It's time for the next chapter of Orchestra of the Swan: a carefully curated mixtape, Entranced. A review will follow nearer release, but for the moment there is plenty to enjoy below.
Orchestra of the Swan are riding the crest of a great musical adventure, as they explore the transformative power of sound. The Midlands-based orchestra’s latest release, Entranced (Signum Classics) completes an extraordinary musical odyssey, which has seen The Swan topping the US Billboard and iTop charts, having Albums of the Week with Classic FM and Scala Radio, and launching millions of streams from new audiences.
Released on 20 October 2023, available to stream on Apple, Spotify and all other DSPs, Entranced is a compilation album, incorporating 15 tracks from Orchestra of the Swan’s critically acclaimed trio of mixtape albums: Timelapse, Labyrinths and Echoes.
Orchestra of the Swan’s Artistic Director, David Le Page says:
Entranced weaves together the genius of David Bowie, Schubert, Delius, Philip Glass, and Piazzolla. There is a brand new arrangement of Finzi's extraordinary The Salutation for solo violin and strings, and transcendent beauty, from Brian Eno's gorgeous An Ending (Ascent), to Peter Maxwell Davies' Farewell to Stromness.
Orchestra of the Swan enjoy experimenting, and Entranced features shimmering soundscapes, with all tracks now produced in Dolby Atmos - the immersive, surround-sound technology developed by cinema, that places the audience at the heart of the sound.
Two singles are being released in advance: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Farewell to Stromness, which you can listen to here: https://lnk.to/OOTSEntranced and the new recording of Finzi’s The Salutation, now arranged for violin and chamber orchestra by David Le Page, on 5 October.
David Le Page says:
The album invites you to immerse yourself in a world of hypnotic musical landscapes, infused with light, mesmerising atmospheres, and elemental moods. Entranced is not just an album; it's an invitation to explore the serene and introspective side of music. We hope everyone will join us on this musical voyage and experience the transformative power of sound.
1. Heroes – David Bowie (1947-2016)/Brian Eno (b.1948) arr. David Le Page Soloists: David Le Page (Vlns & Vlas), Nick Stringfellow (Cellos), Andrew Davis (bass), Eleanor Turner (harp) from TIMELAPSE conducted by Bruce O’Neil
2. Air - Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) from TIMELAPSE conducted by Bruce O’Neil
3. Les Barricades Mystérieuses - François Couperin (1668-1733) arr. David Le Page from TIMELAPSE conducted by Bruce O’Neil
4. O Albion – Thomas Adès (b.1971 from TIMELAPSE conducted by Bruce O’Neil
5. Sleep Softly – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)/David Le Page (b.1971) Soloist: David Le Page (Vln) from TIMELAPSE conducted by Bruce O’Neil
6. Les Boréades (Entrée pour les Muses, les Zéphyres, les Saisons, les Heures et les Artes) – Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) from TIMELAPSE conducted by Bruce O’Neil
7. La Columba/The Dove (Gli Uccelli/The Birds) – Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) Soloist: Victoria Brawn (oboe) from LABYRINTHS conducted by Daniele Rosina
8. Farewell to Stromness - Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) arr. Rosemary Furniss Soloist: David Le Page (Vln) from LABYRINTHS conducted by Daniele Rosina
9. A Prayer - David Le Page (b.1971) Soloist: David Le Page from LABYRINTHS conducted by Daniele Rosina
10. Oblivion - Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) arr. Eduardo Garcia Soloist: Sally Harrop (clarinet)
from LABYRINTHS conducted by Daniele Rosina
11. Aquarelle 1 – Frederick Delius (1862-1934) arr. Eric Fenby from ECHOES conducted by Philip Sheppard
12. An Ending (Ascent) - Brian Eno (b.1948) arr. David Le Page Soloists: David Le Page (Vln), Eleanor Turner (harp) from LABYRINTHS conducted by Daniele Rosina
13. The Art of Dancing: Trance – Toby Young (b.1990) Soloists: Viv McLean (piano), Simon Desbruslais (trumpet) from ECHOES conducted by Philip Sheppard
14. Mishima/Closing – Philip Glass (b.1937) arr. David Le Page from ECHOES conducted by Philip Sheppard
15. Dies Natalis ‘The Salutation’ – Gerald Finzi (1931-1956) arr. David Le Page Soloist: David Le Page (violin) conducted by Philip Sheppard