Deutsche Grammophon to release Shades Of Love – an anthology of reimagined themes from k-drama soundtracks. Arrangements and new works created by Marco Hertenstein and performed by the Zürcher Kammerorchester under David Philip Hefti and star soloists including Daniel Hope, Philipp Jundt, Albrecht Mayer, Richard Yongjae O'Neill and Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway

East meets West in Shades Of Love, which presents arrangements of music from k-drama soundtracks, with pieces from the hit series Crash Landing on You, Reply 1988, Mr. Sunshine and many more. Also included are two original Korean-inspired works by German composer Marco Hertenstein, who co-created the project with Swiss flautist Philipp Jundt. The album features performances by, among others, DG artists Daniel Hope and Albrecht Mayer, with orchestral accompaniment from the Zürcher Kammerorchester conducted by David Philip Hefti. Shades Of Love is out now on Deutsche Grammophon. It is available for digital download and on Pure Audio Blu-ray in Dolby Atmos®, which offers a uniquely immersive listening experience.

Previously principal flute of the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Philipp Jundt maintains close connections with South Korea, its music and musicians. Marco Hertenstein too has spent time in Seoul, where his score for the classic silent film Nosferatu, commissioned by Jundt, received its world premiere. In 2015 Jundt invited Hertenstein to write a work for the opening gala in January 2016 of the inaugural Gonjiam Music Festival, of which the flautist is co-founder and artistic director.

The success of this project led them to collaborate again, this time taking inspiration from the hit soundtracks that are such a key element of South Korean TV drama series. Widely known as k‑dramas, these shows now enjoy huge followings worldwide, thanks to subtitled versions appearing on both streaming services and terrestrial channels. Together with k-pop, and films such as the Oscar-winning Parasite, k-dramas are part of the Hallyu, or Korean Wave – the global spread of South Korean culture that has been gathering pace for the last 25 years.

Shades Of Love presents Hertenstein's sweeping romantic arrangements of 15 tracks from series such as Crash Landing On You, Moon Embracing The Sun, Six Flying Dragons and Reply 1988. Two very different cultures meet in works now designed for the kind of orchestra Mozart would have recognized, here embodied by the Zürcher Kammerorchester, with solo parts for Philipp Jundt, violinist Daniel Hope, oboist Albrecht Mayer, viola player Richard Yongjae O'Neill and pianist Sebastian Knauer. The album also features two new works composed by Hertenstein for Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway respectively: Shades Of Love – Red and Shades Of Love – Blue.

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