Love Songs - By Darian Stavans.
Darian Stavans - Piano.
"It is only through enlightened respect, that love flourishes borderless..."
Love Songs is one of a broad collection of love song albums the world has accumulated with time. Important figures in the world of pop music such as Sir Elton John or George Michael have expressed their appreciation for this form of musical expression by recording their own albums with good compilations of love songs written by the greatest icons in music.
Great composers in the world of classical music have also focused on enriching the love song genre, having transformed it into their own personal music style. Without question, one of the most important song collections of all times is “Songs without Words” by Felix Mendelssohn, who achieved great musical heights with this group of works.
This Love Songs album is another example of the wordless “love song” genre. It contains images such as landscapes, nocturnal scenes, daydreams and visions of the sea. These images are intertwined with feelings of nostalgia, ballads and fleeting lights that create the melodies of this group of love songs. The album is intended for in-depth enjoyment and aural enrichment when listened to carefully.
Love songs have always constituted an important musical form for those who believe that it is through love that we honor our lives.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Evocative is a word that has been used to describe, or better said, react to the music of Darian Stavans. Evocative? One would imagine that such a music would bring to the mind and heart shared memories, but one does not necessarily share memories with an artist; one shares feelings, reflections, dreams. These are the things one finds in the music of Darian Stavans— a passage of sorts to that special place we all have deep in our souls.
The apparent simplicity of works such as Interiors, Passion, and Poetic is powerfully touching and intensely beautiful. Captivating melodies hold our attention as their notes drop ever deeper into the soul of the listener, retrieving echoes of the human experience we all share. Our lives may be different, but our feelings are not. Stavans’ music glides us soothingly into currents of profoundly romantic reverie, pools of sunlit serenity, and occasionally into the depths of fleeting melancholy.
Stavans, the composer, imbues his music with texture: a guitar lends its sometimes earthy, sometimes airy quality to Els Segons Temps; whereas a lighter, more translucent harp is used to render Lullabies. In making his music come alive, Stavans has also become a producer (he produced all the works featured here) and a conductor. He conducted and recorded the St. Angelis Symphony Orchestra for his works Noir et Blanc and Prayer.
Nonetheless, Darian Stavans is first and foremost a gifted composer and pianist. His music speaks his soul and in so doing, speaks to our own. Perhaps listening to his works we might become acquainted with the artist, but it would be more accurate to say, we become reacquainted with ourselves.