This disc represents Volume 2 of a set of the complete Beethoven symphonies currently in progress (the first volume, on the Talent label, included Symphonies 4 and 7 and was reviewed by Colin Anderson in 29:2). In a clumsily translated note Herreweghe refers to “nature” trumpets and “Baroque kettle drums with modern tuning”; these would appear to be the only concessions to period practice—by all accounts, the Royal Flemish orchestra employs modern instruments. This series would appear, then, to be comparable to the latest set conducted by Roger Norrington, with the orchestra of the Stuttgart Radio, on Hänssler.
Presto Ballet is a progressive rock band founded by Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. Their sound is highly reminiscent of 1970s prog rock, as the band was founded chiefly as a tribute to classic progressive bands such as Yes, Kansas, Genesis and Deep Purple. Their debut album Peace among the Ruins, was released in 2005 to general praise and considerable press. Critics consistently commented on the album's warm and organic sound, a feeling created through the use of analogue recorders and vintage instruments.
If you love 70's styled prog with tons of vintage keyboards, crunchy riffs, and memorable melodies, you need to get your hands on this one.
Obsil is the alias of Italian electronic musician Giulio Aldinucci. He was born in Siena in 1981 and began his musical education as a young child. In addition to his musical research, that always focuses on different synthesis methods and on the use of field recordings, he also writes music for acoustic instruments and short film soundtracks. "Vicino" is the musician's third album and follows in the same vein to his previous works. Aldinucci's music shares comparisons to the works of Susumu Yokota & Fennesz. Found sounds collide with lush classical orchestration which at times seems chaotic but the artist amazingly manages to keep everything sounding controlled and also rhythmically structured.This results in what can only be described as epic.