- Bryon Harris
Victor Alexeeff - "Toccata and Fugue in D"
Review by Patrick Joseph
Alexeeff’s version of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D” presents you with an exciting, fresh perspective on a classic work. The modern sounds that Alexeeff uses to express himself give this music a renewed voice in a contemporary age. The subtle addition of percussion tracks is an excellent development, and the angelic voice is like synthesizer sounds. The cascading bass experimentation pays dividends. Listeners will be mesmerized by the masterful transition of sonic textures in this piece.
Nothing in this music is overdone. The intricacy with which timbres evolve is impressive. Setting aside the virtuosic performance, Alexeeff’s ear for development is phenomenal. A genuinely intriguing concept is explored here with artistic taste and reserve. Listeners will be grounded in tradition while also feeling the cutting-edge voices of ultra-modern technology.
Alexeeff demonstrates an ability to give music a unique spirit and voice, all while conjuring images and scenes in the mind of listeners. This unfolds like a narrative, and the sonic textures play a central role in the development of the storyline. This is classical music like you have never heard before. Get ready for a magical ride!
About Victor Alexeeff
Victor Alexeeff is a prodigy who began studying piano at age four and attended the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, beginning at age seven. Although renowned for his performances of Chopin and Prokofiev, his musical interests are eclectic. Besides working as a concert pianist and session player, he composes scores for film and television, produces original albums, and performs with experimental music groups and rock bands.