Inspired by the recent thread on Romane, here I would like to hear some thoughts on Moreno.
I had heard mention of some negative opinions regarding Moreno prior to actually hearing his music. Too macho, to flashy, too loud, etc.
But after hearing some of his music, his Le Fils du Vent cd primarily and some anthology cuts, I am wondering why the big fuss? This cd has become one of my all-time favorites. Were his earlier recordings much different? To my ears he certainly has the harder attack of the Alsace or Germany region players but I also hear a real musicality to his phrasing and a surprising lyricism too. In my personal listening pantheon, I would put him in the very highest category of current players--well, maybe a single slot for Bireli above all others, and then the rest, but that is another discussion.
What do you all think of Moreno, and what are his essential recordings?