Prague, Czech Republic-based neoclassical piano musician and composer Frank Clare’s debut album “Admiratio Magna” showcases the artist’s love for 19th century classical music. The title “Admiratio Magna” is a Latin term that translates to “Great Surprise” in English. The album is inspired by the big surprise thrown by the sheer existence of anything and everything around us… from constellations and mountains to animals, plants and objects… it’s a big surprise how something is created from nothing and then vanishes back to nothing! It is this cycle of creation and the power of stillness that Clare expresses in this exciting album with unrivalled uniqueness and originality.
“Admiratio Magna” Tracklist
This album has seven tracks, grouped under three parts:
Part 1: Vox Intus Omnia
- A Gathering of Possibilities
- The Bells of Noumenania
Part 2: La Grande Sorpresa
- La Grande Sorpresa
Part 3: Apotheosis
- Die Apotheose
- Goodbye Hello
The first part of the album is named “Vox Intus Omnia,” which in Latin means “The Voice Behind Everything.” It includes the first three tracks.
The starter “A Gathering of Possibilities” is a fusion of a wide variety of moods ranging from sorrow to exuberance to impassiveness. It sets the tone for the rest of the album, giving a glimpse into the discerning journey that awaits the listeners.
The second track “Inceptus” expands upon the first one and is comparatively slightly more interesting. The album gains traction in the third track “The Bells of Noumenania,” which is more likely to catch your attention.
The second part of the album “La Grande Sorpresa” has one track with the same title. This fourth track of the album is inspired by Italian opera. The music is melodramatic and delightful. The second half of the track sounds like a catastrophe and the emptiness it brings when there’s nothing left.
The third part titled “Apotheosis” has the last three tracks of the album. The track “L’Extase” is inspired by French music. It centers around creativity and the often ongoing tussle between beauty and duty. It’s about the joy and miracle of being alive.
The penultimate track “Die Apotheose” is influenced by German classical music. This breathtakingly grand and immersive piece is about culmination, transformation and transfiguration.
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“Goodbye Hello” closes the album, taking the listener to the end of everything but just before the all new beginning again.
In conclusion, “Admiratio Magna” is a remarkable album that showcases Frank Clare at his best. Clare has created a solid collection of subtle pieces that require equally subtle mind to absorb them.
More Info About Frank Clare and “Admiratio Magna”
Frank Clare started playing piano at an age of 15. Though he was fond of music, he always found it difficult to play others’ material. So, he started composing his own. This had the positive impact of having minimal influence of other artists on his work. A lot of his music tells stories, while some of it is satirical. Instead of sitting down to compose music, he takes a more spontaneous route. He lets an idea grow over a period of time. So, sometimes he may be able to compose music as early as a week while sometimes it may take years.
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