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Two innovative new releases highlight the course of classical music in the 21st Century: Cortical Songs (Nonclassical) by the duo John Matthias and Nick Ryan and Provenance (Innova) cellist, Maya Beiser's new album. Both albums underscore a growing desire by musicians and composers to avoid confining forms, formats, and labels. Both releases come right up to the classical music line; neither crosses it.
Beiser's album is the most recent addition in a line of releases over the years exploring cross cultural musical influences. Beiser can thank Yo Yo Ma and his Silk Road Project for making albums like Provenance viable. Provenance means origins. The album reflects Beiser's origins (she grew up in Israel) and the intertwined origins of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. For the project, Beiser commissioned four new pieces and recorded a cover of Jimmy Plant and Robert Page's Kashmir - Beiser brilliantly carries the song's vocal line with her cello. The album wears well on repeated listening. Part of the reason for this is the homogeneity of sounds, effects, and atmospheres utilized in each piece. Another reason this album wears well is that there are genuinely interesting moments. There is the ear opening arrangement of Kashmir of course, but Tamar Muskal's work Mar de Leche also stands out because of the piece's own origins - a Ladino love song. Sung text opens the piece followed by a variety of interesting rhythms including stumbling pizzicato's and infectious dances. As expected, Beiser's playing is exceptional through out. -- The Gathering Note - June 25, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
An unexpected delight that has but Maya Beiser on my radar. This promising artist needs to be supported. Buy this. There will be no regrets.
The clarity of the recording, and the passion of the artist, combine to let you hear her breathing as she saws on the strings, like a concert hall performance for an audience of one.
Only 5 songs, but they're long, and gorgeous, and I get entranced every time.
The energetic fifth track, Kashmir, is exactly the cover you think it is, but so well executed you won't believe it. It ranks somewhere in my top-10 favorite individual music tracks ever -- maybe top-5. (Just don't ask me to list the others - I'm terrible at remembering artists and song titles.)
If you enjoy the soul-strumming character of the cello, this is a must-buy album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice example of interpreting modern cello without forgetting cultural roots and traditions. The voice of the instrument build the athmosphere. Good feeling !Published on December 31, 2013 by V. Bergamelli
I heard this music on NPR, and had to buy the CD. I wasn't disappointed. The music is stupendous. You can see Maya performing these on U-tube, which adds a whole other dimension... Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by Tadwilly Permanganate
I first heard Maya Beiser on the radio playing the Led Zeppelin tune, Kashmir, which is on this CD. My wife and I both knew immediately that we had to have this CD in our... Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by Glenn Miller
this was okay. Didn't knock me out.
There's the rage now with cello players.
It's fine, and a sort of cool instrument,
but I think things get rather hyped up... Read more