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First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, 'Home Stretch'


Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno: an unlikely trinity of musical idols, except if you're Timo Andres. The 27-year-old American composer and pianist weaves all of their DNA into his new album, Home Stretch, and the results provide thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today.

Andres is something of an old hand in the public media sphere. Ten years ago, when he was 17, he appeared on the NPR-distributed From the Top, playing not just the Toccata from Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin, but also a sure-footed piece of his own called Tango. Seems like even back then, Andres knew he wanted to forge his own way in the classical world, using the musical canon as a springboard to the future.