ALthough not very famous, Jeno Jando is a marvelous pianist. He combines lyrical beaty with power and emotion. Both of these attributes are evident in this disc, which contains the piano concertos of Grieg and Schumann, both in the key of a-minor. In Grieg's concerto, Jando creates a perfect balance between Lisztian virtuosity and Grieg's own Norweigan nationalism. The Schumann concerto is my favorite piece on the album, and Schumann's raw emotion comes out perfectly in Jando's interpretation. A word should also be said for the wonderful orchestration of these pieces. This is a wonderful CD both to introduce these romantic piano concertos and to offer a wonderful interpretation of them.
In this feature, we take a look at one of the most effective progressions in the Post-Rock and Ambient domain, exploring the more well known and basic shapes, as well as a variety of darker and more exotic voicings. As always, Corey breaks everything down in his customary style, ensuring students are given the tools necessary to learn and practice the material covered in an efficient manner.
Alberto Rosado showcases some of the most significant modern composers in this well-considered programme. Inevitably he’s up against fierce competition, not least Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recordings of both Ligeti’s Ricercata (included on the disc which received Gramophone’s Contemporary Award in 1997) and the complete Vingt Regards.
The wait is over! Explore the finer aspects of sonic alchemy that is Black Metal. This feature will appease those seeking to explore the atmospheric realms of this very special style. As always, students learn within the context of a real sounding music; the key to continued inspiration and development. The Guitar Pro transcriptions and backing tracks enhance the experience even further, providing superior interactive benefits. Also included, a 7 page PDF study companion, featuring beautiful looking diagrams for all the voicings explored in the tutorial, with notes and detailed insight into each.
Prepare to take a stroll through the noisier side of metal in Blackened Atmospheres. This feature explores melancholy voicings and riff ideas in an atmospheric vein, starting with the basic foundation, then moving onto embellishments and positional variations.