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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Ukrainian pianist/composer features contributions from David Allred, Anne Müller, and Hatis Noit.
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 4, 2018
    80
    The results are as wildly evocative as anything by Steve Reich or Terry Riley, but thunderously affecting on their own terms. [Jan 2019, p.85]
  2. 80
    This is a finely crafted, elegiac album.
  3. Q Magazine
    Dec 18, 2018
    80
    Melnyk's compositions wobble and hesitate, as if embarrassed by their beauty. Brief moments of optimism strike a philosophical tone, his notes dancing around an equilibrium that never quite arrives. [Feb 2019, p.112]
  4. The Wire
    Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Melnyk’s playing has a rare capacity to energise and exhilarate, and in that respect Fallen Trees does not disappoint. [Jan 2019, p.82]
  5. Dec 10, 2018
    80
    At 70, Melnyk is producing some of the most physically demanding work of his career. And he's doing so in front of a bigger audience than he's ever enjoyed. This is a recording of a composer/performer very much at the top of his game.
  6. Dec 13, 2018
    80
    This, like the other excellent records he has given us since his belated emergence into the global limelight, is a work of quiet--but nonetheless defiant--beauty from a true great of contemporary classical music, who we must all continue to cherish for as long as we can. Essential.
  7. Uncut
    Dec 4, 2018
    70
    Melnyk conjures a world that is both sentimental and abstract--a safe space in which to lose yourself. [Jan 2019, p.22]

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