Giancinto Scelsi 5/Aki
Takahashi – The Piano Works 3
Sound: B- Extras: D Main Music Programs: B-
Mode Records has issued more classical music
DVD-Video programs focusing on audio than any other label and though they never
supported the DVD-Audio format, so they have not used the MLP (Meridian
Lossless Packing) format at 96/24 5.1 or even advanced Digital Audio Discs at
192/24. After listening to the latest
batch, 192/24 might not be a bad idea. Giancinto Scelsi 5/Aki Takahashi – The
Piano Works 3 could have benefited from that.
Offering six of the Italian composers piano pieces
from 1954 (Suite N. 10 “KA”), 1953 (Quattro Illustrazioni and Cinque Incantesimi), 1939 (Sonate No. 3), 1974 (Aitsi) and 1978/88 (Un Adieu) showing that Scelsi was treating notes as “colors” and
that would signify where he was going over the years with these pieces. Between Miss Takahashi’s playing of the
pieces and the booklet, the set gives you the chance to explore the pieces in
full. It is interesting, though I wish
more exploration (without “spoon-feeding the art”) could have happened.
The 1.33 X 1 image is soft and shot on analog
video. Why the footage in the recent
Mode DVDs have been soft like this is odd, but is passable at best, though
annoying. The Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
and PCM 2.0 96/24 mixes are good, but the surround versions lack full
utilization and are not as clear as some other Mode releases have been. There are no extras, though a booklet in
several languages are included.