Review by Chris May 28, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
|While basically agreeing with "raffel's" review I'm not quite as enthusiastic about this disc as he obviously is.And I see no reason to downgrade other discs.
It is quite interesting music yes. And very well ,albeit a bit closely recorded, with solo instruments violin and flute,very close indeed.
But tonally and timbrally things really shine and the sound is very lifelike.
I have just upgraded my system with Musical Fidelity's X-PSU V3 power supply and unlike "raffels" I feel the need to upgrade several of my earlier reviews regarding sound quality.
I really like the two first movements of the Violin Concerto ,but find the hand-clapping and the "Bach Brandenburg Concerto style" third movement less successful.The Baroque sound-world seems strangely out of place in this otherwise quite modern Violin Concerto.
And there is more than one, almost literal quote from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.But I can live with that.
I'm still getting to grips with The girl from Guatemala. Possibly I'll like it more when I get to know it more.Maybe it's all the hand-clapping that I find hard to digest?
The Concerto for Flute and Orchestra is quite captivating and melodic with some atmospheric scoring and like the Violin Concerto it is full of nice rhytms.
On the other hand, I again find the recurring hand-clapping a bit strange and not quite convincing.
But on the whole David Chesky's music is, both serious and "happy" ,"jazzy" music that "rocks" and might serve as an entry to even more demanding modern music.
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