Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood to Release Orchestral Vinyl
He wrote the music for strings, flutes, piano, keyboard and tanpura after he’d been the ACO’s composer in residence in 2012. The work was inspired by Philip Larkin’s poem “Water” which, said the orchestra, “alludes to a glass of water ‘where any-angled light would congregate endlessly.’”
The version to be released was recorded at the Sydney Opera House after the ACO premiered it in Dublin, Ireland, in 2014, then toured it across the U.K. The B-side is their rendition of Mozart’s iconic 1787 piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (also known as "Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G Major.")
Australian Chamber Orchestra leader Richard Tognetti told Rolling Stone: “We have chosen an outrageous combination of works that you would never consider pairing unless it were on an LP. So consider this a curated, deliberate juxtaposition. The notion of surprise is paramount in offering these wildly contrasting works.”
Referring to the literal translation of the Mozart title, he added: “But ‘a little night music’ is exactly what Jonny’s piece is. It’s something I would suggest you play once the sun sets, for its hypnotic drone-like structure presents something that really works best as daylight fades away.”
Greenwood spoke highly of his experiences with the ACO, saying in the video below: “It was so good that I slightly feel like I didn’t make the most of the opportunity … I was so surprised how good they sounded and how excited I was to be in the room with them, that I kind of should have done more, I think.”
Radiohead released their ninth album A Moon Shaped Pool last year, after which Greenwood returned to composition work, scoring the movies You Were Never Really Here and Phantom Thread.
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