Apparently Slava has actually played areas of this collection as solo pieces for several years, based on a reasonably dependable way to obtain mine. The brothers’ dad features slaved away on producing a duo transcription for the periods room throughout the last few years to produce this gem and possesses already been well worth the energy.
Just what exactly do I reckon then?
Tchaikovsky on guitar. Hmmm, I thought. Undoubtedly this really is comparable to an elephant operating a tricycle – it is just not gonna fit! Grandiose Russian intimate songs, a composer popular for making use of the total might of this symphonic orchestra*. Oh me personally of small trust! Used to don’t reckon regarding really skilful transcribing abilities of Grigoryan Senior. Most of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent, balletic qualities are not only retained, but provocatively enhanced by the Grigoryans. This really is testament perhaps not not just to the marvelous transcriptions, additionally to the immense skill that these two brothers possess.
The record is an actual aural delight. As one may expect through the Grigoryans, the playing is excellent – that almost goes without saying! – and also the most of enough time both guitarists noise as one, being so plainly coordinated. One thing that stands apart very obviously in my situation in this recording, plus one that we noted in particular right from the very first listen, could be the tone high quality produced through the entire entire suite. it is actually quite striking with its richness, fullness – brilliant and clear whenever required, yet making such a huge, fat delicious watermelon of a sound. You are able to very nearly take in the liquid dripping out of the speakers. The tone quality produced in “January (because of the Fireside)” from about 1min 20sec mark had me drooling. Deeeelicious!
Not too their tone high quality had been all that shabby on early in the day tracks (such 2009’s Distance), but there’s some thing slightly extra-special right here. I’m uncertain exactly what it is – recording strategy, change in method, the Redgate guitars bedding in, or combination of the above. Whatever it's, hold carrying it out because it sounds flipping awesome!
Regardless of “January (because of the Fireside)”, the “stand out” track in my situation on the record is “May (White Nights)” which is a carefully lilting lullaby-esque piece. This track is definitely delightful – that gorgeous tone into the fore, with an unfussy arrangement truly permitting the elegant music lines shine through. I happened to be also actually hit by “August (The Harvest)” contains elements very reduced in the guitar’s sign-up, with a gorgeous, superbly wealthy and sonorous quality.
In summary this is a great recording – an incredible arrangement, including newer and more effective repertoire in to the mix (can you publish the sheet music please men?!), a really accessible recording with definite appeal outside guitarist sectors, and shows our absolute best guitarists are extremely going from strength to strength.