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Piano Player
     

The Piano Player

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by Maksim
 

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Alongside one of the booklet photographs of a brooding Maksim, the young Croatian pianist heard here on his sophomore CD, appears the phrase "from techno 2 tchaikovsky." That pretty much sums up Maksim's style -- except that there's actually no Tchaikovsky on this disc, and it doesn't account for the Tuvan throat singers who are sampled on "Exodus" (the theme from

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Alongside one of the booklet photographs of a brooding Maksim, the young Croatian pianist heard here on his sophomore CD, appears the phrase "from techno 2 tchaikovsky." That pretty much sums up Maksim's style -- except that there's actually no Tchaikovsky on this disc, and it doesn't account for the Tuvan throat singers who are sampled on "Exodus" (the theme from Ernest Gold's film score). Maksim (whose debut, Gestures, hit big in Croatia) is the well-dressed male answer to the crossover string quartet Bond -- in other words, his music sounds like Hooked on Classics updated from '70s disco to 21st-century Europop -- but he's working the pop/classical boundary with an unusually successful blend of flair, humor, and musical smarts. Roughly half of his album is devoted to new compositions by the pianist's countryman, Tonci Huljic, a master of yearning eastern European–style melodies. Another Croatian original, Franco Parac's "Dance of the Baroness," is the only track to feature piano without strings, synths, and beats, and its demonic vitality suggests that Maksim could be just as interesting as a straightforward classical pianist. The rest of the program turns to Maksim's postmodern take on classics like Grieg's Piano Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, with a ten-minute jaunt through Rachmaninoff's romantic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as a centerpiece. One of the reasons these re-arrangements work so infectiously is that Maksim and his producers have chosen classical tunes that are already dance floor–ready; they're practically begging for a techno beat. The other key to the project's success is simply that it is saturated with such an irresistible spirit of fun that even classical purists may be surprised to find themselves dancing around the room to Handel and Chopin.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2005
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724355752222
catalogNumber:
57522

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maksim   Primary Artist,Piano
Jeff Wayne   Conductor
Craig Pruess   Conductor
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Kresimir Tomec   Bass
Niksa Bratos   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dragan Bmas   Vocals
Lidija Horvat Dunjko   Vocals
Zdravko 'Barbo' Tabain   Drums,Timbales
Hrvoje 'Cacique' Rupcic   Percussion,Bongos,Conga

Technical Credits

Edvard Grieg   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer
Jeff Wayne   Producer,Orchestration
John Altman   Orchestration
Frédéric Chopin   Composer
Ernest Gold   Composer
Gary Langan   Engineer,Engineering
Craig Pruess   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineering
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Ian Wherry   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Piano Arrangement
Paul Bateman   Arranger,Piano Arrangement
Gaeten Schurrer   Programming,Engineer,Sound Design,Engineering
Paula Wayne   Arranger
Miro Vidovic   Engineer
Niksa Bratos   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Tonci Huljic   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Piano Arrangement
Remi Kazinoti   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Amanda Hughes   Producer
Stuart Wood   Arranger,Programming,Contributor
Franco Parac   Composer
Simon Gater   Logo
Gaëtan Schurrer   Programming,Sound Design,Engineering
Goran Martinac   Engineer
Muc Softic   Engineer
Maksim   Arranger,Piano Arrangement

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The Piano Player 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
12pb002 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy listening to passionate piano music, this is the CD for you. I am encouraged to get me a digital piano and start playing the piano again!