This is some beautiful music I encountered guys – Beethoven, Chopin & Liszt: Piano Works – performed by the talented young artist Alexei Melnikov. I don’t remember when was the last time I had a toe-tapping experience with Beethoven’s music, but the fact is that this record brought the shiver back. It is simply stunning what Alexei is doing with the keyboard of the beautiful Shigeru Kawai EX grand piano.
It did not happen very often guys that I am so moved by a record that I am urged to write about it and eventually share it with you. But this time it is the case – I stumbled upon an extraordinary piece of recorded music that I would like to inform you about and draw your attention towards it.
I mentioned recently that installing Fostex FE108-Sol drivers and removing the notch filters opened a new chapter in my audiophile journey, yet without good records this journey is leading to nowhere. In the context of my minimalistic approach, based upon crossover-less single-driver speakers, tube amplification and non-oversampling DAC, good record is one conceived in a process of utmost simplicity — use is made of single pair of microphones, no use of electronic manipulation or artificial correction of the signal — as the only way to produce natural sounding record.
I am listening to a lot of tango music recently and I would like to share some findings. Few weeks ago I stumbled upon Adios Nonino record of Salvatore Accardo with Orchestra da Camera Italiana made by Fonè Records that ignited my interest into this genre. I mean I’ve listened to compositions by Astor Piazzolla before but it was never exclusively and with such a pleasure and understanding as these days.
One of the exceptional recordings I have the pleasure to listen in the recent days is Jake Shimabukuro’s latest concert release Live in Japan. This record marks my first encounter with the Japanese American ukulele player born in 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii. I had never took ukulele instrument seriously before I listened to that album.