Friday, January 27, 2012

Lena Ledoff - Komeda Chopin Komeda (MTJ, 2011)

Lena Ledoff - pianist

Komeda Chopin Komeda (MTJ, 2011)

The biggest advantage of this album is simple but brilliant concept to play Chopin and Komeda compositions in medley way. That nobody yet has come up with this idea in our over-chopinated and too-komedized country is really amazing! However so far as regards the implementation of this concept I remain skeptical. The reason is as simple as Miss Ledoff idea: her playing has neither so typical for jazz pianists ease of improvisation nor lightness and proficiency characteristic for best classical pianists. But that is not critic addressed towards this Russian-born artist residing since approx. 10 years in Poland and having altogether three albums recorded during her career. It would require a musician of an improvising talent of Leszek Możdżer and a technique of Rafał Blechacz all united in one person! Mission impossible and I feel we may wait for a pianist having such a profile for a long time yet... In the meantime this disc though lacking in jazz freedom and classical finesse, monotonous at moments and rough in articulation is worth checking for all those in love with Komeda and Chopin musical languages. 

Check sample of music from this album:

Author: Maciej Nowotny

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