Live In Marciac [+Digital Booklet]

February 22, 2011 | Format: MP3

$14.49
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Digital Booklet: Live In Marciac
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 2, 2011
  • Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2011 Nonesuch Records, Inc. a Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 1:41:47
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  • ASIN: B004OC65CC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,819 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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Perhaps all that can be said is that Mehldau plays like Mehldau.
Matthew Miller
My personal favorite piece was Lilac Wine...very dramatic and simply beautiful.
Stephen Cabral
The music come in two CDs and the video + music comes on a Nonesuch DVD.
Clarke G. Isackson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Miller on February 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I will admit at the outset that I have something of a love-hate relationship with solo piano albums: A few of the most exhilarating, beautiful albums I have ever heard are solo piano outings, and yet I find just as many solo piano albums as not exercises in aimless wandering. This is luckily not the case with Brad Mehldau, whose playing here is wonderful, and if anything, actually more concise and focused than his last released live trio effort. Fans of Mehldau will undoubtedly greatly appreciate this album, though I suspect they already knew that would be the case.

I find it hard to accurately describe the music here because Mehldau has such a distinctive voice that any comparison would be have to be couched in many qualifications. Perhaps all that can be said is that Mehldau plays like Mehldau. He is steeped in the language of numerous musical styles: as likely to draw on the straight polyrhythmic feel of modern classical music (as he does with much skill on "Things Behind the Sun"), rock (Radiohead's "Exit Music" and Nirvana's "Lithium" are both on the playlist) as he is to draw from the more traditional jazz idiomatic feel. Mehldau's true skill is not just in his virtuosic capabilities, but his abilities to weave these influences together to create unique, exhilarating music that is never lost in abstraction.

Mehldau is a truly gifted ballad player, and "Secret Love" here is a real beauty, but to my ears the real gems of this album are the rock songs. This take of "Lithium" truly took me aback. It segues seamlessly from the track before it, but quickly takes off.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cabral on March 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite solo piano album since Herbie Hancock's The Piano back in the 70's. It's challenging to not becoming stagnant with playing only one instrument over the course of two CD's, but Brad Mehldau is such an interesting and varied musician that it never becomes an issue. My personal favorite piece was Lilac Wine...very dramatic and simply beautiful. He also creatively covers Radiohead, Nirvana, Nick Drake and The Beatles...not to mention Bach, Brahms and Cole Porter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John W. Mackin on June 13, 2011
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Brad Mehldau is fantastic in "Live in Marciac." There are two sides to Brad, his solo piano and his trio. This set of a DVD and two CDs celebrates his solo piano side. You will love it. And the video of him playing on the DVD is superbly done. I could watch it 100 times.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn VINE VOICE on February 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've got every Brad Mehldau release, plus many radio recordings, and his live performances are always interesting. While I prefer his trio outings to his solo performances - he has a tendency to wander more when he plays solo - this set is a fine collection of tune played in Brad's inimitable style. In addition, while the sound on Live in Tokyo was a bit dry and harsh, the sound here is much warmer, and more realistic. (I felt that Live in Tokyo must have undergone some digital processing.)

One oddity though, and I'm not sure if this is on the CDs or not. (I bought this directly from Nonesuch, and got downloads of the MP3 files today, just after the actual package shipped.) A couple of tracks end with loud applause that doesn't fade out; it just cuts off as the next track starts, and this is a bit odd. For example, Lilac Wine has very loud applause at the end (and it deserves it; it's a beautiful song), then cuts off immediately as Martha My Dear begins. But at the end of Martha My Dear, the same thing happens; it cuts from applause to My Favorite Things. It is not normal that a professionally edited album would have this abrupt cut between tracks, so I'm guessing it's the MP3s that Nonesuch provided; I'll know when I get the discs and rip them myself.

As such, I haven't yet seen the DVD, but the music is excellent, and having seen films of Brad in performance, I'm sure it will be interesting. (I've notably seen a trio performance of his from the same venue, which is shown on European TV from time to time.)

My only other regret is that the set is only 100 minutes long. I'd gladly listen to more.

5 stars for the music; 1 star off for the abrupt edits. I'll change it if the CD does not indeed have these same odd edits.
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