Jon Anderson – Change We Must (1994)

Tenemos aquí el esfuerzo más sobresaliente de la carrera de Jon Anderson y en sus mejores momentos como solista por conciliar la música popular y su gusto por el sonido más clásico y orquestal. Acompañado por una orquesta sinfónica, diferentes agrupaciones corales y solistas de la London Chamber Academy, para interpretar un interesante repertorio que no sólo incluye algunos de sus temas de su carrera solista y junto a Yes, sino además algunas canciones del repertorio clásico y tradicional, así como nuevas composiciones.
Sobresale temas como Shaker Loops y Ron on Jon como los momentos más experimentales del álbum. Así como su reversión para Hearts, del álbum de Yes, 90125 donde la orquesta y el acompañamiento de un coro le da nueva vida a este clásico con un enfoque orquestal. Un gran acierto de la voz de Yes de entregarnos este trabajo lleno momentos emotivos bellamente matizados por el estilizado sonido orquestal que va en la linea de incluir un publico más amplio al de las texturas del progresivo o el pop de los ochentas. Mi favorito es Hurry Home, ostensiblemente diferente a la versión original para el álbum In the City of Angels (1989) esta vez con un acompañamiento de violines irlandeses y la percusión celta hace erizar cada uno de los pelos del cuerpo.

In the natural beauty that surrounds us there seems to be a lost sense of wonder at how we all fit together. We need to remember that we all survive because of each other. The trees, mountains, flowers, birds, animals, insects, humans: we all need each other in this life. Yet we have forgotten the true natural thread resounding in us all that keeps everything in order.
 
Change We Must is a wonderful book written by a very special person, Nana Veary, an Hawaiian spiritual teacher who was able to hear the music in nature on a level we can only dream of. On a retreat of silence on the island of Kawaii, I again in this life listened to the music of the earth. I dedicate these songs to Nana Veary’s memory and to all who will remember that we can fulfil our true destiny in this life. (Jon Anderson 1994)
Setlist:
1. State of Independence (5:37)
2. Shaker Loops (5:31)
3. Hearts (5:03)
4. Alive & Well (4:43)
5. The Kiss (3:51)
6. Chagall Duet (3:31)
7. Run on, Jon (2:46)
8. Candle Song (3:36)
9. View from the Coppice (2:46)
10. Hurry Home (6:52)
11. Under the Sun (5:01)
12. Change We must (5:39)
Personnel:
Jon Anderson: Vocals
London Chamber Academy
Christopher Warren-Green: Director Orchestra, String Quintet Harp.
Gwendolyn Mok: Piano
Sandrine Piau: Vocal in Chagall Duet
Milton McDonald: Guitar Bass Synths
Aditional Personnel:
Opio Singers: Angela, Storme, Jade, Miranda, Tamesis, Merida, Tania, Rudi, Tony, Amy, Polly, Diane, Catherine, Pipa, Sandy, Ann, Alison, Kerstin, Steve, Ben, Krisha, Teresa & Ray;

The children from St Paul and St Ignatius Schools, Sunbury on Thames; and Dominic, Joe, Alex & Chris from St John the Baptist, Teddington.

Notes:

Christopher Warren-Green has been music director since 1988 of the London Chamber Orchestra, a group whose intention is to break down the existing barriers that surround classical music. Two years after joining the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields at the age of 19, he became leader of the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra. He then led the Philharmonia from 1979 until 1985, when he returned as leader to the Academy. He has appeared as soloist with the major British and European orchestras, under such conductors as Simon Rattle, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Michael Tilson Thomas. As a chamber player he has performed with Sir Georg Solti and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and he has also conducted the Philharmonia.
Christopher Warren-Green has recorded for Virgin, EMI, RCA and other labels. He is fellow and professor of the Royal Academy of Music and principal conductor of the Royal Academy Sinfonia.
Gwendolyn Mok studied the piano at the Juilliard School, Yale and the State University of New York. She has given recitals at the Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood and the Barbican in London, and frequently appears with major orchestras both in America and in Britain, where she also broadcasts. A popular figure in China (which she toured in 1989), she is also regularly invited to perform in Europe.
Gwendolyn Mok’s broad musical tastes embrace many contemporary composers as well as the more familiar repertoire, where she is notable in French music (which she has recorded on CD) and Mozart. She has recently recorded Maurice Jarre’s soundtrack for the film Mrs Jones.
The soprano Sandrine Piau began her career in the children’s choir of French Radio before entering the Paris Conservatoire, where she studied singing and the harp.
Since graduation she has made numerous appearances and recordings, under such conductors as William Christie, Christophe Rousset and Gustav Leonhardt, both abroad and in her native France. She is a frequent visitor to the Aix-en-Provence and Utrecht festivals, and in 1993 made her Netherlands Opera debut, as Amore and Damigella in L’incoronazione di Poppea.

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