Release Date: Dec 7, 2018
Record label: Erased Tapes
That superficial talk of the speed of the piano-playing entirely misses the point is perfectly clear from this recording which derives from Melnyk's response to seeing felled trees during the course of a rail journey through a European forest. Contrasts across the recording seem to stress the pace of mechanical movement (the train, the cutting down) set against the strange dignity associated with the death of the naturally majestic. One of the most impressive tracks is "Barcarolle", named after a style of music based on the rhythms of Venetian gondolier folk song.
Ukrainian continuous piano pioneer Lubomyr Melnyk may be turning 70 just before Christmas but that does not mean that his career is entering a largely irrelevant, nostalgia-fuelled twilight phase. In fact, somewhat bizarrely, Melnyk's career is only now reaching its apex. Having languished in relative obscurity for decades, Melnyk was brought to wider public attention in 2013 by Erased Tapes, the now ubiquitous modern classical label that is also home to the likes of A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ólafur Arnalds, and Nils Frahm.