About the album
Released in conjunction with the his new book of the same name (published by Quercus), Fire On All Sides is the soundtrack to James Rhodes’ intimate exploration of what it’s like to be a celebrated pianist embarking on a world tour, when you have multiple voices jostling in your head, sabotaging your happiness and sapping your confidence.
James Rhodes writes:
“So in 2016 I did an extensive tour of around twenty cities in a few short weeks. I wrote a book about it called Fire On All Sides and this recording is the soundtrack to that book. Like every other area of my life, it’s heavily based on fantasy.
A huge thank you both to those who came to the gigs and also to these immense composers for supplying the tools required to help put out the flames.”
11The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 486 No. 1, Prelude in C Major
12Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49
13Polonaise-Fantasie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61
14Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
15Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 II. Allegro molto
16Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 III. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro ma non troppo
17Two Nocturnes, Op. 62 No. 1 in B Major
18Two Nocturnes, Op. 48 No. 1 in C Minor
19Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 No. 5 in E-Flat Minor
110Prelude 13, Op. 32 No. 13 in D-Flat Major
111Gianni Schicchi O mio babbino caro