"That ‘difficult’ second album has always been the bogeyman of pop. The 11 or so tracks an artist releases after the first flush can make or break the rest of a career. It’s not enough for the next offering just to be a three star meh; that won’t keep the momentum running"…
So says Lucy Jones on her music blog for The Telegraph.
Is it the same for classical performers? I do similarly feel there’s probably an expectation of me, since I won the ARIA Award for Best Classical Album with my debut offering Mad Rush - Solo Piano Music of Philip Glass.
But it is difficult to know what people expect unless you’re personally in contact with them. There isn’t so much online discussion in the classical music community here in Australia, so it’s hard to know what anyone’s thinking.
My next album does have a little Philip Glass and Michael Nyman on it. Just to keep fans of my last album happy? Well, not really, I just so love that music and in the context of my cinematic character-driven sophomore album, it makes absolute and perfect sense to include it.
No, this album is about the real me finding a place in the world *lays neck on proverbial line*