Nils Frahm

Wintermusik

  • ERATP 018CD
  • CD
  • $14.99

limited vinyl with free download and bonus download label compilation. frahm's piano playing is in a similar mold to gonzales' solo piano, also inevitably bringing to mind the likes of peter broderick and max richter. with the inclusion of some tastefully deployed celeste and reed organ you might also find yourself thinking of yann tiersen soundtracks or hauschka's chiming piano preparations, but looking beyond merely making aesthetic comparisons and you'll find an enormously impressive compositional quality at the root of frahm's music. there are just three pieces here, but each one is underpinned by strong themes and a style of writing that far transcends the often too-pastoral-for-its-own good genre. while shorter compositions 'ambre' and 'nue' are comparatively concise and florid (with the former of the two exhibiting something approaching a modern classical version of pop hooks) the album's centre-piece, 'tristana' is a more contemplative outing, entrenched in rich atmospherics and the haunting timbres of the celeste.

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