David Glass | Beginning The Journey

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Beginning The Journey

by David Glass

Acoustic solo piano that paints emotional landscapes.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Leaf On A Stream
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2. Only With You
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3. New Beginnings
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4. Blind Beach
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5. Echoing Hearts
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6. Red Horizon
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7. November Sky
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8. To Love Another
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9. Cry Of The Sea
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10. Sun River
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Sure to be on my favorites List for 2008, I really hope this is only the beginning of David Glass’ musical journey. In a year of incredible solo piano albums, this is one of the best. Very highly recommended!"
-Kathy Parsons, mainlypiano.com.

"We not have heard of David Glass before this point in time, but we will be hearing about him again. At least a full third of the CDs that come across my desk are solo piano albums. I highly recommend this one as one of the best"

- RJ Lannan. newagereporter.com

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This CD marks the third release featuring pianist David Glass and his first solo CD of original compositions and improvisations. David has developed a unique style yet the music displays marked influences ranging from contemporaries such as pianist Cyprien Katsaris, Keith Emerson, Bill Evans, Keith Jarret, and George Winston to the classical roots of Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Ravel. This music will take the listener on a journey of the soul with all the vibrance and reflective nature of a brook on its journey to the sea.

David Glass is fluent in many styles of piano music and has performed throughout his career, predominantly as a classical pianist and has received compliments from listeners that include the Prince of Nepal, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and actors Bill Cosby and Robin Williams.

He received his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Ma. David did his graduate work in composition, film scoring and electronic music at San Jose State University, CA.

In 2006 David released his first piano solo CD of the rarely recorded Liszt transcription of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, “The Pastoral”, which may be the American premier recording. In 2004, David collaborated with pianist Francis Martineau and released their CD “On Course. Improvised Piano For Four Hands”, which was followed by a series of live concerts on the west coast of the US. David is scheduled to perform a series of concerts in Europe and the United States in 2008 to promote his latest recording, "Beginning The Journey".


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Chris Keen

Wonderful melodies
I have not stopped playing this disc since it arrived. Each piece is melodic and the whole disc is fanastic. I especially liked 'Leaf On as Stream'. I found myself waking in the middle of the night with the melody in my head. Great stuff!

Toshie Okada

Picturesque
Amazingly picturesque and truly beautiful! Easy to listen, and yet, deep. It touches your soul.

Emi

Leaf On A Stream
I love this song because this is such a graceful song. It makes me see a lovely little leaf on a clean stream in a beautiful forest. The leaf doesn't know where to go, but it just lets nature carry it gently. This song makes me calm and I feel as if I have nothing to worry about.

Kathy Parsons

Incredible!
“Beginning The Journey” is pianist/composer David Glass’ third CD, but his first of original compositions and improvisations. Classically-trained from the age of eight through graduate work, Glass is one of those rare artists who has the playing chops to express whatever he wishes at the piano, making it all sound effortless. After recording Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s sixth symphony, Glass felt the need to express himself in a more contemporary and less technical way, and to explore more intimate feelings with his music. The results are a truly exceptional and emotionally rich collection of eleven original pieces that range from buoyant and joyful to very subdued and melancholy, without a weak track on the album. A highly-regarded and much sought-after piano teacher in the SF Bay Area, Glass truly lives and breathes piano, and his own music is pure, natural, and deeply evocative. I have a feeling that David Glass will be one of my favorite artists for a long time to come.

The “Journey” begins with “Leaf On as Stream,” a piece that expresses the joy and freedom of embarking on an adventure. This is one of the livelier and more melodic pieces on the CD, and Glass says that it’s a little different each time he plays it. “Only With You” was improvised in the studio. Quieter and a bit melancholy, the emotions conveyed are open and sincere. “New Beginnings” was inspired by the memory of an old friend from high school. The piece clearly expresses the poignance of the emotions that run so deeply at that time of life - touchingly beautiful! “Echoing Hearts” is a bit lighter, flowing, and very tranquil. “Red Horizon” is simply one of the most gorgeous piano improvisations I’ve ever heard. Full of yearning, passion, and introspection, Glass really pours out his heart on this one. In 8 1/2 minutes, his muse takes him on a journey of the soul and spirit, exploring them in incredible depth. I can’t get enough of this piece! “November Sky” is also a favorite. Inspired while sitting on some rocks by a creek in a redwood forest, it dances with life. “Cry Of the Sea” is a fascinating improvisation that is dark, passionate, and very visual. Avoiding the rolling arpeggios that many pianists use to describe ocean waves, Glass uses deep bass notes in a slow pattern to describe the water, and fast, shimmering scales for sea gulls flying and crying above the surf - an amazing piece! “Sun River” is warm, sunny, and majestic. “Starlight Before Dawn” is the other piece I’ve been obsessed with. Mostly improvised, it is slow, dreamy, and completely at peace. Very spare and open, the treble notes suggest sparkling stars while the deep bass provides deep, dark space. Again emotional to the core, full of longing and yet at one with the universe, this piece and “Red Horizon” are not to be missed! Incredible music!

Sure to be on my Favorites List for 2008, I really hope this is only the beginning of David Glass’ musical journey. In a year of incredible solo piano albums, this is one of the best. Very highly recommended!