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Reviews: Matthias Frey: Five Elements

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Review by RedFox March 14, 2009 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
i have recently bought this sacd since its price
was (and still is) very low (5 euros) at jpc.
i should remark that i was hesitating a bit
before placing an order for the "five elements"

(a) because of the low price which, in general,
might mean a low quality (though i had listened
to the 30 second long samples available on the
home page of jpc and my first impressions were
good.)
(b) i have never heard about matthias frey
the pianist and composer.

after the first listening in my home i was
really surprised.

1.
sonically the recording is excellent, every
instrument is its on place, the nuances can
clearly be heard, the quality of stereo sonics
is high and it really deserves five points. however
my system is stereo only and i can say nothing
about multichannel sonics.

2.
before proceeding i would like to emphasize
that i usually listen to classical music and
jazz (in a proportion 55-60% to 40-45%) and
prefer these genres to the others.

the music of "five elements" reminds me of a
classical jazz recording "forest flower" by
charles lloyd at monterey. reminds me means
that i have similar feelings when i listen
to these recordings.

mathias frey recording is unusually lyrical
and provides a joyous atmosphere which embraces
you and you really feel that the five elements
(fire, water, earth, metal and wood) appear
one by one in your listening room. it is
unbelievable how you are made to feel them
to be there.

highly recommended.

p.s. i am not an expert in music. i can only
write about what feelings and emotions i have
when i am listening to a piece of music.

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