In his Bartók recordings, Boulez concentrates on the lyrical and intellectual aspects of the music. Shaham goes along with him very well, and they produce some exquisitely beautiful moments, along with extremely clear renderings of the orchestration. But the peasant earthiness so much a part of Bartók's musical makeup is largely absent from these performances, and when Boulez tries to whip up a rousing climax, the result sounds unconvincing. The late Sir Yehudi Menuhin brings out more aspects of this music, with the composer's student Antal Dorati conducting, as does Isaac Stern. This disc is mostly for those who find Bartók too noisy. --Leslie Gerber
It's been awhile and this is my third Pulling Teeth post in a row but thats because I've been incredibly stoked about this cd coming out over the past few months. It's finally here. Funerary is a metallic hardcore masterpiece. If you are into metal, hardcore, ambient, even black metal, you will find something to enjoy on this cd. The first half of the album is like a more evolved version of their older material. (Which I have not posted on here) The second half slows things down to create a creep haunting and at times beautifully dark landscape. This might be my album of the year. I highly recommend picking this one up, it's that good.
you wanna know the most impressive thing about utabi? it isn't the obvious extreme amount of effort put into his music, or even the raw emotional quality of it... its the point that you realize "wait a second, all of this was made through frequency modulation!?". if you aren't into synthesis like a bunch of audionerds like me are, fm synthesis is the way that your radio picks up fm stations... sine waves modulating the frequency of other sine waves. through this simple process, utabi manages to create everything from calming synths, to pounding bass drums, to a realistic HUMAN VOICE. this dude has got some mad skills, and you will not regret downloading this album, and his other one. yes, you heard me right, he has only released 2 albums, its a shame :(