The Bells - Nils Frahm
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  • Summary: The latest album for the German pianist features 11 tracks of piano improvisations.
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  1. 80
    This is spare, emotionally charged piano music which always errs toward the melodic side of melancholy. [Mar 2010, p.99]
  2. The Bells is an excellent foothold into the baffling world of neo-classical composers. This is well worth a shot.
  3. The resultant pieces feel so alive that you can almost sense the pressure of Frahm’s fingers alighting on each key as these solemn improvisations begin to weave their magic.
  4. Possessing a grandeur that never descends into pomposity and a restraint that could never be mistaken for bland aural wallpaper, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful releases you’re likely to hear over the coming months.
  5. The Bells is a mixed bag of accomplished piano pieces that could do with a bit more subtlety in those passages where the intensity rises. It's those softer, more intimate asides that have the greatest impact.
  6. 60
    On the likes of "Said And Done" Frahm conjures up a mood of melancholic introspection that makes this accomplished, genuinely pretty set a serious (if rather less extravagant) rival to Gonzales and Andrew WK's recent piano excursions. [Feb 2010, p.84]
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