The Piano Duo: Live in Concert


Sign in to view read count
The Piano Duo: Live in Concert This CD is the latest production by the small label Green House Music from Wuppertal, Germany - famous for its train which is suspended from a monorail. The cover of the CD explains it all: The Piano Duo: René Pretschner and Melo Mafali Live in Concert featuring Jennifer Lim: Jazz Meets Classic. This live concert was recorded in April 2002 by German radio "Deutschlandfunk" in the historic city hall of Wuppertal featuring the piano duo Pretschner and Mafali in the first half and a the classically trained pianist Lim in the second half. Due to the professional recording team and the two Steinway concert grands used, the recorded piano sound is flawless.

The three musicians represented here appear on several other Green House Music releases. Pretschner, a native of Wuppertal, joined Mafali, who is of Italian origin, for a trip to Cuba in 1996 to undertake some study of Latin music. This was followed in 1997 by their debut album El Latino. Another duo album followed in 1999. The second part of the program features Jennifer Lim, a Julliard graduate of Korean-Canadian origin who makes her home in the USA, who has also recorded a CD of classical works for the label.

The piano duo plays two jazz standards ("All Blues" and "St. Thomas"), one Latin standard ("Bésame Mucho") and three originals by Pretschner and Mafali. Lim plays a program of four original pieces written by these gentlemen. The original material draws on jazz, Spanish, Latin American, and romantic and impressionistic classical influences. Although "contemporary", the music is always melodic with harmonies to match; it stays well clear of "experimental" or atonal elements. This is intelligent piano music, performed virtuostically by the three artists. The interaction between Pretschner and Mafali as a duo is brilliant. They add a welcome new facet to the art of piano duo, which is all too rarely performed.

This review would be incomplete without mentioning an unusual element on this CD. Interspersed with the music in the first part are recitations in German by actor Olaf Reitz: one short text by Miles Davis (which can be found in the English original in the CD booklet) and two poems of Latin and Greek origin (sadly without English translation).

Live In Concert is recommended for listeners who like piano music and are open to look beyond the boundaries of jazz into the realm of modern classical music. For those who prefer to remain within the boundaries, the two main artists here have also recorded some recommended straightforward CDs on the label.

Visit Green House Music at www.greenhousemusic.de .

Track Listing: 1) All Blues (Davis) 2) Caf

Personnel: Ren

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Green House Music | Style: Contemporary/Smooth


More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Jim Crow's Tears" CD/LP/Track Review Jim Crow's Tears
by James Nadal
Published: November 10, 2016
Read "Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus" CD/LP/Track Review Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Soul’s Journey Home" CD/LP/Track Review Soul’s Journey Home
by Jim Olin
Published: February 27, 2016
Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture" CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Super Petite" CD/LP/Track Review Super Petite
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 12, 2016
Read "Aritmia" CD/LP/Track Review Aritmia
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: March 23, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!