Album title
Piano Improvisations
Ola Gjeilo
Catalogue #
7041888516323 (Blu-ray)
7041888518129 (LP)

Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
Stereo DSD
Disc 2

Pure Audio Blu-ray
DTS HD MA 192kHz/24 bit 5.1
LPCM 192kHz/24 bit STEREO
mShuttle: FLAC 96kHz + MP3
Region: ABC - worldwide

Release date
May 2012
Recording date
August 2011
Sofienberg Church, Norway
Original source

DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)

Related titles
Ola Gjeilo - STONE ROSE


Evocative, lyrical music for 1, 2 & 3 pianos

While my first piano album on the 2L record label, Stone Rose (2007), was all pre-composed or outlined, I wanted this 2012 sequel to be completely spontaneous.

Although many of the pieces on this album are free improvisations recorded in one take, the first three tracks are fantasies around three of my own choral works; Ubi Caritas, Tota Pulchra Es and Prelude. Recordings of the original choral versions can be found on Phoenix Chorale's 2012 album, Northern Lights (Chandos Records).

Producer Morten Lindberg suggested recording a few tracks where I would play layers of two or three pianos, which I thought was a great way to really exploit the surround sound potential on a solo album. We moved the piano between each take, eventually constituting a triangle, and the listener is sitting in the middle in a surround system setup.

As a pianist, improvisation is where my heart is. With this recording I wanted to express and share my passion for that art form.

- Ola Gjeilo, 2012

Facebook PHOTO ALBUM from the recording sessions

Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to America in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. Presently a full-time composer and pianist based in the US, his published concert works are performed all over the world. Ola is also very interested in film, and his music draws a lot of inspiration from movies and cinematic music.


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NEWSLETTERS: Release sheet, June 2012

Download the complete opening track for free as AAC (iTunes file) This track is a solo piano fantasy around Ubi Caritas, one of Ola's a cappella choral works. He has performed this piece quite a lot with choirs, improvising around the vocal lines and chords, now taking it one step further as an Ubi Caritas-inspired piano work.

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Mainly Piano 1
Audiophile Audition I
Audiophile Audition II
Mainly Piano 2
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