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SOPRANO LAURA WRIGHT RELEASES NEW ALBUM “SOUND OF STRENGTH” IN CONJUNCTION WITH SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST DR COSTAS KARAGEORGHIS

Laura Wright

 

Sound of Strength - Album Out Now


“The concept behind the album is that the body is the ultimate instrument.  Sound Of Strength fuses sound, rhythm both sonically and emotionally” – Laura Wright

“This is the first time an artist has truly engaged in the science of music and fitness. My sequencing of tracks for the album was based on a detailed analysis of how music makes you feel and the optical musical qualities for a wide variety of physical activities and mental preparation”  - Dr Costas Karageorghis, Reader In Sport Psychology, Department Of Life Sciences, Brunel University London

24-year-old mezzo-soprano Laura Wright has become a leading figure for the fusion of music and sport. Not only is she is regular at major sporting events and official anthem singer for the English Rugby Team, but following her EP release earlier this year, Laura has announced her upcoming album, Sound Of Strength, to be released on Decca Records on 15th September coinciding with her opening performance at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games of her first self penned track Invincible.

In what is turning into a landmark year for the Suffolk born singer, Laura’s love of sport and passion for music have combined to a create a one of a kind proposition.  Laura has taken her classical music to a new level with tracks including Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and Barber’s Adagio for Strings, arranged herself and melded to driving beats, with the help of producers Starkey (who has worked with composer Einaudi), Killahurtz and Dan Vinci (who has worked with everyone from Skream, Snoop Dogg and Jesse Ware). 

Doing so, she created a new sound, which melds beauty and power to startling affect. 

For Sound Of Strength Laura enlisted renowned sports psychologist Dr Costas Karageorghis to help optimize the sequencing for the album.   Karageorghis has an international reputation for his research psychological, psychophysical and ergogenic effects of music. He also compiled a playlist for Dai Green to enhance his performance just before the London 2012 Olympic Games.  His time of 48.24 seconds was faster than his gold medal-winning run in Daegu,

He explains, “The album represents a musically coherent, emotionally engrossing and hugely uplifting listening experience for any exerciser or athlete who wishes to tap the psycho-acoustic power of classical music. Laura is not only an artist with a prodigious talent but also an accomplished sportswoman – a physical embodiment of Sound Of Strength”.

Earlier this summer Laura teased the new album with the groundbreaking music video for Barber’s Agnus Dei that was shot with a brutalist background and took a Hunger Games style approach with fencers, gymnasts and free runners.

Available from iTunes and Amazon now


SOUND OF STREGTH – TRACKLISTING

1. Puccini: Nessun Dorma    
2. Invincible     
3. Barber’s Agnus Dei   
4. Beethoven: Symp No.7 In A Major, Op 92: Allegretto   
5. Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
6. Beethoven: Moonight Sonata: Piano Sonata No.14 in C-Sharp Minor “Quasi Una Fantasi 
7. Caruso     
8. Traditional: Sarabande   
9. With You     
10. Pachabel: Canon in D   
11. Purcell: Dido’s Lament   
12. Bingen: O Euchari in Leta Via  



DR COSTAS – SEQUENCED WORK OUT PLAYLIST

TITLE RECOMMENDED WORK OUT COMPONENT

1. Bingen: O Euchari in Leta Via   Post-exercise recuperation
2. Barber’s Agnus Dei    Cardio-vascular (CV)
3. Invincible     Warm up / stretching
4. Beethoven: Symp No.7 In A Major, Op 92: Allegretto
   Cardio-vascular (CV)
5. Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
      Cardio-vascular (CV)
6. Puccini: Nessun Dorma    Pre-exercise prime
7. Caruso     Strength Training
8. Beethoven: Moonight Sonata: Piano Sonata No.14 in C-Sharp Minor “Quasi Una Fantasia”       Strength Training
9. Pachabel: Canon in D    Stretching/Cool Down
10. With You     Stretching/Cool Down
11. Traditional: Sarabande   Strength Training
12. Purcell: Dido’s Lament   Post-exercise recuperation



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