Orion Weiss to Release His New Album Arc II: Ravel, Brahms, Shostakovich
Arc II is the second album of a three-part series and strives to understand grief, loss, and death
On Friday, November 11, 2022, acclaimed pianist Orion Weiss releases his new album, Arc II: Ravel, Brahms, Shostakovich, on First Hand Records. Featuring performances of Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Schumann and Chorale Preludes Nos. 10 & 11, and Shostakovich’s Piano Sonata No. 2, Arc II is the second album of a three-part series and strives to understand the varying ways composers comprehend grief, loss, and death. In this combination of works, Weiss follows the paths these composers walked in their own grief as their tracks lead us from death back towards life, from horror to hope.
“As we grieve what was lost, music born of suffering can bring us courage and succor,” says Orion Weiss. “As we envisage our ascent, music from times of joyful creation can create a road map leading us out and up. The final album in the trilogy, Arc III, is filled with young composers, post-war music, and music of celebration. It is my message of faith in humans – our resilience, our rebound, our irrepressibility.”