The Russian-British pianist Alexander Melnikov has recorded Shostakovich and a variety of Romantic chamber music with great success. But nothing quite prepares the listener for the controlled power in these performances of three Prokofiev piano sonatas. The Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82, and Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84, are among the most modernist works Prokofiev ever wrote. They appeared during World War II and are often thought, with some justification, to reflect that environment.
Shapeshifter is a melodic an rhythmical electronic album by Venja aka Johan Geens from Belgium. The track "Drifting" was especially composed for the Space Opera concert at the Cosmodrome in Genk, February 28th 2014.
Cathedral keyboards and fuzzedout guitars levitate above pounding, tribal poly rhythms while sparsely placed vocals echo in the dense sonic landscapes. The band brings together trippy and reverb soaked guitar melodies, along with otherworldly vocals, for an experience that can only be described as riding a horse through the harsh and arid plains of the American Old West while tripping on something a bit stronger than your standard LSD. Impressively, the album never falters, not for one second. One of the reasons for this is how every track blends together making the experience a truly singular one; a 43-minute pilgrimage through a dusty, sun-baked expansion of one’s own consciousness.
Azymuth are back! With Fênix, their first album in five years, the Brazilian mavericks have recreated the energy of those spellbinding seventies’ sessions which would launch them into international recognition and confirm their status as one of Brazil’s most successful bands. It's a ten-track journey through the full spectrum of Azymuth’s brilliantly coloured expressionist fusion, with all the cosmic energy and masterful musicianship you’d expect from the world's greatest three-man orchestra… Azymuth rise from the ashes!