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Ukranian Composer and Pianist Olexandr Ignatov explores the human psyche with their 2020 album “Messages”

Ukrainian composer, producer and pianist Olexandr Ignatov has countless accolades to their name. After the release of their Neo-Classic album “Messages”, they can also be proud to have their name behind one of the most stunning albums of 2020.

Each composition invites you to explore a different emotion, Patience, Empathy, Temperance, Loyalty, Trust, the track which hit the evocative spot the hardest for us was undoubtedly “Struggle”.

The precision in timing between the notes is almost otherworldly in the way it sets trepidation, torment and a spiralling sense of despair. Yet, it can’t be said that the piece was without any sense of beauty and resilience. It’s the perfect reminder that if you’re struggling, you’re still fighting and not all hope is lost. And with that revelation, I might have a little cry.

Struggle is available to stream via Spotify with the rest of their ground-breaking album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Neo-Classic artist and composer Reid Wegrecki made orchestral strings accessible with their lo-fi ambient dreamscape “Curiosity”

Many contemporary music fans view classical music as anachronistic or inaccessible. Reid Wegrecki is on a mission to smash those misconceptions and accordantly welcome more people to the world of orchestrally-crafted ambience.

By finding the perfect balance between live orchestral instruments and lo-fi ambient electronic effect, Reid Wegrecki offers the striking nature of neo-classic strings, brass and keys while allowing her soundscapes to be commercially immersive.

For every composition, Reid Wegrecki collaborates with a rotating line up of exceptionally skilled artists. The end result is more than mesmeric. Quite honestly, it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before. While I’m no stranger to Classical or Neo-Classic scores, their sound resonates as captivating and cathartic simultaneously. The ambience will soothe you while the nuancedly crafted melodies will leave you in awe of the talent behind the soundscape.

The perfect introduction to the artist and composer’s style is the instrumental single “Curiosity” which can be found on their tenderly absolving 4-track EP “Daydreams”.

You can listen to Reid Wegrecki’s transfixing single curiosity for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Classical piano meets electronic in Joseph Strauss’s latest Einleitung

Airy sounds and celestial melodies proliferate in Joseph Strauss latest release Einleitung.

Starting off with classical piano arpeggios surrounded by synth sounds, this instrumental piano-based tune evolves into a postclassical endeavour through the cunning use of electronic loops. A twist arrives halfway into the song when additional beats arise to accelerate the tempo and allow Joseph Strauss to play with more harmonies, enriching the atmosphere.

From classical to electronic, Joseph Strauss takes a brave leap that’s paid off by an original and inspiring outcome, that can be appreciated for its variety of effects and digital add-ons.

The way this song shifts from one genre to another is seriously impressive and you must not wait to check it out for yourself on Soundcloud.

Review by Jim Esposito.


A profound array of piano melodies: Melany Thompson releases ‘On My Mind’

This solo piano song will provide a placid backdrop to your day: just sit tight and listen to Australian artist Melany Thompson’s latest release ‘On My Mind’, following her 2019 debut album ‘Memories of Home’.

A classical pianist and composer, Melany Thompson shows a delicate and sophisticated touch in her approach to song-writing and melodic landscape, as if she was gently exploring a profound array of piano melodies. ‘On My Mind’ encompasses her moody sound, a sound able to transmit peace and serenity.

Being introduced to classical music from a very early age and writing her own songs since she was 12, Melany Thompson has a pure innate talent that will certainly lead her to many more brilliant projects.

Listen to ‘On My Mind’ on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.



When you are a multi-award-winning film composer, you have an innate knack for soundtracks. Michael Vignola performs a perfect blend of classical and ambient music in his latest release ‘Further and Further’, that feats violinist Francesca Dardani.

Gentle grand piano arpeggios are the main feature of the track, creating a genuine sound that emphasizes the overlaying violin melodies in an effort that combines classic with contemporary.

‘Further and Further’ is where your mind wanders when you listen to Michael Vignola, making it the perfect background music for the next big film release.

You can pre-save ‘Further and Further’ for yourself here.

Review by Jim Esposito.


Dom Robson-Tull – For A Friend: Accordantly Cinematic Neo-Classical

Neo-Classical multi-instrumentalist and composer Dom Robson-Tull released his latest captivatingly cathartic composition “For A Friend” on April 6th. If you’re as aurally sensitive as me, don’t be surprised if the interplays of torment and tonal optimism leave you emotionally bruised.

The Birmingham-based artist crafted a stunning piece which poignantly reflects the emotions we feel when we experience triumph after conflict. The accordantly cinematic single pairs classical strings with pensive piano keys to lay down melodies which offer a smorgasbord of weighted emotion which will stick with you for long after the track has faded to a close.

Any fans of Nils Frahm and Phillip Glass will undoubtedly want to have Dom Robson-Tull on their radar sooner rather than later.

You can check out Dom Robson-Tull’s latest single For A Friend for yourselves via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Casey McGrath – Fiddle Rabbit (A Four-Stringed Tribute to Eminem)

Any fans of the aural alchemy which 2cellos can weave will definitely want to turn their attention to the latest piece to be released by classically-trained violinist Casey McGrath.

“Fiddle Rabbit (A Four-Stringed Tribute to Eminem)” revives one of the most iconic Hip Hop melodies of recent decades. You’ll still be able to hear the smacks of the 808s with Casey McGrath’s delicate yet tensile notes quivering atop of them.  Yet, Casey McGrath laced the soundscape with her own distinction. Instead of the fraught momentum pouring from the Rap bars, you’ll hear a frenzied violin which is more than efficacious at evoking emotion as the urgency of the note progressions resonate.

It’s rare that you’ll hear a fraction of Casey McGrath’s talent on the airwaves. Classical music may not be the most accessible of genres. But it’s tracks such as Fiddle Rabbit which have the power to change just that.

You can check out Casey McGrath’s fitting ode to the Rap legend for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Jack Douval – Young At Heart: Nostalgic Classical Vocal Jazz

Here is something you don’t have the chance to listen to every day.

Jack Douval has decided to take a route that not many people decide to take; with his new song called “Young At Heart” he is bringing back the familiar warmth and nostalgia of classical singing. Following the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Nat King Cole, Jack Douval is making music you won’t ever hear on the radio. On the other hand, you will gladly listen to songs like this when you’re putting up your Christmas decorations. There are certain images that the mind of the average listener would trace back to when this type of music enters the ear: Wood slowly turning into coal in the fireplace or black and white films from the 50s. This feeling although touching and pleasing, it has one more prominent characteristic: It certainly is from another time.

Jack Douval is making music in a rather leftfield way. The musical fur that he has decided to cover his exquisite voice with, is one that we can’t say there’s a smacking demand for. If anything this is a bold singer, doing things his way.

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Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis


Melany Thompson – Lucy’s Lullaby: A Debut of Serenely Keyed Classical

Classical composer and pianist Melany Thompson has recently released her debut album “Memories of Home”, while each of the instrumental piano pieces offer a cathartic array of serenity, the best introduction to her distinctive approach to songwriting is “Lucy’s Lullaby”.

There’s a perceptible delicacy within Melany Thompson’s soundscapes, one which is not often found in neo-classical arrangements, but the sense of poised lightness runs right through the open and expressive piece.

Melany Thompson may have played at the Sydney Opera House at the age of 11, but I’m fairly certain that the best for this remarkably talented artist is yet to come. With the cinematic air to her sound, it would be no great surprise to hear her evocative melodies within film scores.

You can check out Melany Thompson’s single Lucy’s Lullaby along with the rest of her debut album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ryan Whyman – Desperate: A Classical Composition to get in Your Bloodstream

“Desperate” is the recent composition from LA-based classical composer and pianist Ryan Whyman which will creep into your bloodstream not long after the prelude. If you’re looking for the same haunted ethereal tonality as found in Ramin Djawadi’s “Light of the Seven”, you’re going to be suitably wounded by Desperate. Pairing the striking notes of the piano with the growling reverberance of the cello is more than enough to emotively contend with. Then, the inclusion of vocals from Yas Khaleghi is enough to leave your soul feeling as though it has been rearranged. It’s celestial, it’s compelling, and it’s another poignant reminder that Classical soundscapes are still a necessity in 2019.

That all sounds like incredibly high praise, doesn’t it? Why don’t you see if you can reach the outro without feeling the same way? Desperate is now available via SoundCloud along with Ryan Whyman’s earlier compositions.

Review by Amelia Vandergast