Published Nov 25, 2015Lubomyr Melnyk has devised his own technique of the "continuous piano" which, according to his website, allows him to play "the most number of notes in one hour," making him the "fastest pianist in the world."
In this way, Melnyk's compositions differ from his neo-classical counterparts; while many modern pianists draw on the longing of slowed tempos, the cascading keys on this album develop a richly textured intricacy. Indeed, Melnyk's quick fingers imbue his music with depth that, if explored, reveals harmonies within harmonies.
Rivers and Streams is appropriately titled, as each ten-minute (or so) composition ripples with natural fluidity: "Parasol" opens with trickling notes then swiftly builds into a flood of keys; "The Pool of Memories" works at a slower pace, seeming to overflow with melancholy; and songs like "Sunshimmers" are complemented by subtle strings. The final two tracks are named after the Amazon river: Melnyk explores "The Highlands" then "The Lowlands," and while the piano playing is once again exceptional, the rusty horn that accompanies it can be a bit distracting. (Erased Tapes)