Frank Bungarten holds a special position amongst concert guitarists of today. On the one hand, through his artistic stance, he belongs to the ‘Old School’, loyal to original works and uncompromising in his search for truth in music. On the other hand, wide and sustained success has brought him recognition far beyond the confines of the ‘guitar world’. (…)2005 Frank Bungarten was honoured with the “Echo Klassik” as “Instrumentalist of the Year” for his CD “Cancion y Danza”.
A superb combination at this live event, held 1991 in Cologne. The two musicians joined their forces to create an outstanding work of Berlin School / rhythm and drum music. 3 long pieces show a good expresion of the evening. Overall, a synth album with plenty of live atmosphere, an attractive and unusual emphasis on live drums, and involving variations from abstract to highly integrated sounds.
“… these Caprichos are an exhaustive workout for guitar. Frank Bungarten was awarded the first prize in the International Guitar Competition in Granada, Spain, by Segovia himself. His playing is very clean and clear … One must remark, too, upon the quality of the recording.“ (Fanfare)
Harald Grosskopf was the first drummer and percussionist in the world of electronic music to perform with sequencers. First with Manuel Goettsching's cult space rock band Ashra in the seventies, also drumming for the speed symphonic band Wallenstein and also on Klaus Schulze's classic analog synth albums. He then released seven solo albums. Published on legendary Sky records, "Synthesist" (1980) and "Oceanheart" (1985) figure at the top. In the 90s he started the project Sunya Beat with Axel Heilhecker. He also collaborated with Steve Baltes (computer, keys) for numerous works (N-Tribe …)
…Harald Vogel is an authoritative proponent and guide through all aspects of this music, and the quality of his playing, and of the recordings and choice of instruments can hardly be faulted. Already recognised as interpretations and recordings without equal, certainly in a complete edition, this set has to be considered the current Buxtehude standard bearer.
Frank Sinatra turned 80 in 1995, and Capitol released this two-disc "best of" in celebration. Sinatra's initial tenure at Capitol, which lasted from 1953 to 1962, is generally considered to be his artistic watermark. His voice and technique had improved considerably since his initial peak of popularity in the mid-'40s (the "swinging" phrasing most commonly associated with Sinatra's style really came to the fore during the Capitol years); he also had the good fortune to work with Nelson Riddle and Billy May, whose inventive arrangements certainly brought out the best in Sinatra's singing. This set's song selection is tough to argue with, but you'll really need to get all of Sinatra's Capitol albums to gauge the true measure of the man's artistry. ~ Dan Epstein