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Reconstructed (Solo Piano)

by Isadar

In 1981, George Winston released his solo piano album "Autumn." It sold millions of copies and put Windham Hill Records on the map. 30 years later Isadar is part of a new solo piano voice - and Will Ackerman is still behind the music...
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Summer Nights (Reconstructed)
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2. Throwing the Dice (Reconstructed)
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3. End of the Line (Reconstructed)
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4. Active Imagination (Reconstructed)
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5. The Purple Heart: A Summary (Reconstructed)
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6. Where the Wild Things Are (Reconstructed)
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7. Jealous Heart (Reconstructed)
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8. Uncertainty (Reconstructed)
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9. The Bermuda Triangle (Reconstructed)
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10. Near the Edge of Light (Reconstructed)
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11. Waiting (Reconstructed)
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12. Overview (Reconstructed)
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13. Love Chaconne (Reconstructed)
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14. Fountain of Life (Reconstructed)
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15. Smoke Signals (Reconstructed)
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16. Voice of God - Thanksgiving (Reconstructed)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“I’ve just finished one of the most productive sessions in my career. Isadar brought his compositions and his brilliant performance capabilities to my Imaginary Road Studios this week and simply astounded engineer Tom Eaton and myself with his talents, his focus, and to be honest - his remarkable humanity.

The music we recorded ranged from the achingly beautiful to the breathtakingly technical, all of this rendered expertly through the unique musical lens that Isadar offers us. Isadar has been recording for some time and has been met with open arms wherever he’s gone, but I expect that this recording “Reconstructed” will wake up an audience looking for a new voice and a new perspective. Isadar is the sort of talent a producer longs for...”

- Will Ackerman, Grammy award winner, and founder of Windham Hill Records (March 2012)


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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Prolific recording artist Isadar’s latest album is his first produced by Grammy Award-winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records/Private Music founder Will Ackerman, and the result is a superbly crafted and recorded collection of new takes of selected cuts from Isadar’s previous solo piano CDs.

I haven’t heard Isadar’s prior work, so I can’t compare the new versions to the originals. However, I can certainly say that the lyrical compositions are beautifully arranged and wonderfully performed. Isadar demonstrates masterful skill in his playing and impeccable taste in his creative choices. He also lets loose on several tracks with a quirky playfulness that prevents this from becoming a stodgy affair.

This album can be enjoyed by solo piano aficionados and general music fans alike and is a perfect and pleasant soundtrack for motoring.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Reconstructed roza la excelencia y su belleza no conoce fin.
Desde hace años vamos oyendo muy buenas impresiones sobre el pianista norteamericano Isadar; ya era hora de dar a conocer a este gran artista y polifacético músico en Reviews New Age. Para ello, hemos aprovechado el lanzamiento de su nuevo trabajo, Reconstructed. Producido por el guitarrista, ganador del Grammy y fundador de Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman. Isadar reinventa dieciséis tracks que ya se incluían en seis de sus más populares álbumes, formando un álbum variado en melodías, rico en emociones y de una depurada técnica.

“Summer Nights” es el primer track del álbum, una mezcla de aromas y reminiscencias plasmados en una tranquila y bella línea. “Summer Nights” es plácida, con algunos momentos de euforia donde se repiten las pegadizas notas. Una pieza difícil de olvidar de sugerente sonido.

El desconcierto nace con “Throwing The Dice”, una de mis piezas preferidas. Intensa y provocadora, Isadar recorre todas las escalas del piano con rapidez interpretando una de las composiciones más técnicas de todo el álbum. Un sinfín de fuertes sensaciones bombardean al oyente en cada segundo. Fascinante!.

Otra nueva emoción surge. “End Of The Line” es sensible a más no poder, en algunos momentos, la piel se eriza tras el toque perfecto, tras la nota perfecta. La melodía que va brotando es de majestuosa belleza. Increíble comienzo para Reconstructed!.

Isadar invita al oyente a dejar volar a su fantasía con “Active Imagination”. Acudiendo a una destacada técnica, como ya hiciese en “Throwing The Dice”, Isadar une con acierto una buena melodía con una magistral interpretación. “Active Imagination” se mueve con gracia, saltando de acorde en acorde, de nota en nota con elegancia. Me gusta!.

“The Purple Heart (a summary)” es hasta el momento el tema más relajado, aliviado de los raudales de sensaciones de las anteriores pistas. Sencillez y juego de silencios son prefectos para hacer que el oyente juegue con sus pensamientos, buscando en su interior el pensamiento o recuerdo que le muestre la verdadera belleza o la alegría. Otra de mis preferidas en Reconstructed. Sin palabras…

Vuelve la originalidad con “Where The Wind Things Are”, sin duda, Isadar es un Maestro del toque rápido y la composición. Dentro del piano contemporáneo, pero traspasando la línea hacia un piano más orientado al rock, al jazz… Algo difícil de clasificar, pero atractivo de escuchar.

Cambiamos de aires y con un “algo” que recuerda y con fuerza a George Winston, Isadar da vida a otra de las grandísimas composiciones de este nuevo trabajo. “Jealous Heart” parece una improvisación, donde sutiles toques de acordes consiguen despertar el lado más personal del oyente. Esto es asombroso. No debemos olvidar que este CD podría se un “Lo Mejor De…” y sin duda, hasta el momento lo ha conseguido!.

Otra de mis preferidas es la gran “Uncertainty”. Al margen de una técnica que sobresalte, esta pieza posee una fuerza atroz en su melodía, posiblemente la más bella de este CD. “Uncertainty” es atenta y misteriosa en su estrofa y puentes, pero poderosa dentro de la brevedad de su estribillo, un cenit que aunque efímero, es intenso.

La dulzura se apodera de las manos de Isadar al comenzar “The Bermuda Triangle”. Esta tiene un comienzo embaucador, pero segundos más tarde, Isadar regresa a su peculiar y raudo toque hasta llegar al estribillo, donde el pianista resurge con una melodía poderosa y positiva.

Una emanación de fuerza y energía en “Near The Edge Of Light”. Uno de los puntos destacables del piano de Isadar es la originalidad en sus composiciones, nada predecibles. En esta ocasión, una melodía rápida se une a un cenit sorprendente, donde el pianista golpea fuertes acordes. Interesante.

Un descanso para los oídos y momentos para reflexionar entre las notas de “Waiting”. Esta pieza pasa desapercibida, el poder que posee la música es tan relajante que el oyente dentro de su inconsciencia, regresa a su ideal mundo, despertando repentinamente al mundo real entre dinámicos toques en el teclado. Me gusta!.

En “Overview”, cerrar los ojos e imaginar a Isadar tocar esta pieza en directo es una delicia. Un derroche de emociones surgen tras una magistral interpretación, donde la melodía viene y va, sube de alegría para más tarde, bajar a lo más íntimo y personal.

Acariciar con los dedos las escalas más bajas y crear el sentimiento más profundo en su justa medida es un Don del que goza Isadar y que ya hemos podido sentir en otras piezas anteriores. Reflejando un contexto oscuro y algo perverso, el artista muestra su lado más subjetivo, introspectivo, con una música increíble. Otra de mis preferidas!.

Otra belleza; esto es impresionante. “Fountain Of Life” es otra de esas piezas engañosas de Reconstructed. Comienzo reservado para romper en un cenit rápido y hermoso. La melodía está llena de ímpetu, dejando los momentos más apacibles para el comienzo y el final. Genial!.

Apoyándose en las notas más bajas, Isadar golpea acordes para “Smoke Signals”, personalmente, la pieza menos interesante del CD. Aunque rápida, es carente de una melodía que impacte, algo que ya poseen prácticamente todas las piezas anteriores. Un trabajo con un nivel tan alto en todos los sentidos, no se ve reducido por este track.

La última composición del álbum es “Voice Of God (Thanksgiving)”, algo grandioso para finalizar el álbum, algo esencial. Entrañable, frágil y de una belleza que llega a dejar al oyente boquiabierto. Isadar ha sabido como dar fin a este asombroso CD. “Voice Of God (Thanksgiving)” es indudablemente, otra de mis preferidas.


Reconstructed tiene que ser escuchado por cualquier amante de la buena música, el piano que aquí encontramos roza la excelencia y su belleza no conoce fin. Isadar ha sabido elegir lo mejor de lo mejor de su repertorio, creando un álbum que se encontrará entre los mejores de Reviews New Age, y por supuesto, entre los más vendidos del mercado. Si disfrutas con los grandes pianistas contemporáneos y especialmente con George Winston, Isadar es uno de los pianistas que no pueden faltar en tu discoteca particular. A Reconstructed le doy la más alta puntuación; es Muy Altamente Recomendado!.

reviewsnewage.com
25/06/12

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus
“Reconstructed” makes a wonderful first impression as it begins with a lovely tune entitled “Summer Nights.” Its gentle melody is entrancing and draws the listener in right from the start. I also appreciated Isadar’s sense of dynamics as it builds then drops into a more minimalistic feel in the second movement. The dynamic modulation continues on the second track, “Throwing The Dice,” which starts out sparsely before shifting into a lively upbeat tempo with interesting rhythmic complexity. Things slow down on “End Of The Line,” which exhibits an archetypal Windham Hill vibe painted in pastel hues of sound. His song called “Jealous Heart” captures this feel as well.

Isadar draws inspiration from some unlikely places, such as on “Active Imagination,” which is based on the teachings of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. Another interesting song title reference bears the name of the famous children’s book “Where The Wild Things Are” by the late Maurice Sendak. Upon seeing that listed on the album tracks, I was interested to hear how he would interpret it. Isadar gave this piece a bluesy feel, although more melodically and harmonically complex than the typical 12-bar blues. Also capturing my interest from the title alone was “The Bermuda Triangle.” It turned out to be not quite as mysterious as I expected, but actually reminded me a bit of something in the vein of famed jazz pianist Keith Jarrett.

I particularly enjoyed a quiet little song called “Waiting,” which evoked a feeling of anticipation and a looking forward to something happening. Another favorite was “Fountain Of Life” and the way it started with gentle sprays of notes before flowing into a fluid unfolding of rolling arpeggios and expressive melody. Overall I was impressed with Isadar’s piano mastery on such a diversity of material, and especially his aforementioned sense of dynamics with the yin and yang qualities it brings to his music. “Reconstructed” is a formidable collection and a perfect introduction to those who may not be familiar with the work of this incredibly talented musician.

To read a full length review of this CD and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Reconstructed" is a new “best of” anthology of Isadar’s (non-Christmas) solo piano CDs from the past twenty-one years. What sets this album apart from other anthologies is that Will Ackerman (owner of Imaginary Roads Studio and the legendary founder of Windham Hill Records) chose the sixteen tracks and produced the album. Isadar re-recorded all of the music at Imaginary Road on Ackerman’s extraordinary Steinway B grand piano. The majority of Ackerman’s productions (that I have heard, anyway) include an impressive group of back-up musicians, but Reconstructed is strictly solo piano. Being very familiar with Isadar’s music, I really appreciate Ackerman’s selections for this album. It gives a great overview of Isadar’s various composing styles from the dreamy “Love Chaconne” to the upbeat and playful “Where the Wild Things Are.” Six of the eight tracks from "Active Imagination" are included, but are somewhat shorter than the original recordings. Four tracks come from "The Journey" (2000), four from "Near the Edge of Light" (1990), a bonus track from "Scratching the Surface" (2006) which is also a best of collection, and a “summarized” track from "The Purple Heart" (2003).

I first became aware of Isadar and his music with "Active Imagination" in 1999, and he has continued to be one of my favorite artists over the years. One of the most versatile and creative artists I know, it was with genuine delight that I hosted an Isadar house concert here two years ago. I was even more fascinated with his music watching him play live. Of all of his releases, I think Reconstructed captures the spirit of his live performance best. His playing contains a good deal of improvisation, keeping the music fresh and vibrant no matter how often he plays it. Yet, it isn’t that different from the recordings or sheet music, so we have the best of both.

“Summer Nights” is a wonderful opening track. Warm, relaxed and flowing, it is an elegant “hook” to draw you into the album. “Throwing the Dice” is a longtime favorite with its shifting rhythms and “off the cuff” feel. “End of the Line” is a gorgeous, melodic ballad that shows Isadar’s soulful side. The rhythms and interplay between the hands in “Active Imagination” have always fascinated me, and this take is spectacular. The Purple Heart CD is a 55-minute improvisation dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack. This summary track beautifully captures the feel of the album in a much shorter format. “Where the Wild Things Are” is another longtime favorite. Short and jazzy with just a touch of funk, I love playing this one, too! “Uncertainty” is a dark and moody soliloquy of sorts - love it. “Waiting” is very soft-spoken and graceful with a feeling of anticipation. “Love Chaconne” is an Isadar classic with its repeated pattern in the deep bass of the piano and improvisatory, somewhat percussive right hand communicating from the heart. “Voice of God - Thanksgiving” ends the album quietly and peacefully, inviting many repeated visits to this great album.

If you are new to Isadar’s music or a longtime fan like me who has most of his many recordings, "Reconstructed" is a must-have. These fresh new versions of old favorites are wonderful, and the piano sound is perfect. I give it my highest recommendation.

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
When the poignant sounds of piano fill the room you forget everything and just want to listen to these streaming melodies time and again. The music of Isadar is very light and weightless. It touches the heart and soul carefully as if afraid to hurt them. And yet Isadar’s manner of playing piano is very meditative and at the same time technically perfect.
The album “Reconstructed” consists of 16 revisited and re-recorded songs from Isadar’s previous six solo albums released over the past 20 years independently. The track selection for the CD was chosen and produced by none other than famous William Ackerman who is the founder of legendary Windham Hill Records. The hand of this established master is clearly felt on “Reconstructed”, sounding as a single whole. One more distinctive feature of mentioned project is the refined recording and engineering work of Tom Eaton.
The music of Isadar arouses positive feelings and brings inspiration to the listener. What a joy to listen to the true emotional experiences of the artist. We are undoubtedly witnessing the birth of a new bright star on the new age and contemporary piano music sky.
When the music of Isadar dies away your heart remains open…