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Piva is essentially a self-produced album. It's an excellent example of the breed, but such projects are inherently limited in the amount of specialist expertise available for all the necessary roles from research to recording to graphic design. Wallace and Knowles have done well in all the important areas but the knowledgeable listener might appreciate more documentation of sources and instruments.
Self-production only became feasible through technological change, and further technological change is gradually removing some of the barriers to its financial viability. It is nice to think that M&V, as a specialist international journal with no economic constraints on readership, might be part of that change.
Piva is an attractive selection of rarely-heard songs. LiveOak's fresh, intimate performance style makes it a particularly approachable introduction to the repertoire.