“I am so excited to share this collection of music 3 years in the making! Dies Irae consists of 13 tracks, set in the year 3000. It explores different textures, genres, and sounds, rooted in my classical music background, and expands from there into various directions. This version of the Moonlight Sonata is set on an Alien Planet interspersed with the calls of Spirit Animals that live in the skies- when producing the arrangement, I envisioned the setting and visuals, which you can see in the music video. I hope you guys enjoy this song!”
— Tina Guo
The GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Female “Artist of the Year” Award-nominated cellist stands out as the rare talent who can bring an outdoor festival crowd to its feet or ignite the score of a record-breaking blockbuster. As a soloist, her cello courses through the soundtracks for Wonder Woman, The Lion King, Inception, Dunkirk, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, X-Men Dark Phoenix, Iron Man 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, 3, & 4, League of Legends, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, CSI: NY, and The Vikings, to name a few. She has accompanied Hans Zimmer, Steven Tyler, Skrillex, Joe Bonamassa, Foo Fighters, Al Di Meola, and Carlos Santana on stage and John Legend, Ciara, and many more on tape. She thrived in the spotlight on Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour, which entertained 3.7 million-plus concertgoers in packed arenas and became one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. Not to mention, she lit up the sold-out League of Legends World Championship at the Staples Center streamed over 33 million times. Along the way, she also picked up 53 million YouTube views, 374K subscribers, and 40 million Spotify streams to date. However, Tina’s vision unfolds like never before on her 2021 album, Dies Irae [Sony Music Masterworks].
It comprises 10 classical pieces and three original compositions. The trio of originals includes the solo “Moonheart” and a version with vocals by none other than iconic System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. Anchoring this celestial dreamscape, her cello floats underneath a dynamic performance from Serj as his voice stretches to operatic heights before crashing back to whispers and poignant spoken word. “I’ve been a huge fan of Serj since middle school,” she smiles. “It was a dream come true to be able to collaborate with him. It’s a very mystical track. It’s a little esoteric and slightly out there. I didn’t even tell Serj about the concept, and he wrote these lyrics about space. I’ve never had a vocal feature, so this was really amazing.
03.Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto Mvt 1
04.River Flows In You
07.Adagio for Strings and Organ
08.Fantaisie – Impromptu (Op 66)
10.Toccata and Fugue
11.Night on Bald Mountain
13.Moonhearts in Space
OVERALL RATING: 5 stars