Classical Album On Double LP!
Etching On 4th Side!
Tony Banks revisits his 'other' life – that of an orchestral composer, as
opposed to keyboardist, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and a
founding member of rock band Genesis – with the new project '5'. A Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame inductee as a member of Genesis (2010), '5' is Banks' tenth album
outside of the band and his third orchestral album following the releases of
'Seven: A Suite for Orchestra' (2004) and 'Six Pieces for Orchestra' (2012).
'5' is a collection of five compositions written by Tony Banks and was produced
by long-time collaborator Nick Davis. Nick Ingman, renowned orchestrator and
conductor, agreed to be involved in the project immediately after hearing the
demos played to him personally by Banks. Ingman has worked with a plethora of
artists and musicians from David Bowie and Oasis to the London Symphony
Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The recording was built up over various sessions, the first in London's Angel
Studios where solos and percussion were recorded before a transfer to Prague for
a week where concentrated sets of three sessions a day with the orchestra and
choir. Recording section by section is a more rock/pop method and seen as
unorthodox for an orchestral album, but this method allowed Banks, who also
played all of the piano parts, to use his vast musical experience and give
himself greater creative control.
The impetus for '5' was a commission for the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival in
2014, for which Banks composed the original version of what now appears as the
opening track, "Prelude to a Million Years". Then it was entitled "Arpegg" and
received its world première on Saturday July 5, 2014, with Maxime Tortelier
conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Following some consideration,
Banks and Davis worked on four further pieces to join "Arpegg" and form this new
album. Feeling incomplete as an album of four compositions, Banks pulled
inspiration from an earlier piece composed during his Genesis days and named it
"Renaissance" which completed the album.
"This really shows his deep connection with his instrument and both is
knowledge and love of the music." - Classic Rock Revisited
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
• Etched 4th Side
Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Nick Ingman, conductor
1. Prelude To A Million Years
3. Ebb And Flow
4. Autumn Sonata