CD Recommmendation: DAWN (Ola Gjeilo on Decca Classics)

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by Connor McCormick on September 28, 2022

in CD-DVD,Music


Dawn is the follow-up to Ola Gjeilo’s hugely successful 2020 album Night. This new solo piano wonder is now out on Decca Classics. Improvisation has long been at the core of Gjeilo’s composition and performance. Without being cloying, 17 cathartic tracks are guaranteed to soothe your troubles away. It’s great for working, meditating, or just getting you into a relaxed mood.

Gjeilo is best known for his compositions for choir and is one of the most frequently performed choral composers alive. That success has quickly translated to his work for solo piano. Dawn is the natural successor to 2020’s Night which was inspired by the twilight hours of his hometown of New York and has amassed over 50 million streams to date.

Raised listening to an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, pop and folk, and classically trained at The Julliard School and the Royal College of Music London, Gjeilo’s distinctive soundworld is often described as cinematic and evocative, lush and harmonious.

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