Have you downloaded any high resolution audio yet? Here’s an opportunity to save 1/2 off for David Chesky’s great new album Urbanicity & Electric Guitar Concerto – With Bryan Baker.
While perhaps not what you’re expecting, a full 96kHz 24 bit, it is remarkably better than a standard CD in 48kHz 24 bit and worth the download. Chesky’s trying out some new recording techniques and we can attest to the dynamics of this piece as being extraordinary. Do not attempt to play this too loud on electrostats, the bass on this is off the charts.
Gilbert Heatherwick writes:
“This is NOT “your father’s” classical music. David Chesky is one of the most prolific young composers writing today and his broad knowledge of both “classical’ composition as well as rock and jazz makes him the perfect person to attempt this kind of unique concerto. Although there have been attempts before to place the electric guitar in a symphonic context (most notable by Frank Zappa and Terje Rydal) this composition and recording takes it to an entirely different level with the instrument perfectly balanced and integrated into the music in a way I have never previously experienced. And as a guitarist myself I can truly say that Bryan Baker’s “chops” are truly staggering.
Chesky’s a master at not just composition, but also cutting edge technology and recording, and his talents in these three areas combine together perfectly here for a sonic and musical feast for the ears. And the opening ballet “Urbanicity” is a wonderful soundscape “painting” of contemporary New York City which could stand as an evolutionary extension of the city’s portraits painted in earlier decades by Bernstein and Gershwin.”
“Urbanicity and The New York Variations are ballets, which explains their rhythmic charge, but not their eclectic mixture of idioms and references, which are pure Chesky. Both have three movements. Urbanicity lives up to its title with a vengeance: the music might strike some listeners as overly relentless, but The New York Variations has more variety and (it seems to me) a wider expressive range. The performances, as in the concerto, are tip-top, and the sonics stunningly lifelike, with the electric guitar particularly well-balanced. A very enjoyable release by a distinctive compositional voice.”
-David Hurwitz, Classics Today
To get your copy, go to this download link and enter the code PSurban. The offer is good for PSTracks subscribers until July 1, 2011. Once you get the high resolution download, give it a listen and Tweet or post your opinions right here!