With an album, El Chan, dedicated entirely to American composer Bryce Dessner, founder and guitarist of the rock band The National, including his Concerto for two pianos with Orchestre de Paris conducted by Matthias Pintscher. The album also includes the work El Chan for two pianos, and Haven for two guitars and two pianos. The album is dedicated to the film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritú (The Revenant, Babel...), who created the album cover artwork.⠀
“Dessner is an important composer with a developed technique and an intense emotional voice. He continues today as a major voice of his generation.”
[Steve Reich, 2018]
Haven for two guitars and two pianos, which will be performed in concert during the Minimalist Dream House tour in April 2019:
Philharmonie de Paris (7th April), Auditorium de Lyon (8th), Barbican, London (9th) and Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (10th).
Dessner is exactly the kind of composer who personifies what might be next for classical music.
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
Without doubt, Bryce Dessner is one of classical music's most modern and versatile composers. A hugely successful guitarist for The National, his classical career is equally distinguished, having written for some of the finest ensembles in Europe and the US. Last year he was the first person to guest-curate a weekend of music at the spectacular Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
KML / Deutsche Grammophon