Acclaimed classical pianist Christopher O’Riley will be releasing his second album of instrumental interpretations of Radiohead songs early next year, and the record will feature his versions of track from the band’s last album ‘Hail To The Thief’. Christopher O’Riley’s first Radiohead tribute ‘True Love Waits’ was a massive success, proving hugely popular with the band’s fans and ‘serious’ music critics alike, peaking at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Classical Crossover chart.
The new 14-track album ‘Hold Me to This: Christopher O’Riley Plays Radiohead’ is expected to be released in February next year on Harmonia Mundi/World Village, alongside a companion book of sheet music featuring transcriptions of his versions of the songs.
“I’ve listened to everything I could get my hands on, including B-sides and rare live tracks,” O’Riley explained, “Transcribing music is not my usual area of expertise as an interpreter, yet on occasion throughout my concert career I have made piano versions of music I especially covet … it was not until my obsessions with Radiohead that I felt compelled to tackle dozens of songs as a single project.”
The record will feature recent Radiohead tracks from ‘Hail To The Thief’ such as ‘2+2=5’, ‘There There’ and ‘Sail To The Moon’ alongside older albums tracks from ‘The Bends’ like ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’ and ‘Nice Dream’ plus O’Riley’s recordings of rare tracks like ‘How I Made My Millions’, ‘Cuttooth’ and ‘Gagging Order’. [from XFM]