The Himalaya Sessions Vol. 1

Peter Halstead

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Beginning with one-note children’s pieces, with their complex chordal modulations morphing from a C chord to a reasonably nearby stave where the trembling young person’s composer can stretch his copyrighted crayon, requiring that fingers which wanted to stick straight up into the air be sadistically crooked into some equally weighted assault on gravity, like wire work in a martial arts film, and then progressing on to the arpeggiated lavishness of schlocky seasonal homages with titles like Autumn Leaves and very little to commend those limp leaves other than their tolerance for the pedantic multi-fingered rippling accompaniment, the wind over their grave, the gravitational root of all those otherwise unmotivated motifs, but, to repeat myself, (must I always), after enduring this belittling initiation, finally the hormone-shedding adolescent (currently doing business as you or me) is licensed to pound Rachmaninoff Préludes, harvest Norwegian cadenzas, even dole out equality to pushy tones in Mozart concerti.

Tracklist

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1.
Chopin - Nocturne, Opus 27
06:42
2.
Chopin - Pr?lude, Opus 28
05:12
3.
Debussy - Reflets dans l?eau
05:41
4.
Satie - Sarabande 3
04:40
5.
Rachmaninoff - Moments Musicaux,Opus 16
03:30
6.
Liszt - Paysage
06:03
7.
Copland - Down a Country Lane
02:42
8.
Liszt - Un Sospiro
07:20
9.
Liszt - Harmonies du Soir
12:45
10.
Chopin - Berceuse
05:03
11.
Debussy - Clair de Lune
05:38
12.
Liszt - Consolation No. 3
05:51

Total time: 01:11:07

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HDTTHSV-1

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EMM Labs (Meitner)

Mastering Engineer

Gus Skinas

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Original Recording Format

Recording Engineer

Gus Skinas

Recording Software

Sonoma

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release DateMarch 17, 2017

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I have spent some time with The Himalaya Sessions, Volume 1, Pianist Lost: Excesses and Excuses, by Peter Halstead. Halstead’s collection of wonderful piano pieces, including selections from great composers like Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Debussy, are exceptionally well recorded in four-channel surround by none other than that master of audio engineering and DSD, Gus Skinas of the Super Audio Center. The sound is warm and rich, but highly detailed, enveloping the multi-channel listener in a very fine, nearly holographic sense of the performances.

I have already played this a handful of times for myself, and for visitors to our surround room. The results have been uniformly enthusiastic, with visiting listeners commenting on the wonderful sound. This is a very highly recommended recording – definitely reference-level, for musical content, performance, and for the very fine quality of the multi-channel DSD recording itself. Grab this one!

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