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Decacorde: Preludi, Fantasia, ~ Various

Straight from the beginning of [modern Finnish composer] Pekka Jalkanen's hard-picked harmonic note and the soon thereafter introduced explodingly powerful and fast arpeggios, you note that Mari Mäntylä really has some technical excellence of her instrument! Throughout the recording the touch on the strings is so strong, most accurate and extremely desicive. The three Jalkanen premiéres are possibly the most interesting part here, since they contain the most of the drama, but the highly classic (= much played) Bach and Dowland pieces are performed with [almost] the same… Read more
Vision Of Peace - The Art Of Ravi Shankar ~ Ravi Shankar
First: 'Homage to Baba Allauddin' / rAga Hemant [DISC#1, "bonus" track] is _the best_ Ravi Shankar rAga performance on disc _I've_ ever heard, though I've heard them so many! Especially the tabla sounds [both aurally and rhythmically] so majestic and almost better than _any_ tabla player or tabla sound ever. In this Hemant, also Ravi performs the most virtuosic-emotional combination of playing that would've been hard to surpass even by himself! Actually, this Hemant _almost_ overshadows the utmost mastery of Ali Akbar Khan in his rendition of this spring melody in 'Then & Now' [DISC#2].

About the titles: The first recording is originally called 'Towards the Rising Sun', with the… Read more
Approaching ~ Liberty Ship
Approaching ~ Liberty Ship
[A revised review:]

Epilogue: This recording is just what the name implies! The music is "free" and free-flowing, with a sensibility of a seafare with all its twists and turns of weather and the feeling of 'approaching' something distant. You get drawn inside an atmosphere of constant re-evaluation and change, as well as prolonged staying in a single mood of awaiting what's next. The drama, the strong emotions are there.

The melodies, rhythms and harmonies: Esa Pietilä (t. sax.), the leader, has never on disc played this good! In case you don't know anything of Esa Pietilä, check his playing at a 'tube video of him improvising on Bach's Chaconne (rec… Read more