Piezas Sentimentales / Sentimental Pieces - By Darian Stavans.
Alberto Cruzprieto - Piano.
The fabric of these sixteen brief musical thoughts reflects their intrinsic craftsmanship and emotional existence.
Altogether these sixteen short pieces for piano are moderate expressions of musical feeling. All of them awaken our senses to build upon that peaceful, gentle experience of appreciating life’s soft and dreamy moments.
Indeed, they speak about what they are, sentimental pieces; short musical works for piano that delight our bodies and minds, our ears and our spirit during moments of relaxation, good reading or gazing out the window in the quiet retrospection that enlightens our souls. These sixteen musical thoughts are linked to each other as they shed their light for us to relax in and enjoy.
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.