Iñaki Sandoval: Estonian Suite: Live In TallinnBy
"Suite For Piano No. 1 Chorale, In G Major" opens with gentle, spacious, chordssilence is as affecting as Sandoval's playing. It builds almost imperceptibly, slowly becoming more intense until he's striking a flurry of notes that suddenly resolves into another phase of gentle introspection. It's an impressive combination of emotions, melodies and harmonies. Later in the Suite, Sandoval draws on Estonian traditional songs and the theme from "Ilus On Maa" by Rein Rannap, creating a lyrical and beautiful interlude.
The second suite, "Suite For Piano No. 2 Mimesis, In B Minor," is shorter and thematically more consistent. Sandoval's left hand is used sparingly, his right deftly crafts melodic lines. "Two Nocturnes" is inspired by Chopin and by the magic of Estonia's long winter nights. Both pieces readily conjure up feelings of stillness and calm. The second, in F Major, sounds like a torch song melody just waiting for a lyric. "Ilus On Maa" appears again, as a single piece characterised by Sandoval's delicate touch and sense of space. The concert's encore, "Viljandi," is the first song he wrote in Estonia, a worthy tribute to the country's "most beautiful town."
Sandoval's beautiful Miracielos (Bebyne Records, 2012), recorded with Billy Hart and Eddie Gomez, ably demonstrated his ability in a jazz piano trio format. Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn shows Sandoval's strengths as a solo performer of great sensitivity and dynamism: another excellent addition to his discography.
Suite For Piano No. 1 Chorale, In G Major; After The Rain; Suite For Piano No. 2 Mimesis, In B Minor; Two Nocturnes; Harmonic Etudes; The Old Tree; Ilus On Maa; Viljandi.
Iñaki Sandoval: piano.
Title: Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Bebyne Records
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