Wednesday 18 November 2015
Kotebel - Concerto For Piano And Electric Ensemble (2012)
The sixth and so far latest album from this Spanish band.
Kotebel has always taken symphonic prog and prog rock to it's extremes. Extremes as towards contemporary classical music.
Concerto For Piano And Electric Ensemble is indeed a seventy minutes long symphony. A chamber symphony as it was recorded by only six musicians. The lineup is guitars, bass, drums, percussions, grand piano, keyboards, saxophones.... Yes, only those instruments. There is no vocals here.
There is no rock or pop here. Not even progressive rock. Neither is it particular classic music either. It is contemporary classical music as composed and recorded in this millenium. There is no obvious great melody lines here. This is music based on the principles of complex classical music.
And to a large degree, this album works out fine. There are some very good pieces here and some not so good pieces. It ebbs and flows. It goes high and low.
It is an aqcuired taste though and not an instant piece of music for the restless ones. It takes time, this album. But I still likes it a lot. Check it out.