Classical new release: 'Tony Banks: 5'

Apr 18, 2018

Tony Banks is best known to many people as the keyboardist and one of founding members of the English rock band Genesis. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he is widely considered one of the greatest rock keyboardist of all time. But Banks's musicianship isn't confined to rock: he has released several solo albums of both rock and classical music. 

Tony Banks's newest album "Five" is his third classical album, following "Seven: A Suite for Orchestra" (2004) and "Six Pieces for Orchestra" (2012). Banks composed four new works specifically for this album and revamped a fifth, a piece composed during his time with Genesis called "Renaissance."

Banks played all of the keyboard parts heard on the album. Nick Ingman created the orchestrations and conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The album was produced by Nick Davis.

Click here for video of a performance of "Prelude to a Million Years," the first track on the new album.