Guy Lemcoe reviews new Steve-Hoffman-mastered 180-Gram vinyl tango album, lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman
A few excerpts from the review:
Side two opens with Astor Piazzolla’s “Milonga del ángel,” an intoxicatingly lovely piece featuring Lysy’s cello with Philip Levy on violin. Languid and sultry, it’s Piazzolla through and through. Next is “Omaramor” for solo cello by Argentinian classical composer Osvaldo Golijov. The recording is the sonic equal of the legendary Mercury Living Presence recordings of Janos Starker’s Bach cello suites — liquid, woody, resonant and, when necessary, wiry. Veteran jazz and soundtrack composer Lalo Schfrin contributes the album’s closer, the introspective, brooding, calming “Pampas” for cello and piano.
The LP I received was a perfectly flat, thick slab of flat-edged, 180-gram vinyl pressed at Pallas in Germany, so I knew it’d be quiet. The packaging was first class, with a beautiful color photo on the front and intelligent liner notes on back. The LP slides into a lined inner sleeve — this is a quality product. But how does it sound? In a word, magnificent!
Read the full review here.