With his 6th Pure DSD 256 Stereo release at NativeDSD Music, pianist Laszlo Borbely is joined by flutist Szabolcs Szilágyi. Their new album features compositions for piano and flute by Kodaly, Prokofiev, Liebermann and Kernis.
This is a Pure DSD recording, which was recorded in Stereo DSD 256 and is being offered in its original format exclusively at NativeDSD.
Szabolcs Szilágyi says “When is the first time in a climber’s life that they ask themselves if they are ready to conquer the highest peak in the world? And when does the moment come when he actually sets out to conquer it? When he no longer wishes to leave his footprints as a runner-up on the path trodden by others, but chooses the much more difficult path, the untrodden path, alone. And he does so by pushing his own limits. Driven by the challenge, the curiosity, the joy of discovery into the unknown…
The performer is often preoccupied by similar thoughts.
In particular, whether it is necessary, or even right, to follow conventions (the beaten track) when recording music, for example, or whether the performer can claim the right to show the listener the world he lives in, the world he knows best, with all its beauty and its countless oddities, even risks? Should he let the listener into his own territory, that is, into a strange and individual dimension that the audience may not have known existed until now? One that is neither familiar to the listener from the safe distance of the concert podium, nor can it be reproduced by the experience of listening to music at home. More simply: does the performer dare to be personal enough? Because that’s the point. Nowadays, a carefully crafted recording gives the listener the illusion of a world believed to be flawless, a care that is fundamentally designed to cater to the perfectionism of the audience. A ‘different’ kind of care is therefore needed, one that can breathe life into even a recording.”
Szabolcs Szilágyi – Flute
László Borbély – Piano
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 00:53:57
|Analog to Digital Converter
Hapi, Merging Technologies at DSD 256
Flute: DPA 4011, sE Electronics Z5600a II large-diaphragm condenser Tube Piano: AEA R88 MkII Stereo Ribbon Room: DPA 4007
|Original Recording Format
Róbert Zoltán Hunka
SuperSize Recording in Hungary on April 12, 2021 and May 29-30, 2021
|July 8, 2022
To my ear, a flute has always been a challenging instrument to capture well in recordings. Yes, there certainly are a lot of flute recordings, but most of them fail to capture the incredible dynamics and purity of timbre that the modern flute presents when heard live. In this Pure DSD256 recording from Hunnia, the flute is fully presented in all of its pure, dynamic glory. There is a quite amazing clarity and transparency to the sound of this recording of some incredibly wonderful compositions by Prokofiev, Kodaly, Lieberman and Kernis. For the sound junkie in me, who happens to also like very much all of the compositions on this album, this release is a pure treat. Heartily recommended!
László Borbély has been a very regular contributor to the recordings released by Hunnia. His performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux (Catalog of Birds), thirteen pieces for for piano solo was one of the early recordings Hunnia released and one of the first to capture my attention. His recording of the Bartok Piano Concerto is also very fine.
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