COMMENT – Friedrich
CD has great examples of both arrangements made especially for
the bayan and of pieces originally composed for it and, in some
cases, dedicated to Friedrich
Lips. And, as always, the world famous bayanist Friedrich
Lips performs the repertoire with his usual impeccable perfectionism!
He has proven infallible not only in his choice of repertoire
but also once again his abilities as an arranger.
Lips has always shown an interest in building the concert repertoire
of the bayan. He has provided inspiration to composers and, in
addition, guidance by working with them in the final realization
of the pieces, thereby making the repertoire not only suitable
for the instrument but also playable. Of course, Friedrich
Lips offers even more incentive to composers by giving the
works their consummate performance whether recorded or in public
concerts. The accordion/bayan players, now and in the future,
must be extremely grateful for this growing list of additions
to the serious repertoire. This CD has examples of several such
original works, and all are by well-recognized composers who have
made a significant contribution by composing for the bayan.
Some of the original music written for the bayan today seems almost
beyond the ability or capability of normal performers. But this
CD has selections which are not always that; they are accessible
and, therefore, more likely to be performed many times throughout
the world. This CD by Friedrich Lips without doubt will embolden
and encourage many performers to examine and consider the selections
for their future study. They cannot go wrong by doing so.
You will admire the artistry always inherent in the playing of
Friedrich Lips! I believe you will also appreciate and enjoy the
music on this NO COMMENT recording. I recommend it very highly;
it gives even more credence to the distinguished reputation long
held by Friedrich Lips.
Reviewed by Joan
Cochran Sommers, March 2007
Note: For full biographical information and to order this or any
of Friedrich Lips' CDs, see his site at http://www.accordions.com/lips
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