Cal­lithump Win­ter & Win­ter ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - COR­MAC LARKIN

The metic­u­lous­ness with which pro­ducer Ste­fan Win­ter goes about his busi­ness is a sig­nal com­pli­ment to his artists and his au­di­ence. Quite apart from the care­fully cu­rated ros­ter of trail­blaz­ing talent and the gor­geous pack­ag­ing that his Mu­nich la­bel pub­lishes their works in, there’s the ten­der lov­ing care Win­ter lav­ishes on each and ev­ery record­ing. This solo piano set from vi­sion­ary pi­anist Uri Caine is de­fi­antly old-school, cap­tured on glo­ri­ous two-track ana­logue tape – no re­takes, ed­its or over­dubs – on the Stein­way in New York’s fa­mous Avatar stu­dio. Just as well, then, that Caine is worth the ef­fort. Cal­lithump is 11 strik­ing orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions by one of the most fer­tile and en­quir­ing mu­si­cal minds of his gen­er­a­tion, touch­ing on mat­ters as di­verse as Bach, Mahler, Fats Waller and Irv­ing Berlin. win­terand­win­ter.com

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