Fiona Joy Hawkins | Angel Above My Piano

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Angel Above My Piano

by Fiona Joy Hawkins

By Fiona Joy Hawkins - Winner NAR Lifestyles Music Award BEST PIANO ALBUM 2006, a beautiful and emotional and romantic journey to landscapes and places you only dream of.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Crystal Desert
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2. Dance of the Penguins
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3. Flight of the Albatross
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4. Angel Above My Piano
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5. Love in Winter (1st Movement Opus for Love)
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6. Love Forever (2nd Movement Opus for Love)
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7. Love in Spring (3rd Movement Opus for Love)
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8. Watching the Wind
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9. Down the Aisle (Wedding March 2)
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10. Thinking of You (Australian Lullaby)
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11. Preamble (Partitia No 5)
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12. The Child's Game
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13. Love Forever (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Angel Above my Piano by Fiona Joy Hawkins

Voted Best Piano Album in the NAR Lifestyle Music Awards 2006. Atmospheric and captivating, this romantic piano album takes you from the perfect ‘Hollywood movie moment’ to the extraordinary wilderness of Antarctica. Angel Above My Piano is a beautiful and emotional journey to landscapes you only dream of.

This hauntingly stunning piano shows virtuosity and yet a delicateness of touch. Opening with Antarctic Interludes, Fiona Joy Hawkins brings to life the majesty, wilderness and wildlife of the Antarctic continent. Inspired after an expedition cruise on the Orion, she has captured the grandness yet fragility of a frozen and unique place. “This glacial world has given a sense of awe and privilege that will live with me for the rest of my life’.

The grand orchestration and soaring piano of Opus For Love is soul searching. “This Opus represents the journey that spans the winter of our life, the heart-ache that we feel for those who have left us, and both the sadness and joy we feel when we look back to remember.

Title track Angel Above My Piano brings to life the painting of an Angel that came in a dream,’The Angel’ marks time and signifies the strength we search for in times of need. She looks like someone you know but no-one you have ever met”.

Fiona Joy Hawkins’ award winning debut album Portrait of a Waterfall charted at #1 on the New Age Reporter World Charts and was a finalist for the Best Piano Album in the NAR Lifestyle Music Awards for 2005. Track two \'Dance of the Penguins\' has achieved critical acclaim as a finalist in the MusicOz Awards for best Classical composition.

Fiona also incorporates manuscripts of her music onto canvas to create bold colourful mixed media abstracts that allow the viewer to hear and see her music.

Truly an album of ‘piano to dream to’, Angel Above My Piano by Fiona Joy Hawkins is filled with romantic melodies that are other worldly and will transport you to places you have never imagined.

Listen, purchase and view paintings at fionajoy.com. Also available in most good record stores and i-tunes.
Contact. www.fionajoyhawkins.com.au - see youtube video phenomenon at www.penguinwhisperer.com


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mark

angel above my piano
I heard a piece on Lucky seven on-line radio, was impressed and went searching. I found your site, listened to the samples and thought this is good company to drive home with or to play in the background at home or indeed anywhere.

Oscar

Peaceful and Serene
Love "Angel Above My Piano." Beautiful CD. Inspiring and thoughtful work by this talented artist and musician. One of my friends deploying to Iraq also enjoyed it and wants to get this wonderful CD as well. Truly peaceful and serene. Great work Fiona. I salute you.

rachel gallegos


I have to admit I'm not a Huge fan on New Age or Classical music but when I heard Down the Aisle (Wedding March 2) I fell in love with it and when I heard the rest of the album it just got better. It's soothing and relaxing. I truthfully leave my chaotic life and I'm suddenly under the stars lying in a hammock.

Sandy Kimble

The CD was perfect we are using parts of it for our Wedding
This CD my fiance' came across when we were looking for a song to be played during the wedding ceremony and " down the Isle" is perfect, upon listeningto the rest of the CD is was was GREAT very beautiful and relaxing I have told all my friends about it and they are going to get it ...

Jo Heaney

An all time winner in the war against road rage - I can't drive without it.
An all time winnter in the war against road rage - I can't drive without it in the car. Calming, beautiful piano that takes you to the places you would really like to visit. My personal favourite piano album.

Paul Vallee

An Angel above her piano...
Perhaps like all of my greatest personal discoveries, my introduction to the music of Fiona Joy Hawkins was one of fortuitous accident. It turned out to be one of the most joyous musical discoveries of my life.
To approach any music as a listener, or to consider writing an opinion that others would read in my view requires tastes and disciplines that include all important genres of music, from the great composers of the classical era through rock, pop, and contemporary classical (New Age).
My first experience of New Age music in contemporary piano form was that of George Winston and Michael Jones, who paved the way for innumerable other artists to follow. In my opinion, Fiona Joy Hawkins’ music greatly surpasses them and is highly recommendable work. If they are for music for dinner, then Fiona is music for dessert.
Inspired by a trip to Antarctica, an interwoven theme of the composition is that of the timeless wonder and awe of the isolation of nature, romance, melancholy, and at times exquisite joy.
Angel Above My Piano is composed of beautifully textured arrangements occasionally surrounded by strings in luxuriant yet uncomplicated melodies that Fiona seems to have a unique gift for developing beautifully as each track progresses. At times sparse and lonely like the Antarctic desert itself, at other times the music is rich and textural and expresses unbounded joy. The music is well arranged, pleasing to the passive listener, and deeply moving to the romantic of heart. At its least it is good, at its best it approaches musical brilliance, especially the 3 movements of “Opus for love”, which are truly some of the most beautifully romantic pieces of music I have ever heard.
I cannot help but think that Fiona was profoundly inspired and awed by her trip to the Antarctic, and like the works of all greatly inspired artists and composers, that awe was transformed from the ether into one of the most beautiful arrangements I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. This one is a keeper, going on the shelf next to Ray Lynch, 2002, and other greats of this genre.
When Fiona came back from her travels and translated her experience into music, there truly was- an Angel above her piano.

Kathy Parsons

Music To Dream To
“Angel Above My Piano” is Australian pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins’ follow-up to her 2005 chart-topping “Portrait of a Waterfall,” a finalist for the “best piano album” in the New Age Reporter’s 2005 Lifestyle Music Awards. Inspired by a cruise to Antarctica, love, and a drawing of an angel, the music is very visual and evocative. Hawkins is a visual artist as well as a composer/pianist, and her music is as colorful as her paintings. Most of the thirteen tracks are lightly orchestrated with keyboards, guitar, strings, and flute, creating a lovely, tranquil mood and “music to dream to.”

The CD opens with Antarctic Interludes, a group of three pieces inspired by an expedition cruise on the Orion. Both majestic and fragile, the music brings the wilderness and wildlife of the area to life. “Crystal Desert” utilizes minimal sound effects to enhance the feeling of a frozen wind and the stark, sparkling whiteness of the landscape. “Dance of the Penguins” has a constantly shifting rhythm that suggests a lack of grace and a playful demeanor - totally charming! “Flight of the Albatross” is one of my favorites. It describes the graceful flight of a bird gliding across the tips of the waves outside her window. Utterly peaceful and carefree, and utterly beautiful. The title track was inspired by a charcoal drawing that was done by a friend who was diagnosed with cancer. The drawing is of an angel that came to him in a dream, “who looks like someone you know but no-one you have ever met.” Opus for Love is a three-movement work created from the emotion Hawkins felt when her grandmother died. “Love In Winter” is about the journey that spans the winter of life. Poignant and reflective, it’s a very effective piece. “Love Forever” brings in graceful strings to convey the sadness of losing someone dear. “Love In Spring” is very interesting because the piano part is mostly sprightly and joyful while the strings are sad, demonstrating the mix of emotions that take over at a loved-ones passing. “Thinking of You (Australian Lullaby)” pairs a song composed by Hawkins’ father, Garry Heaney, with a melody she wrote about lost love, creating a tender and beautiful lullaby. The closing track is a reprise of “Love Forever” as a piano solo - a sweet farewell.