcise his childhood fear of water, while Schumann’s enigmatic Humoreske demands from him the most intense introspection. This thrilling program also introduces us to his charming obsession with hourglasses—Nyman’s deeply hypnotic “Time lapse” emerges from Philip Glass’ undulating, unsettling music from The Truman Show, “Raising the Sail.” Striking études by Szymański and Schumann’s incredible variations on the Allegretto from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 complete a complex, nourishing musical journey.

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