Whoever believed that the genre of classical music were incapable of being fresh and exciting is in for a pleasant surprise: critically-acclaimed pianist Beau Pluto achieves just that!
Born in Germany, Pluto quickly showcased his musical talent: one year after receiving his first lesson in music at the age of five, he won his first piano competition, embarking on a journey that would see him winning over 30 awards in national and international competitions over the course of just nine years. He studied at the Music Conservatoire of Munich and the Royal Academy of Music, before releasing his first studio album on 5th May 2017 at the young age of 21. Titled Liberation, it marks the beginning of a new era for classical music, an era that reinstates the performer as the narrating artist, guiding the captivated listener through music that is rightfully considered the true legacy of humanity.
His name is rooted in Ancient Greek mythology, where Ploutos was known as the god of wealth. Now he has returned, to gift humanity with art, music, peace and kindness, the true wealth, from his never-ending cornucopia. Beau, the French adjective for beautiful, expresses the fact that true beauty comes from within, is universal and eternal. Plutos debut album Liberation comes with two music videos which offer a first look into Plutos world; in Fantaisie Impromptu, Pluto tells a romantic fantasy that describes the adolescent blossoming of love to the score of the brilliantly urging yet sometimes wistful work composed by Frédéric Chopin; in Prélude (by Sergei Rachmaninoff) however, the viewer is confronted with the negative and aggressive sides of adolescence like isolation, the obsession with beauty, insecurities and their effects.
Liberation further comprises compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Takemitsu and Hatzidakis. The tracklist forms a coherent narration that reflects the various façades of the human personality; as the album progresses, the listener delves deeper and deeper into their own core and past. The album expresses both the upbeat and playful but also the darker and painful sides to our being, and results in a triumphant liberation that paves the way for a promising future. The cover shows Pluto “having his own back” and embracing and supporting himself; which symbolises the most important message of Liberation: Love thyself.