The Himalaya Sessions Vol. 1 (2017)

Peter Halstead

Beginning with one-note children’s pieces, with their complex chordal modulations morphing from a C chord to a reasonably nearby stave where the trembling young person’s composer can stretch his copyrighted crayon, requiring that fingers which wanted to stick straight up into the air be sadistically crooked into some equally weighted assault on gravity, like wire work in a martial arts film, and then progressing on to the arpeggiated lavishness of schlocky seasonal homages with titles like Autumn Leaves and very little to commend those limp leaves other than their tolerance for the pedantic multi-fingered rippling accompaniment, the wind over their grave, the gravitational root of all those otherwise unmotivated motifs, but, to repeat myself, (must I always), after enduring this belittling initiation, finally the hormone-shedding adolescent (currently doing business as you or me) is licensed to pound Rachmaninoff Préludes, harvest Norwegian cadenzas, even dole out equality to pushy tones in Mozart concerti.

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Peter Halstead

Peter Halstead studied piano with Vladimir Padwa in summer camp, Russell Sherman in Boston, and Irma Wolpe in New York, and organ with Charles Courboin at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. He spent much of his early life traveling in Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean, and has played concerts in the Himalaya and the Chugach. With his wife Cathy, he is co-trustee of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, which funds projects in the arts, education, and climate change, a co-trustee of the Tippet Rise Foundation, and co-founder of the Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, Montana.
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The Himalaya Sessions Vol. 1 (2017)

Peter Halstead

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I have spent some time with The Himalaya Sessions, Volume 1, Pianist Lost: Excesses and Excuses, by Peter Halstead. Halstead’s collection of wonderful piano pieces, including selections from great composers like Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Debussy, are exceptionally well recorded in four-channel surround by none other than that master of audio engineering and DSD, Gus Skinas of the Super Audio Center. The sound is warm and rich, but highly detailed, enveloping the multi-channel listener in a very fine, nearly holographic sense of the performances. I have already played this a handful of times for myself, and for visitors to our surround room. The results have been uniformly enthusiastic, with visiting listeners commenting on the wonderful sound. This is a very highly recommended recording - definitely reference-level, for musical content, performance, and for the very fine quality of the multi-channel DSD recording itself. Grab this one!

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The Himalaya Sessions Vol. 1 (2017)

Peter Halstead

Digital Converters: EMM Labs (Meitner)
Mastering Engineer: Gus Skinas
Recording Engineer: Gus Skinas
Recording Software: Sonoma
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Chopin - Nocturne, Opus 27
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Chopin - Pr?lude, Opus 28
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Debussy - Reflets dans l?eau
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Satie - Sarabande 3
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Rachmaninoff - Moments Musicaux,Opus 16
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Liszt - Paysage
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Copland - Down a Country Lane
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Liszt - Un Sospiro
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Liszt - Harmonies du Soir
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Chopin - Berceuse
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Liszt - Consolation No. 3
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