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Heaven & Hell: The Doors of Perception


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Harriet Stubbs writes of her new release: “This album is based on the concept of The Doors of Perception and a marriage of contraries. It is a presentation of Classical Music through the lens of multi-Grammy award winning producer Russ Titelman and is a reimagining of traditional classical repertoire. The album has a clear narrative running parallel to a Blakean understanding of transcendence. In Blakean philosophy we enter life in a state of innocence at childhood and dwell within that realm until we experience; at which point our perception is altered. The state of Experience and the journey from Innocence to Experience is mirrored by the first half of the album’s repertoire. There are clear states of innocence in the Brahms and the Chopin, there is lightness to the Stravinsky with our rearrangement of it. We enter Experience at the middle of the album with the Bach Busoni Chaconne in D minor. The rest of the album is a journey through the doors of perception to reach the Blakean state of higher innocence which is a combination of Innocence and Experience. It is a chosen realm of living, reached through the doors of perception and having removed our mind forged manacles which in this case are our perceptions of how classical music is displayed and understood. Life and death, light and dark, are here brought together and spiral around each other lifting us to our goal that is a marriage of the two contrary states of the human soul. D minor as a key is often associated with death and demonic spirit and is the key of the Prokofiev Diabolical Suggestions, yet the Scriabin reaches E major, well associated with heaven. Even geographically E major and D minor couldn’t be closer together melocially, yet harmonically are the absolute opposite. The album ends with plates that I curated to form the explanation in text that Marianne Faithful reads over John Adam’s Phrygian Gates, the gates are being used synonymously with doors in order to take the listener through that transition.”
Facts
Item number STE018
Barcode 842840113195
Release date 9/14/2018
Category Classical Music
Label SUITE 28 RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Stubbs, Harriet
Disc: 1
Phrygian Gates (arr. H. Stubbs)00:06:00
1 Phrygian Gates (With Narration) 00:06:21 Faithfull, Marianne Stubbs, Harriet
Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 (arr. H. Stubbs)00:09:00
2 Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 00:09:15 Stubbs, Harriet
24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. H. Stubbs)00:08:00
3 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor 00:02:07 Stubbs, Harriet
4 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 9 in E Major 00:00:44 Stubbs, Harriet
5 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 4 in E Minor 00:02:27 Stubbs, Harriet
6 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 14 in E-Flat Minor 00:02:02 Stubbs, Harriet
7 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 20 in C Minor 00:00:36 Stubbs, Harriet
Tango (arr. H. Stubbs and R. Titelman)00:04:00
8 Tango (Arr. R. Titelman) 00:03:48 Stubbs, Harriet
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 (arr. H.00:14:00
9 Chaconne in D Minor, BV B 24 (After Bach's BWV 100 00:13:31 Stubbs, Harriet
4 Pieces, Op. 4 (arr. H. Stubbs)00:03:00
10 4 Pieces for Piano, Op. 4: No. 4, Suggestion diabo 00:02:57 Stubbs, Harriet
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19, "Sona00:12:00
11 Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19 "Sonat 00:07:52 Stubbs, Harriet
12 Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19 "Sonat 00:03:58 Stubbs, Harriet
6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118 (arr. H. Stubbs)00:06:00
13 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118: No. 2, Intermezzo in A M 00:06:02 Stubbs, Harriet
Études, Book 1 (arr. H. Stubbs)00:03:00
14 Études, Book 1: No. 5, Arc-en-ciel 00:03:12 Stubbs, Harriet
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