With SOLO PIANO, Glass presents himself "unplugged" - no electronic keyboards or synthesizers, and no overdubs, either - just solo piano. Here, Glass' connection to the established "classical" tradition is most evident. Though his pieces are "minimal" (subtly altered repeated patterns or melodic motifs), yet they have an unsentimental beauty and heartfelt grace that one would hear in J.S. Bach's English Suites, as well as the piano music of Chopin and Erik Satie.
Non è la prima volta che Renato Zero si confronta con un'orchestra: lo aveva già fatto con progetti come l'album "Leoni si nasce" del 1984 e il tour "ZerOpera" del 1993 (e più volte, nelle sue tournée, ha ospitato grandi ensemble - anche nel recente "Alt tour"). Stavolta, però, il Re dei Sorcini alza un l'asticella: "Zerovskij" non è un semplice disco e non sarà una semplice tournée. È un progetto più complesso, quasi un lavoro drammaturgico: nella scheda di presentazione scritta per i giornalisti, il cantautore lo definisce "un percorso non facile ed insolito" e ci sfida a comprenderlo, ad indovinarlo. E allora, sfida accettata.
Dave McKenna made a remarkably piano solo debut in 1955 with the fifteen tunes he recorded for ABC Paramount (1-15). The remaining tracks on this compilation also come from a solo album, one he cut almost eight years later for the label Realm. Playing without a rhythm section, a key challenge for a jazz pianist, McKenna accomplished a recital of lasting value and pleasure. He plays with strength, individuality, fine beat and technique, and constant taste in all tempos. He is a wonderfully co-ordinated two-handed pianist.
The thirty-five CDs that make up the present boxed set are designed to acquaint listeners with one of the most important pianists of the 20th century or, if they are already familiar with his work, to allow them to rediscover it anew. Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991) was the final representative of the great tradition of German pianists that also included Artur Schnabel (1882-1951) and Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969). Of the three, Kempff had by far the longest career - he gave his last public concert in 1982.
Yakov Papyan (b. 1940), also known as Yasha Papian, is an Armenian viola player, laureate of various Soviet and international competitions, the Honored Artist of Armenia. He had been studying with Mikhail Terian and later received his PhD diploma from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Since 1996, Yasha Papian lives in California, USA.
This unique double album presents recordings of Chris Norman’s greatest hits from the last 30 years of his musical career. Disc one contains no less than 16 Smokie tracks, whereas the 19 tracks on disc two deliver an exciting mix of solo hits and five as yet unreleased songs and demonstrates the impressive artistic development of Chris Norman over the last three decades.
The record has an interestingly stately air to it, considering Polly Eltes' breathy, quirky vocals and Michael Karoli's apparent fascination with variations on reggae rhythms (not too surprising, considering the spiritual link between Can and the output of Jamaican mixers.) The complete set would be more compelling and striking, though, if there were a little more focus – Karoli and Eltes spend quite a bit of time simply drifting into thematic hooks, leaving the listener in limbo for too long on a regular basis. When it clicks, though, it is excellent.