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Fine Tuning

by Paul L. Fine

A relaxing collection of twenty original lyrical piano compositions, generally in Romantic classical style, but with a variety of rhythms (including waltz, Latin dance, and ragtime).
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. A Dance with Karen Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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2. Anticipating Derek Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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3. Beholding Eleanor Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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4. Singing to Benjamin Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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5. Kaleidoscope Colors Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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6. Churchyard Snowfall Paul Fine
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7. Renaissance Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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8. Saku's Smile Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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9. Twins and Triplets Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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10. Post-Lubrication Axle Mechanics Paul Fine
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11. Dreams of Children Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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12. Lilies and Ivy Paul Fine
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13. Strings Paul Fine
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14. Asa's Waltz Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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15. Welcoming Claire Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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16. Haydn Seek Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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17. Now We Are Four Paul Fine
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18. Tammi's Wedding Waltz Korin Hancherlian-Amos
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19. Chasing Butterflies Paul Fine
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20. Rabbit Ragtime Paul Fine
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Fine Tuning" is a collection of twenty lyrical piano pieces composed by Paul Fine and performed by Paul and Korin Hancherlian-Amos.

Paul was born in Sylvania, Ohio and educated at Harvard University and the University of Michigan Medical School. He has been composing music since the age of six, though he was kind enough to exclude his first (the legendary “Let’s Go to the Bakery”) from this compilation. The pieces on "Fine Tuning" were composed over many years to celebrate various people and occasions. When he is not at the piano, Paul is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Michigan Medical School.

Korin was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. Of Armenian descent, she immigrated to the United States in 1976. She received her Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Performance from Eastern Michigan University under the guidance of Professor Joseph Gurt. Korin has been teaching piano privately since 1983. In addition, she runs the Nelson Amos Studio in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Kathy Parsons has reviewed "Fine Tuning" for Solo Piano Publications:

“Fine Tuning” is pianist/composer Paul Fine’s debut recording, and contains twenty original pieces composed between 1972-2006 that reflect on many different people and events in the composer’s life. It is interesting to note that it is difficult to tell which pieces were composed earlier in life, as it is often quite apparent. Paul Fine and Korin Hancherlian-Amos played the music for the recording, and it isn’t apparent when there is a switch in pianist - the transitions are seamless. For the most part, Fine’s composing style is very classical, hinting at some of Mozart’s and Haydn’s lighter pianistic moments. Not all of the pieces are light, but since Fine is a practicing physician and an associate professor at the University of Michigan, I suspect that the piano is a great source of relaxation and de-stressing for him. The pieces are melodic and structured, and include waltzes, lullabies, a couple of rags, and other assorted confections.

“Fine Tuning” opens with “A Dance With Karen,” an elegant eight-minute piece composed for the composer’s wife in honor of the many evenings they have spent ballroom dancing. The graceful musical line is full of loving warmth and evokes visions of ladies in long sweeping dresses and debonair gentlemen guiding them around the dance floor. “Anticipating Derek” was composed on the day Fine learned he was going to become a father for the first time. Effectively blending joy, wonder, excitement, and a touch of fear, this is a deeply personal musical statement. “Singing to Benjamin” is a passionate beauty composed for Fine’s second son. Composed in two sections, the first was written in honor of his birth, and the second came a few months later and seemed to magically calm the baby when he was upset. I really love this piece! ”Saku’s Smile” is joyful, carefree, and full of innocence. Another one of my favorites is “Post-Lubrication Axle Mechanics,” one of the rags. Beginning with a rather whimsical scale, it segues into a lively, rhythmic romp. I love ragtime piano, and this is a great piece that sounds like fun to play. I also really like “Dreams of Children,” which was begun when Fine was ten-years-old and completed for this album. Introspective and full of longing, it is quite a bit darker than most of the other pieces and deeply emotional. “Haydn Seek” is an energetic and lighthearted 42-second piece composed in a style similar to Haydn’s -- charming! “Tammi’s Wedding Waltz” is a lovely, graceful dance composed for a very special day. “Chasing Butterflies” is as light and carefree as its title implies, swirling and leaping through the air, laughing all the way. “Rabbit Ragtime” closes the album with a toe-tapping grin. Great stuff!

“Fine Tuning” is a delightful debut, and I hope we’ll be hearing more from Paul Fine. If you enjoy the structure of classical music with a contemporary approach, this will be a happy addition to your collection.


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Harry Strank

A wonderful blend of poignancy and playfulness
This CD has a wonderful range of music. Several of the pieces are tied to events in the composer's life such as the births of his children, and the music evinces the sort of emotion one would expect from such connections. Other pieces are just fun and playful. This is a delightful CD, and I recommend it strongly.

Kathy Parsons

A Great Debut!
“Fine Tuning” is pianist/composer Paul Fine’s debut recording, and contains twenty original pieces composed between 1972-2006 that reflect on many different people and events in the composer’s life. It is interesting to note that it is difficult to tell which pieces were composed earlier in life, as it is often quite apparent. Paul Fine and Korin Hancherlian-Amos played the music for the recording, and it isn’t apparent when there is a switch in pianist - the transitions are seamless. For the most part, Fine’s composing style is very classical, hinting at some of Mozart’s and Haydn’s lighter pianistic moments. Not all of the pieces are light, but since Fine is a practicing physician and an associate professor at the University of
Michigan, I suspect that the piano is a great source of relaxation and de-stressing for him. The pieces are melodic and structured, and include waltzes, lullabies, a couple of rags, and other assorted confections.

“Fine Tuning” opens with “A Dance With Karen,” an elegant eight-minute piece composed for the composer’s wife in honor of the many evenings they have spent ballroom dancing. The graceful musical line is full of loving warmth and evokes visions of ladies in long sweeping dresses and debonair gentlemen guiding them around the dance floor. “Anticipating Derek” was composed on the day Fine learned he was going to become a father for the first time. Effectively blending joy, wonder, excitement, and a touch of fear, this is a deeply personal musical statement. “Singing to Benjamin” is a passionate beauty composed for Fine’s second son. Composed in two sections, the first was written in honor of his birth, and the second came a few months later and seemed to magically calm the baby when he was upset. I really love this piece! ”Saku’s Smile” is joyful, carefree, and full of innocence. Another one of my favorites is “Post-Lubrication Axle Mechanics,” one of the rags. Beginning with a rather whimsical scale, it segues into a lively, rhythmic romp. I love ragtime piano, and this is a great piece that sounds like fun to play. I also really like “Dreams of Children,” which was begun when Fine was ten years old and completed for this album. Introspective and full of longing, it is quite a bit darker than most of the other pieces and deeply emotional. “Haydn Seek” is an energetic and lighthearted 42-second piece composed in a style similar to Haydn’s - charming! “Tammi’s Wedding Waltz” is a lovely, graceful dance composed for a very special day. “Chasing Butterflies” is as light and carefree as its title implies, swirling and leaping through the air, laughing all the way. “Rabbit Ragtime” closes the album with a toe-tapping grin. Great stuff!

“Fine Tuning” is a delightful debut, and I hope we’ll be hearing more from Paul Fine. If you enjoy the structure of classical music with a contemporary approach, this will be a happy addition to your collection. Enjoy!

MSS

Cleverly arranged sounds that soothe and entertain
The sounds are cleverly arranged to soothe, yet entertain.
Without distracting words, the "easy listening" music is great for driving as well as background dinner music. Though the music represents various emotions, the underlying tone is positive and hopeful.