Editors’ Notes If listeners approach cellist Maya Beiser and conductor/arranger Evan Ziporyn’s reimagining of Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, with trepidation, it’s understandable: Classical and rock have often been combative bedfellows. But Ziporyn understood the challenges of interpreting this hallowed album, recognizing that Bowie’s four-octave vocal range was a fine match for the cello and reimagining Blackstar as a cello concerto. Beiser skilfully echoes Bowie’s vocal inflections, whether in the menacing “Girl Loves Me,” the anguished “Lazarus,” or the mystical, epic title track. Her electric and acoustic cello—howling, lamenting, comforting—soars and wheels over Ziporyn’s deftly crafted, unexpected orchestral textures. It’s an astonishing homage that brings Bowie’s extraordinary musical inventiveness into sharp relief.

SONG
Blackstar
1
11:26
 
'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
2
4:41
 
Lazarus
3
6:45
 
1:26
 
4:59
 
Girl Loves Me
6
5:03
 
Dollar Days
7
4:33
 
I Can't Give Everything Away
8
6:44
 

Music Videos

  • Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
    Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
    Maya Beiser, Evan Ziporyn, Ambient Orchestra, David Bowie, Maria Schneider, Paul Bateman & Bob Bhamra
  • Blackstar
    Blackstar
    Maya Beiser, Evan Ziporyn, Ambient Orchestra & David Bowie
  • Girl Loves Me
    Girl Loves Me
    Maya Beiser, Evan Ziporyn, Ambient Orchestra & David Bowie
  • Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
    Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
    Maya Beiser, Evan Ziporyn, Ambient Orchestra & David Bowie

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