Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke debuted his first-ever classical music composition, “Don’t Fear the Light”, during a series of “Minimalist Dream House” concerts in Europe earlier this month. For those not fortunate enough to witness it live, the piece is now available to stream in full.
On Sunday, BBC Radio 3 aired the exclusive first-play of “Don’t Fear the Light”. The recording was taken from one of the “Minimalist Dream House” shows at Philharmonie de Paris.
Additionally, the hour-long BBC episode featured “Gawpers”, a new Yorke song debuted during the same concert event, and his performance of the Oscar-nominated Suspiria cut “Suspirium”. The National’s own Bryce Dessner also participated in the live series, and his new works were included in the broadcast as well. The “Minimalist Dream House” concerts were presented by and featured French piano duo Katia & Marielle Labeque.
Head here to listen to “Don’t Fear the Light” around the 27:30 mark and “Gawpers” at 47:20.
Below, you can revisit fan-caught footage of Yorke’s “Gawpers” performance.
Coming this weekend on #Unclassified: the exclusive first play of @thomyorke's first ever classical composition, Don't Fear The Light: https://t.co/Uaf9rDJLWh@philharmonie @elizabethalker @radiohead pic.twitter.com/K0wmHtVZ2f
— BBC Radio 3 (@BBCRadio3) April 24, 2019
Yorke is expected to release a new solo album sometime this year. In anticipation, stock up on all of his past vinyl releases here.