Alexandra Streliski’s album Pianoscope was initially released in 2010, so many neoclassical albums ago, and it is quite right and deserving that it should be introduced to the record buying public again now. Luscious arpeggios and melancholy melodies abound on this set, which is sure to accompany your next session of staring moodily out of a window perfectly. Reissued by Secret City.
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I wouldn’t be surprised if you, like me, let this record slip by on first issue a whole 8 years ago. Yes, Alexandra Stréliski’s debut album Pianoscope was a self-release in 2010 but it has been rescued from the Neoclassical mountain of Backburnia for an audience eagerly awaiting the gentle, melodic and slightly melancholic wonders within. It’s a beautiful and elegant record filled with nimble, deftly light and gorgeously fluid piano playing.
This is a sound that’ll make you just wish you could saunter straight into a French film full of tastefully furnished salons with sophisticated, arty and tormented people shuffling about, quietly. There are oodles of sumptuous arpeggios and I’m reminded strongly of Philip Glass at the piano when listening to ‘Bourrasques’, in particular. Then there’s the slow, sad waltz of ‘Le Vieillard’ which makes me want to give up any pretensions I had at playing piano.
Stréliski’s music speaks of metropolitan refinement and grace; it has an air of cinematic dreaminess, with echoes of Ravel at his most linear and Bill Evans at his most romantic. And I’m kind of hooked. But I won't kill myself if I don't get my own copy.
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