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Life Colours

by Antonio Simone

Original piano compositions combining elements of classical and new age instrumental styles.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Seascapes
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2. Thinking of You
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3. Life Colours
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4. A Rainy Sunday Morning
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5. Lonely Path
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6. So Far in Time, So Sweet in Memory
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7. Kendra's Song
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8. The Forgotten Room
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9. Remembering Nenna Né
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10. The Vanity of Things
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11. Running Through the Meadow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All music composed, arranged and performed by Antonio Simone.
The "Life Colours" CD was recorded on a Yamaha C5 grand piano (April/May 2010).
Track #9 "Remembering Nenna Né" is based on Neapolitan folk song "Nenna Né".
Track #12 "Back to Bach" is based on Bach's "Minuet in G minor" BWV Anh. 115.
Release date: June 12, 2010


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Lynn Pendlebury

Music to my ears!
Not for Antonio Simone the fear of superstition! His brilliant debut album comprises 13 inspiring tracks, reflecting a broad spectrum of colours (read moods) and composed in a classical/new age style. The pace and tone of the individual pieces vary tremendously, portraying a gamut of emotions which one experiences in a lifetime.

The soothing atmosphere of "Seascapes" conjures up images of standing on cliffs at sunset, looking out to sea, the wide horizon bathed in a pink glow, experiencing contentment, a calmness, feeling positive and full of hope. The pace slows for "Thinking of You", and even gives the impression of faltering at times. A sense of overwhelming nostalgia pervades this poignant piece at the beginning, suggesting maybe the loss of something or someone dear. There is a "backbone" to this track which connects the higher, more positive and upbeat-sounding notes at the end with the apparent sadness of the opening phrases. "Life Colours" is both vibrant and playful. Its fast pace lends it a very enervating and frolicking feel and is a most fitting piece to represent the album's title. Imagine waking up on a Sunday, a day of rest, faced with rain lashing against the window panes. - "A Rainy Sunday Morning"! The gloomy thought that outdoor activities will be severely restricted is quickly replaced by the realisation that in such circumstances there is the opportunity to connect with one's inner self; the chance to withdraw from the frantic pace of life temporarily and to engage in thought, not action. Antonio's "Lonely Path" suggests to me striking out along a woodland path, amongst trees and wild flowers, unaccompanied, but not feeling lonely, with a particular destination in mind, forging onwards with a purpose and spirit. Touching, affectionate, sweet memories of someone from long ago, clearly brought to mind are reflected in "So Far in Time, So Sweet in Memory", a gentle, immensely moving track. The tender nature of the music is like a caress, a light, reassuring and loving stroke of the hand, a warm, knowing smile, forming an everlasting memory. The swift rate of progress in "Kendra's Song" conveys the idea of a lively, lovely girl. The momentum slows significantly ..... something changes. The rhythm becomes calm and regular, the melody sweet and expressive and this seems to be the perfect background for a romantic meeting. However, soon the music quickens again and the girl, once more, runs free like the wind. "The Forgotten Room" is dark in colour. The tone is contemplative and immensely sad. There is great depth of feeling here. One can imagine possessions, maybe children's toys, once treasured and now forlornly abandoned in a dwelling no longer inhabited, life suddenly changing beyond all recognition, and happiness and joy degenerating into despair, regret and disappointment. What a lively rendition and interpretation of a popular neapolitan song "Remembering Nenna Ne" is! The tone is at first happy and light, the tempo becoming more vigorous as the track progresses and there is a noticeable change of direction. The cleverly re-modelled work culminates in a startlingly powerful finale. Probably my favourite piece on the album, "The Vanity of Things" has a classical feel to it and is, to my mind, quite beautiful. Its exquisite sounds remind me of an elegance of yesteryear, when ladies in fine clothes played music at the piano, whilst entertaining with beautiful china, silver teapots, and etiquette was the order of the day. Just as this work seems to be highly structured, so was the society of those times and life was very different behind the facade! The tempo of "Running Through the Meadow" is quick, conjuring up an image of a child running joyfully through a meadow of wild flowers, the sun high in the sky, the cooling breeze on their face as they run free, glad to be alive, and full of joy. The music has a positive tone, losing momentum at the end, when you can imagine the individual flopping down contentedly, exhausted but happy, still with the memory of elation in their mind. Classical music in a New Age style, J.S. Bach's Minuet in G Minor BWV Anh 115 is re-visited by Simone in "Back to Bach", producing a restful interlude. "Life Colours", an album where "music meets dreams" and where a "multiplicity of moods" are portrayed so brilliantly and with such deftness, ends quirkily with a "Little Thought". A whimsical moment, captured in the mind's eye so fleetingly, to vanish just as quickly, is immortalised in this minuscule track, precisely executed and ingeniously despatched.

Such are the thoughts of Lynn Pendlebury! I am no expert - I have merely described my reaction to this, in my opinion, talented musician's first cd. I applaud his accomplishment and urge others to imbibe of the nectar.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Life Colours" is the wonderful solo piano debut recording by Italian pianist/composer Antonio Simone. Classically-trained from childhood and a graduate of The Music Conservatory with the highest possible marks, Simone composes music for various instruments in a variety of styles; he is also a music therapist. "Life Colours" is a fusion of classical and new age piano styles, which gives the music an accessible yet complex quality that I really love. Simone’s playing is confident and beautifully expressive - a pianist’s pianist, if you will. This is music that is too good to be relegated to background music. Get comfortable, close your eyes, and enjoy the lovely musical journey.

"Life Colours" begins with “Seascapes,” a piece with a graceful ebb and flow that mesmerizes much like watching the movement of the ocean - a great beginning! “Thinking of You” is a slow and elegant love song that evokes feelings of longing and nostalgia. The title song picks up the pace and dances all over the piano with joy and anticipation. Living on the Oregon Coast, I can readily identify with “A Rainy Sunday Morning”! Warm, cozy, and very relaxed, it’s a beauty! I also really like “Kendra’s Song.” Energetic with just a touch of mystery, it’s a favorite. “The Forgotten Room” is another favorite. More ambient than melodic, it conveys complex emotions with a minimal number of notes. “Remembering Nenna Ne’” is based on an old folk song, and is brought right into the 21st century with a swirling rhythm that propels the simple minor-key melody with an infectious energy. Love it! The left hand at the beginning and ending of “The Vanity of Things” has strong Mozart and Hayden influences, but the gentle melancholy melody is very contemporary. The combination works beautifully! “Running Through the Meadow” is a high-spirited romp that overflows with joy and sunshine. “Back to Bach” is loosely based on JS Bach’s “Minuet in Gm,” a standard teaching classic that many piano students learn. The contemporary treatment again works elegantly and beautifully. “Little Thought” is a sweet and simple “so long for now” that ends the album with a wistful smile.

Antonio Simone is certainly off to a great start with his recording career! “Life Colours” is strongly recommended!

Elishema

Love it!!!
I love Antonio's music, my favorite is "Kendra's Song," he plays the piano so beautifully, which is something i hope to master in the future. As a musician myself i know great music when i hear it, and Antonio Simone is brilliant.

Elishema - Singer/Songwriter
www.reverbnation.com/elishema

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Sencillamente Increíble!.
Life Colours es el álbum debut del compositor y pianista italiano, Antonio Simone. Formado por trece cortos, este un trabajo a medio camino entre el estilo clásico y el New Age, donde cada pieza recoge las emociones y pensamientos del artista reflejados en diversas melodías: cálidas, minimalistas, alegres y enérgicas, melancólicas, nostálgicas.... Un álbum que no mantiene un carácter lineal, todo lo contrario, lleno de matices que mantienen al oyente expectante en todo momento.


La primera pista lleva el título "Seascapes". La sensación de bienestar y libertad que transmite esta pieza es asombrosa. Apasionada y delicada, Antonio reproduce una melodía pegadiza que evoca, como bien indica su título, a "Paisajes Marinos". El artista ha unido a la perfección título y música, logrando esa acertada sensación. Me gusta!.

De carácter nostálgico y melancólico es "Thinking of You". Con un curso lento, la melodía es sumamente triste, donde progresiones suaves y lentas de la mano izquierda acentúan ese sentimiento de pesar, de dolor. Realmente apenada, esta pieza posee un gran sentimiento de pérdida y soledad.

Mi pista favorita en este CD, es sin duda, "Life Colours". Con energía y alegría, las manos de Antonio recorren presto el teclado del piano, dando vida a esta pieza risueña y optimista, sin dejar paso ni un ápice de tristeza, este es un grato contraste con respecto al track anterior. Un tema esperanzador y lleno de color. Me encanta!. Wow!.

En "A Rainy Sunday Morning" el artista nos vuelve a mostrar su lado más delicado. La melodía dibuja un bello escenario, donde un cielo gris cubre todo lo que alcanza la vista, dejando caer una fina y delicada lluvia. Qué pasión!, es como si cada nota que surge del piano fuese cada gota de esa misma lluvia.

Aunque el nombre, "Lonely Path", pueda mostrar el título de otra pieza lenta y abatida, ni mucho menos. En este caso "Camino Solitario" apela a la esperanza y al arrojo. Una melodía poderosa que transmite fuerza al oyente. El toque es ligeramente rápido, donde un arpegio es reproducido por la mano izquierda, mientras la diestra, acompaña con una melodía entrecortada. Bellísima!.

"So Far in Time, So Sweet in Memory". Esta es la pieza nostálgica del álbum. Aunque decaída, la melodía reproducida trae a la memoria bonitos recuerdos, entrañables, capaces de dibujar una leve sonrisa al oyente, y en ocasiones, logrando incluso arrancar alguna que otra lágrima tras rememorar aquellos instantes vividos. Es increíble el poder emotivo de esta obra. Otra de mis favoritas!.

En "Kendra's Song", la melodía principal que reproduce la mano derecha es un dolorido lamento, mientras la izquierda, reproduce con frenesí rápidos acordes de acompañamiento. Pasado el minuto, la pieza se torna lenta y abatida, cansada, dejando un momento a la resignación como melodía principal. El frenético ritmo vuelve a partir de los tres minutos, haciendo un cambio de tono para realzar esa sensación de sufrimiento.

"The Forgotten Room" es la pieza más extensa de este trabajo, más de cinco minutos. Sumamente profunda, esta pieza es sinónimo de paz, pues posee un poder relajante increíble. La melodía fluye con dificultad, pesada, triste, haciendo de este un track perfecto para la reflexión en momentos de soledad.

"Remembering Nenna Né" es la adaptación que Antonio hace de una tarantella popular Napolitana. Más enérgica que el track original, esta versión comienza con un toque continuado y rápido de notas bajas que acompañan a la popular melodía, esta va tomando un carácter poderoso y embravecido mostrando la maestría de Antonio al piano. Increíble!.

"The Vanity of Things" es elegante y profunda. Arpegios de acordes bajos que acompañan inalterables de principio a fin a las furtivas notas que van surgiendo, le aportan un toque clásico a la pieza, muy agradable para el oído.

"Running Through the Meadow" tiene una fuerza y una alegría desbordante, realmente sorprendente. Nuevamente, las manos del pianista corren por el teclado para dar vida a una de las pieza más prodigiosas de este CD, dotada de una hermosura absoluta. Otra de mis preferidas!.

"Back to Bach" es la adaptación que Antonio hace del conocido Minuet en G minor de J.S. Bach. Sin romper el encanto de esta pieza, el pianista la aleja ligeramente de su estilo original y la acerca al New Age. Aires nuevos y sumamente bellos para este clásico. Posiblemente, la mejor versión que he escuchado hasta la fecha de esta obra. Sublime!.

"Little Thought" es otra de las piezas de este álbum que posee un poder de relajación increíble. Es la pista más breve de todo el CD, lo que la hace perfecta como colofón para este fascinante trabajo, dejando un final abierto y una estupenda sensación de bienestar. Breve pero apasionada!.


Este año está siendo muy rico en cuanto a música, un año lleno de sorpresas. Life Colours es una de estas sorpresas, muy agradable. Antonio Simone dará mucho que hablar con este maravilloso e increíble debut, trece solos de piano que no dejarán indiferente a nadie. Cualquier apasionado de la música encontrará este CD imprescindible, estoy seguro de ello. Los matices de este trabajo son realmente amplios y muy ricos. Antonio Simone es un artista que habrá que seguir muy de cerca. Life Colours es sencillamente increíble, un trabajo altamente recomendable.

reviewsnewage.com
05/07/10

Life Colours

Artist with great passion....
Antonio each song reflects the artist's emotions and thoughts they are energetic, warm, simple, cheerful, nostalgic and , melancholic. Amazing works, highly recommended.

"Seascape " Nearly see your fingers playing across the piano while watching the dawn roll in with a salty haze, with faint whispers from the ocean coming through the window listening to your song. The lull cares away from me from thought is caught in city haze. Your song soothes my soul.

"A Rainy Sunday Morning" A beautiful song drinking tea looking out a window at the calm sea, sitting warm by the fireplace listening to soft droplets on porch, no worries, just negotiating life.

"Lonely Path" The soft melody beautifully takes down a lonely path to wander searching for happiness, broken dreams, possibly lost lover just out of sight.

"So Far in Time, So Sweet in Memory" A song beautiful takes into a dream where the music bring fond memories of past things done, old photographs, love letters ties letters with lace, and a tree marked with initials where one first met.

"Kendra's Song" This songs starts off with such of enjoyable energy then if a certain key bring back memorable times with some treasured memories come in focus of song and someone in time then that same key goes back to the enjoyable energy of the tune.

"The Forgotten Room " The notes sang out sadness in this melody something that had reality, and now has no existence but the only who notices is one who really loves the room. A special room in an old house once full of life with a love one, joyous moments and promises now everything is in the past....just darkness and coldness.

"Remembering Nenna Ne" It was like dancing with partner as we twirling around dancing enjoying the song with so much energy with so much love for each other. It seem to it was trying to pull back memories of time long forgotten.

"The Vanity of Things" Wow, it’s like listening to one Mozart song could be gently expressing insignificance in everything for is heading one way the end, the grave, even beauty is bound to die.

"Running Through the Meadow " I can hear the meadow whispering softly begging to running through it as us to glide through its tall waving feathery grasses as the music continues the air is filled with the humming of hoverflies and bees. Your song if gives me the scent of sun warm grass in high summer what a wonderful song.

"Back to Bach" After listening to this piece of music the notes hang about in your head. Expressing so sadness....from the gentle touch of your a fingertips. Love it.

"Little Thought" This song is very short, so sweet perhaps expressing the essence of true feelings for someone.
"Thinking of You" "Thinking of you" a leisurely song as to remember the last goodbyes with tears and evoking the last caring feeling for each other.
"Life Colours" This melody is upbeat to remind one that life is made of colourful, sensation and dreams to help replace the dark times.

Life Colours

This amazing artist will take through emotions and thoughts revealed in diverse
Antonio each song reflects the artist's emotions and thoughts they are energetic, warm, simple, cheerful, nostalgic and , melancholic. Amazing works, highly recommended.



Seascape
Nearly see your fingers playing across the piano while watching the dawn roll in with a salty haze, with faint whispers from the ocean coming through the window listening to your song. The lull cares away from me from thought is caught in city haze. Your song soothes my soul.

A Rainy Sunday Morning
A beautiful song drinking tea looking out a window at the calm sea, sitting warm by the fireplace listening to soft droplets on porch, no worries, just negotiating life.

Lonely Path
The soft melody beautifully takes down a lonely path to wander searching for happiness, broken dreams, possibly lost lover just out of sight.

So Far in Time, So Sweet in Memory
A song beautiful takes into a dream where the music bring fond memories of past things done, old photographs, love letters ties letters with lace, and a tree marked with initials where one first met.

Kendra's Song
This songs starts off with such of enjoyable energy then if a certain key bring back memorable times with some treasured memories come in focus of song and someone in time then that same key goes back to the enjoyable energy of the tune.

The Forgotten Room
The notes sang out sadness in this melody something that had reality, and now has no existence but the only who notices is one who really loves the room. A special room in an old house once full of life with a love one, joyous moments and promises now everything is in the past....just darkness and coldness.

Remembering Nenna Ne
It was like dancing with partner as we twirling around dancing enjoying the song with so much energy with so much love for each other. It seem to it was trying to pull back memories of time long forgotten.

The Vanity of Things
Wow, it’s like listening to one Mozart song could be gently expressing insignificance in everything for is heading one way the end, the grave, even beauty is bound to die.

Running Through the Meadow
I can hear the meadow whispering softly begging to running through it as us to glide through its tall waving feathery grasses as the music continues the air is filled with the humming of hoverflies and bees. Your song if gives me the scent of sun warm grass in high summer what a wonderful song.

Back to Bach
After listening to this piece of music the notes hang about in your head. Expressing so sadness....from the gentle touch of your a fingertips. Love it.

Little Thought
This song is very short, so sweet perhaps expressing the essence of true feelings for someone.

Thinking of You
"Thinking of you" a leisurely song as to remember the last goodbyes with tears and evoking the last caring feeling for each other.

Life Colours
This melody is upbeat to remind one that life is made of colourful, sensation and dreams to help replace the dark times.