Orion Weiss explores the omens and anxiety of the tense world of a century ago with music by Granados, Janáček and Scriabin in an album produced by Grammy®-winner David Frost.
Presentiment Presentiment by Orion Weiss—called “clearly a pianist to watch” by the Los Angeles Times—is an album attuned to the current fretful political moment. It features large-scale works directly and indirectly addressing a world about to be catapulted into the dread of global war, despair and triumph and the struggle of the latter in the face of the former. “The new century,” Weiss says, “had already flooded the romantic aesthetic of the old with anxiety, nostalgia, and confusion. These ominous musical stories go even further, with some impossible awareness of what was coming for the world. This is music tormented by premonitions of catastrophe.”
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Rhapsody No. 2
I Got Rhythm Variations
Orion Weiss, piano
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, Conductor
Naxos American Classics 8.559705
Release Date 2/8/12
George Gershwin's Concerto in F was a response to demands for a 'proper concerto' after the success of Rhapsody in Blue, avoiding programmatic content while providing a feast of tunes both uplifting and nostalgic. Originally intended as music for a film, his up-beat Rhapsody No 2 describes the bustling Manhattan cityscape while under construction. Sourced from his hit musical Girl Crazy, I Got Rhythm Variations was Gershwin's last full score. Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators of his generation of young American musicians.