Friday, December 14, 2018

Martin Ptak - River Tales [Col Legno]

Released on November 2nd, 2k18 via the experimental Col Legno-imprint is "River Tales", the latest album outing by Austrian composer / trombonist Martin Ptak who is presenting an array of eleven new compositions stretched out over a timespan of 60 minutes on this one. Brought to life with and through an ensemble of 13 musicians including Martin Ptak himself we see the "River Tales" floating slowly and majestic like the Danube river in Ptak's hometown of Krems, meandering festively between classical Ambient structures and Contemporary Classical / (Neo)Classical composition techniques, serving touching, dramatic piano pieces like the fascinating "Stream", the thundering, dark'ish "Merging", the frolicking (Neo)Classical etude that is "Flood" or the highly Jazz-infused "Cyclo", just to name a few outtakes from this longplayer which will surely apply to an audience beyond (Neo)Classical circles for a reason.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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