VICTOR SMOLSKI - Friends & Symphonic Orchestra :
"Majesty & Passion - J. S. Bach" victor smolski drakkar classic
recorded by Ingo "Charly" Czaikowski at VPS - Studios - Hamm /Germany
U. J. Roth guitar recorded at Skylight Manor Studios - Wales/UK
Orchestra recorded by Andrey Zybrich at Inspector Studio - Minsk/Belarus
mixed and mastered by Frank Itt at Studio 4 - Stade/Germany
review by Marco "Norman Knight" Signore____
I learned about this album with the formidable hand of
the Rage’s Victor Smolski, the feelings of great curiosity and
impatience filled my soul. However, listening to this latest
release from the powerful and historical guitar hero, and honestly I am
a bit confused.
won’t be one of my usual review, as to review each single track
won’t give justice to this CD. The reason is simple: this album is a
“revisitation” of J.S. Bach composition.
another. These were my first words. Yet another Bach revisited.
Nonetheless, I dedicated myself
with the utmost attention to listen to this album.
to say? Here is the technique, the cleanness of sound, the excellent
performances for which Smoslki is well known to all true metallers (and
particularly to those of Thrash origins), but…
what we have here is another Bach revisitation. There’s very little in
originality. Furthemore I personally don’t like how some of the
compositions have been rearranged by Smolski. The idea of spoken
sections over the musical tracks (just like Bach himself was explaining
something to his admirers/students) may even be nice; unfortunately it
happens to cover up the music… it seems like an audio track from a
movie, in which the music fades and you listen to this talk between the
Master and some other persons.
tracks are nice, while other are not. Again, I am a bit against
this rewriting (and completely changing to the point of metamorphosing
the original classical composition) of classical music. Some
rearrangements are nice, some are good (think about Beethoven’s
Patetica rearranged in the TV series “Starship Troopers”) but some
are definitely a simple exercise in self indulgence. And in this pitfall
Smolski falls completely in some parts of this solo album.
there are the bonus tracks. It seems that in this work Smolski threw
himself completely into experimentation and improvisation – all who
love Rage know how eclectic this great guitarist may be. Yet this album
is a bit “too much”. All in all, his fans will maybe like it. I
personally find it very well played, well recorded, well mixed, and yet
too “experimental” to listen to.
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