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Oscar-nominated composer returns to the pure piano


Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) is familiar to many through his evocative and emotional soundtracks – such as for the hit film Lion (composed with Dustin O’Halloran ), Hotel Mumbai, Adrift or for the TV series Patrick Melrose. For his first album with Sony Classical -  A Different Forest -  the renowned pianist and Oscar-nominated film composer does away with his customary preparations to return to the sound of the pure piano. The single Curious offers the first glimpse at the central themes of the album: The experience of nature as the basis for Hauschka’s understanding of life and the composition of music.
Hauschka explains: “In A Different Forest, I’m focusing on the forest as a natural environment and contrast to the urban everyday life; to my surroundings. Where do I want to live and work? What surroundings do I need in order to feel fulfilled? By examining these questions I always come back to nature. How often have I gone for a walk and finished on the crest of a hill or mountain top, and found a new perspective on things. It’s quite a moving experience. The experience of the sublime. Realising that everything has been there for such a long time and will continue to exist, yet in contrast, our human existence is reduced to but a fraction of the earth’s history.”

Listen to Curious here: https://SonyClassical.lnk.to/HauschkaCuriousLW

Hauschka will take the album on tour in 2019 performing in Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (13.02.19) Glasgow Mackintosh Queens Cross Church (09.04.19), Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (10.04.19), Bristol St Georges (11.04.19), London Milton Court (12.04.19), Berlin Konzerthaus (27.04.19), Antwerp De Roma (09.05.19), Amsterdam Concertgebouw (10.05.19), Frankfurt Mousonturm (20.05.2019) and Recklinghausen Ruhrfeststpiele Recklinghausen (26.05.19).