Joep Beving: Hermetism (180g)
Joep Beving, heaven-bent in the world of streaming contemporary classical music, returns to the piano with Hermetism solo. The Dutch composer and pianist's fourth album for Deutsche Grammophon will be released on April 8, 2022. Ancient philosophy inspired Beving's recording: "I hope the music comforts and creates community," he says, because although Beving draws from a sense of melancholy, he wants to inspire hope with the twelve pieces he plays here on his beloved Schimmel piano. Already with the highly successful albums Solipsism, Prehension and Henosis, Beving sought answers to complex philosophical questions in his music. What next, he asked himself after the trilogy, and initially devoted himself to composing for a Dutch film and a play. Only gradually did the idea for his latest project take shape. "I sat down alone at my piano to feel at home and in tune with myself and my surroundings," he says. "I wanted to do what felt right, to look back to the beginnings, to play piano solo, but at the same time, the pieces should be based on what I had learned while making the trilogy." After the viral success of his debut in 2015, Beving has long appeared as number one on streaming platforms today. His tracks have been streamed over half a billion times to date, and his concerts are also selling out worldwide. With Hermetism, he seeks to reach listeners on a deep level. "In all the craziness of recent times, the album was where I came back to," he says. "So Hermetism is also my own medicine against the pandemic."