13th January: Last week’s top re-entries The Classical Album and The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music switch around, at no. 1 and no. 2, and Renée Fleming’s new album is the highest new entry at no. 8.
Rock band Arcade Fire's violinist Sarah Neufeld has released a brand new video entitled 'Forcelessness' that incorporates her minimalism-influenced playing and choreographed dancers.
The video features Neufeld herself playing an intricate violin arrangement while two dancers perform an elaborate choreographed routine. The music itself is the first extract from Neufeld's debut solo album.
The choreography comes courtesy of a Brooklyn-based arts organisation called Pressur.es. Emery LeCrone from the organisation described the video for the New York Times: "There’s an intimacy with film you can’t get from live performance — here, you can feel the dancers' muscles as they step."
Neufeld, who is more used to playing festival stages than shooting videos in dance studios, is not the first member of the Grammy Award-winning Arcade Fire to take on the world of modern classical music.
Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry has been writing contemporary classical works for the Kronos Quartet, and earlier this year performed at Nico Muhly's contemporary music festival at the Barbican.