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The Piano

by Chad Lawson

Opening with J.S. Bach's Prelude in C Major, The Piano, contains nine original compositions by award winning pianist Chad Lawson. From a reminiscent sound of Chopin on Nocturne in a Minor to a tender piece dedicated to Amy Winehouse.
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1. Preludium in C Major (Variation) - J.S. Bach
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2. Nocturne in a Minor
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3. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
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4. Rest Now Weary Soul (to Amy Winehouse)
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5. Dance You Pretty
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6. Swan Lake
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7. Ballade in c Minor
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8. As Only Yesterday
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9. Goodnight, Daniel
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10. My Romance
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Cualquier adjetivo se hace pequeño en este trabajo!.
Hay música que hay que escuchar para saber lo que realmente dicen sus notas y todos los párrafos que ahora escribiré sobre este álbum serán vanos, al menos que escuchen este indescriptible trabajo; mientras tanto, yo seguiré disfrutando con uno de los mejores trabajos de Chad Lawson hasta la fecha. Después de haber probado en diferentes estilos como el Pop, el Jazz o el New Age, Lawson nos presenta uno de los trabajos más clásicos para piano que se han revisado en Reviews New Age. Con diez piezas completamente originales, Lawson saca el mayor partido posible al piano, un piano que nos habla, un piano que susurra.

La primera sorpresa es la variación que Lawson realiza de Prelude in C Major de Johann Sebastian Bach. Una obra maestra que ya nos anuncia sobre las maravillas que podemos encontrar en The Piano.

“Nocturne In A minor” es sencillamente única. Empapándose de sus maestros clásicos, Lawson compone una de las grandes obras de este trabajo, donde la técnica conjuga a la perfección con una música exquisita, elegante, pero sobre todo, de una belleza sobrecogedora. Sin palabras…

Con sumo cuidado y mostrando una calidad en la composición sobrehumana, Chad une melancolía con esperanza. “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud” eriza todos los vellos de la piel. No existe una melodía tan personal.

“Rest Now Weary Soul”. Un título contundente para una historia que conmocionó al mundo. Lawson da su particular tributo a una de las grandes voces del siglo veintiuno, la cantante Soul, Amy Winehouse, fallecida en 2011. Es tanta la delicadeza y fragilidad en la interpretación… Una melodía que duerme en el silencio, apagada, íntima… Perfecta.

“Dance You Pretty” es una composición que se aleja del género clásico, pero no por ello deja de ser una de mis preferidas. Como una canción de cuna, esta posee una melodía muy pegadiza, pero interpretada con mucho mimo. Es sencillamente, hermosa.

Como una continuación de “Rest Now Weary Soul”, “Swan Lake” es otra de las obras que transcriben las sensaciones de Lawson. Como improvisada en el momento, Lawson interpreta con delicadeza extrema esta bella y lánguida pieza. Sus manos rozan las teclas, apenas las toca…

Regresamos al género clásico y con fuerza. “Ballade In C minor”. Un baile de apasionadas y nostálgicas notas es esgrimido con depurada técnica, dejando al oyente sin respirar hasta el final. No existen las palabras, sólo la música. Escuchen y disfruten.

“As Only Yesterday” es una composición que bien podría formar parte de su álbum debut Set On a Hill. Encantadora y bañada por una radiante luz, la melodía crece y decrece al paso del tiempo, creando momentos llamativos e instantes relajados. Una verdadera delicia.

Inspirada y dedicada a su hijo, “Goodnight, Daniel” es hasta el día de hoy, la mejor canción de cuna original que he escuchado. La melodía es entrañable, creada por una acertada combinación de notas y acordes que se acercan con fuerza al estilo clásico. Chapeau Maestro Lawson!.

La pieza romántica del álbum es “My Romance”. Introspectiva, donde la simplicidad de la melodía contrasta con el quebradizo toque de Chad Lawson, quien se deja el alma en cada nota, cada acorde. Un final magnífico, abierto, que deja una leve sonrisa de felicidad en el oyente.


Hasta el momento, no hay ningún lanzamiento del pianista y compositor Chad Lawson que no se encuentre entre los mejores del año en el género New Age. Es una total expectación a cada nuevo trabajo que este pianista publica y a día de hoy, sigue sin decepcionar. Después de disfrutar de su piano en clave de Jazz, Pop, Rock o New Age, y tras creer que ya sería imposible ser sorprendidos nuevamente, Lawson nos deja boquiabiertos con “The Piano”, un trabajo de corte clásico de esos que crean seguidores, único, bellísimo, técnicamente magistral… Cualquier adjetivo se hace pequeño en este trabajo. Compruébelo usted mismo!.

reviewsnewage.com
28/03/12

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"The Piano" is Chad Lawson's second CD of original piano solos, following his immensely popular "Set On a Hill," the 2009 Whisperings Solo Piano Radio Album of the Year. It is no surprise that "The Piano" has been nominated for the 2011 Album of the Year as well. Lawson's playing defines "velvet touch," and he often approaches the piano with the French Impressionists' ideal - playing the piano as though it doesn't have hammers. A classically-trained pianist with an extensive jazz background, Lawson can do it all when it comes to music, but his original solo piano work is nothing short of sublime. "The Piano" was recorded at Joe Bongiorno's Piano Haven studio, and his Kawai grand piano is a perfect fit for Lawson's delicate and evocative music.

"The Piano" begins with "Preludium in C Major" by JS Bach, but not an exact playing of that piece. It is interesting to note that Bach didn't like the piano (a new invention in his own lifetime) and considered it a passing fancy. He was also a great improvisor, and I can picture him sitting in heaven in his powdered wig smiling kindly on Lawson playing his own take on Bach's most famous prelude. "Nocturne in A Minor" is a nod to Chopin and is absolutely stunning for its delicate complexity and emotional depth. I saw Lawson play this piece live recently, and the people around me said they had never seen me so enraptured in a performance. I'm really looking forward to the sheet music for this one! "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud" is as wistful as a daydream and as graceful as a spring breeze. Light and bittersweet, it's gorgeous! "Rest Now Weary Soul" is dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse and expresses deep sadness and a sense of loss with a gentle touch filled with tenderness. "Swan Lake" is fragile it is so delicate, evoking visions of the graceful birds gliding effortlessly on a tranquil body of water. Music just doesn't get more peaceful than this! "Ballade in C Minor" is another favorite with possible references to Chopin. This piece reveals a bit more than the others just what an amazing pianist Lawson is, both technically and expressively. This one rates a great big "WOW!" Love it! "Goodnight, Daniel" is a tender lullaby composed for the birth of Lawson's son. I'd be willing to bet that this piece sends the baby boy into sweet Dreamland every time! "My Romance" is one of those wonderful pieces that feels like an intimate conversation with someone very dear - honest and unguarded, completely from the heart. What a lovely conclusion to a fantastic album!

I would expect "The Piano" to be on many Favorites lists for 2011, and promise that it will be on mine! This is an amazing album, so treat yourself to the pleasure of listening to one of the very best. I give it my highest recommendation.