...utmost elegance and an exemplarily controlled piano sound.
(…) Here it’s about the free formation of taste and the differentiation of aesthetic judgment - beyond aggressive marketing, the diktats of fashion or proofs of relevance. Froundijan is interested in a “sensitivity to the finest of fine nuances”, which understands individuality, instead of exhausting itself in a catalogue of innovations. Simon Callaghan, for instance, performs music by the British composer Roger Sacheverell Coke with utmost elegance and an exemplarily controlled piano sound. The music seems to follow the great Russian model of Sergei Rachmaninov, but Sacheverell is not interested in drama and force. On the contrary, he is testing how robust the foundation of tonal harmony is, if – like in advanced Jazz – one replaces function chords with their variants or substitute chords (…)