Szelag, Agnes + Hoopes, Jason – “October Pieces and Shadows” – [Trestle Records]
Not only are they skilled musicians, but they are also composers of note, and October Pieces (by Hoopes) and Shadows (by Szelag) definitely prove this. Sparse piano notes (from Hoopes) start out the CD and evoke a lonely, beautiful picture, and then Szelag’s cello adds another layer that finishes the effect. Your ears wait for the spaces to be filled while your imagination takes you where it will. This is truly soothing and gorgeous.