CD Reviews

Friday 2nd April

April 2, 2010

So today’s listening and consequent writing didn’t quite go to plan. Since I recently received nine new discs from Creative Sources in the post I figured I would work my way through some of the remaining discs left from the last parcel Ernesto sent last year, and as much as I dislike doing it, the plan was to write a series of capsule reviews a la Brian’s so to get up to date and write longer pieces on some of the new discs. Well I set out with this in mind, and put the first disc into the player, a CD by Sylvain Chauveau named Touching Down Lightly, and then somehow I didn’t listen to anything else the rest of the day. This CD is really rather beautiful indeed. The disc contains one piece of solo piano music, lasting forty-eight minutes, played by Chauveau, who I know nothing other than his website lets me know, but it would appear he has quite a number of solo discs available. It is both inevitable and predictable that a review I might write of a solo piano work I like reminds me of Feldman, but Touching Down Lightly really does. The music drifts along at a mostly slow pace with carefully picked out notes allowed to hang in the space and dies slowly, often very slowly indeed. There are little repeated patterns, lengthy spaces left between segments and a kind of melancholic grandeur about it all. If these traits don’t allow me to mention Feldman then I guess nothing will…

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