"Highlight of the day is the world premiere of Angus MacRae’s Through Shadows, specially commissioned by the Barbican for Piano Day and written to utilize the possibilities afforded by six pianos. It's a quiet, delicate piece, moments of silence demanding as much attention as the restrained melodies and soft peaks. Both performances have a purity and poise, the intricate interplay between the six truly mesmerising. Its subtlety is key; as fragile as a flower, the piece draws its power not from drama or crescendos but a gentle tension that threatens to break but never does."
Drowned in Sound
Commissioned by The Barbican Centre, Through Shadows is written for 6 grand pianos and was given its world premiere on March 29th 2017 - the global Piano Day, in a celebration for hundreds of piano lovers at The Barbican, in partnership with Spotify. It was performed by the 12-handed ensemble Piano Circus, alongside music by Terry Riley, Nils Frahm and Steve Reich. This studio recording was performed by the composer at Retreat Studios in Brighton, mastered by Alchemy studios.
Written & performed by Angus MacRae
Released by Cognitive Shift
Recorded by Chris Blakey at Retreat Recording Studios
Mixed by Angus MacRae
Mastered by Barry Grint at Alchemy Mastering
Artwork & design by Hara Katsiki
Release Date 29 March 2017