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- Windmills by Lubomyr Melnyk
8/10 Mike Staff review, 10 January 2014
What a delight it is to have a new record in from legendary Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, and so soon after the last one! Actually he seems to have been uncharacteristically busy of late, breaking a lengthy silence with two solo albums and a breathtaking collaboration with James Blackshaw.
The two lengthy compositions on ‘Windmills’ are both for two pianos - I’m not sure if he’s playing them simultaneously like Tori Amos or if it’s multitracked but as you would expect from Melnyk there are so many notes that it is all but impossible to distinguish between the two. The title track begins with some sporadic, disjointed twinkling which builds slowly into that dense torrent of notes struck in hypnotic formations which is so characteristic of his work. It’s hard not to get swept up in the windswept romanticism of it all.
While this CD does contain two tracks, the transition between the two is seamless so it is essentially an hour of constant flowing twinkles. The sleeve explains that the music is based on an early Walt Disney animation ‘The Old Windmill’, chronicling nature’s onslaught on a windmill over the course of 300 years as it stands, stoic and alone, on the top of a hill. Melnyk’s energetic but soothing style expresses the passage of time so eloquently, unfurling its grandeur in the tiniest increments, all piled atop one another with a sweeping expressiveness but also a solemn emotional distance.
If you’ve picked up any of his marvellous recent albums then you’ll know just what to expect here, but if you’re interested in modern pianists and haven’t yet exposed yourself to his mercurial continuous music style, this is as good a place to start as any.
10/10 Charles Bettle Customer review, 1st December 2013
This is just my second contact with Lubomyr's incredible music, and I am just in awe at his piano playing! This piece, unlike my earlier SONG OF GALADRIEL has almost every element of music that the piano can do, and he does it sopowerfully and with such mastery! This WINDMILLS is just so ,so,SO BEAUTIFUL ! It brings tears to mywife's eyes and sometimes to me too! I can't understand why this guy is not the most famous pianist in the world, really! because after hearing this piece, I can not think of ANY pianist in history who can do what Lubomyr does with the piano. I am totally amazed!
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