(Photo by Benjamin Ealovega)
It’s always very interesting to see a composer mostly known for his work for film tackling the world of the music for the concert hall (or, as someone call it, “absolute music”). Composer Howard Shore is certainly well-accustomed to the peculiarities and the needs of concert hall music, having always balanced his artistic life equally in film and other mediums, including the concert stage. However, in recent years, Shore wrote quite a lot of music for the concert hall and in the last months he released two albums completely dedicated to his concert music, A Palace Upon the Ruins: Selected Works (Howe Records) and Two Concerti (Howe Records/Sony Classical). The first album is a collection of chamber music written over the span of more than a decade that Shore decided to finally collect on a single CD, while Two Concerti presents the world premiere recordings of two large-scale works, the Piano Concerto ‘Ruin and Memory’ and the Cello Concerto ‘Mythic Gardens’. These two CDs offer a truly fascinating perspective on Shore’s “private” music, showing both his lyrical, almost romantic side and his darker, more modern voice. But even more than that, both albums show a composer with a very unique, unmistakable musical personality, a voice very much of his own.
Howard Shore accepted to talk once again with ColonneSonore.net to offer some insight about these works.