Home   Whats On   Article

ALBUM REVIEW: Inscape, by Alexandra Streliski, Secret City Records, Out Now




It took eight years for Canadian/Polish pianist Alexandra Streliski to record a follow-up to her 2010 debut album Pianoscope.

Described by the composer and musician as "a series of short stories that were made to let you travel in your memories, or invent the rest of the plot",

Pianoscope led to a musical collaboration with another Canadian, film and TV series director Jean-Marc Vallee on projects, including Dallas Buyers Club, Demolition, Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects.

Inscape is the second album in eight years by Canadian pianist and composer Alexandra Streliski, out now on Secret City Records. Photo supplied by Sonic PR. (6648185)
Inscape is the second album in eight years by Canadian pianist and composer Alexandra Streliski, out now on Secret City Records. Photo supplied by Sonic PR. (6648185)

Inscape, which Streliski calls "a concept that combines interior and landscape" made during a year of "creative evolution", the 11-track album exploits the pianist's big screen instincts, whilst also making room for more intimate, solitary arrangements.

In fact, the album takes on two, audible personalities, one being the isolationist piano-only offerings of The Quiet Voice, Burnout Fugue, Overturn and Materials.

Streliski's alter ego at the piano emerges on four consecutive tracks, Ellipse, Changing Winds, Interlude and Blind Vision, where the subtlest of accompaniements can be heard giving the quarter of tunes a refreshing heartbest.

Canadian pianist Alexandra Streliski has released her second album after an eight-year gap, Inscape on Secret City Records. Photo by Raphael Quillet. (6648017)
Canadian pianist Alexandra Streliski has released her second album after an eight-year gap, Inscape on Secret City Records. Photo by Raphael Quillet. (6648017)

On one album, Inscape takes Streliski from the world of Chopin, Debussy, Faure and Ravel into a landscape occupied by renowned TV and film composers like Mike Post, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass and Thomas Newman.

Review by Winston Brown



COMMENTS
()


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More