To those on the outside at least, the term classical music often conjures images of wigged conductors, of symphonic music, played in opulent rooms, of pomp and circumstance and past glories. But classical, like any other musical form, moves with the times, evolves and faces the future, and does so thanks to composers such as Klaviester Bach.
Let us Played is a collection of deft and delicate neo-classical piano pieces, generally erring on the side of the understated, here are plaintive and poignant pieces that are as much about the use of space as they are about the solidity and structure of the notes and melodies being played.
Gently Into The Light is a gorgeous slow dance that seems to sway and spiral around in melodic loops and Legs, Marbles and Wine has buoyancy and a sense of fun which reflects its strange title. There are moments of chiming, and indeed charming, beauty, such as with the lilting and lovely The Travellers and Their Roads, pieces which seem reflective and thoughtful almost to the point of melancholia, such as Time and Sand and then there are tracks such as Your Heart and Mine which seem to spin and saunter with the utmost abandon and sense of freedom.
Let Us Played is the sound of classical music for the modern listener, it leans into the influences and conventions of the past but has its eyes fixed only on the future. It is built on traditional, dare I say classic, sounds but reminds us that every genre, sound and style is also subject to an ongoing journey in its own right. It also reminds us that music moves forward, less because of sudden revolution and more through gentle evolution. This is the sound of that gentle evolution at work.
The album will find many fans with those who favour traditional sounds as well as those who are looking for the next chapter of classical music. But it will also appeal to those who love soundscaping music, cinematic scores and ambient music too. Klaviester Bach may work with very few sonic tools but he certainly creates a lot to love with those well-chosen sonic building blocks.