Adam Bałdych and Leszek Możdżer, Passacaglia, ACT ****

More a Wigmore Hall kind of record than fodder for a steaming mosh pit in a sweaty club, and certainly more at home in a BBC Radio 3 classical-crossover slot like Georgia Mann's morning show than in a swingalong favourite playlist rung in on Jazz …

Published: 26 Jan 2024. Updated: 32 days.

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More a Wigmore Hall kind of record than fodder for a steaming mosh pit in a sweaty club, and certainly more at home in a BBC Radio 3 classical-crossover slot like Georgia Mann's morning show than in a swingalong favourite playlist rung in on Jazz Record Requests, there's some beautiful new thinking delivered so majestically over sweeping classical themes here from the Polish duo of violinist Adam Bałdych and pianist Leszek Możdżer. With themes by Erik Satie, Josquin des Prez and others the album makes use of Renaissance violin, and two grand pianos tuned to different frequencies. Tonally it's very special. And you end up sucked into a world that is neither ancient nor exactly modern but more a space only these two special musicians know. The pair may well be needing a new mantlepiece when awards season comes around. Passacaglia certainly deserves every award going. Out today. Photo: Wiktor Franko

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Anni Kiviniemi Trio, Eir, WeJazz ***1/2

A lot of new piano music on the site today - but this is the only piano trio and what a revelation it proves. Led by the Finn Anni Kiviniemi you get a sense of the national obsession with tango on opener 'Tiu Dropar' and as the album progresses …

Published: 26 Jan 2024. Updated: 32 days.

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A lot of new piano music on the site today - but this is the only piano trio and what a revelation it proves. Led by the Finn Anni Kiviniemi you get a sense of the national obsession with tango on opener 'Tiu Dropar' and as the album progresses certainly a strong classical technique grounded in the Romantics can be gleaned. Compatriots bassist Eero Tikkanen and drummer Hans Hulbaekmo are the pianist's bandmates here, all the tunes are originals and convincing they are too. If you into Iiro Rantala or even more to the point Alexi Tuomarila then you'll be at home here with Kiviniemi's approach. Pick of the tunes - oh not easy but perhaps the impressionism of 'Mére' wins the day.