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  David Chesky: Violin, Flute Concertos - Area 31
  David Chesky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, The Girl from Guatemala, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Tom Chiu (violin)
Wonjung Kim (soprano)
Jeffrey Khaner (flute)
Area 31
Anthony Aibel (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Chamber
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Reviews: 2

Review by Chris May 28, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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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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Review by raffells May 27, 2005 (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Can I start this review by saying I will downgrade the sonics of all previous reviews by half a star after listening to this remarkable disc.Its a sonic marvel.Quickly on to the Music which is hard to describe by comparing to other composers as some have done..You cannot its so original..Albeit the three works are different the names Messaen Hendrix Martinu Stravinsky Ravel and a dozen others may come to mind but dont individually come close...Virtuoso fiddle playing in (1),nice singing in (2)dazzling flute concerto that is more a concerto for orchestra and flute..It has parts for handclappers that bring to mind Lord of the Dance Irish if you are totally confused by this description its gonna take someone better than me to stick a label on it....Fun Serious music....Demo disc whatever..BUY BUY BUY..

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