We cannot well express subconscious feelings, insights, déjà vu, clairvoyance and other mystical phenomena, by words. Music is another language. For the music in this album, a mystic is the main driving force, object and theme. This is a live music, simultaneously performed, under mystical influences and impressions, on several keyboards featuring the most advanced acoustic, classical and electronic instruments and sounds.
Track Descriptions & Programme
# Celestial Bodies and Constellations 3:53 -- Breathtaking feelings when looking into the beautiful and huge sky: pulsating stars, nebulae, clouds; reflections in the sea. Hearing sounds of a valley and church bells; thinking of the beautiful Universe.
# Christmas Tree Arrival 2:48 -- Children expect & then meet a sledge with Christmas Tree. Bells, noise & reindeer dancing
and playing on his hoofs, a simple carol performed with angelic voices, magical flute, twinkling bells.
# Underwater Treasure 7:00 -- Looking into deep water in the sea, where sparkles and reflections reveal an enigmatic and marvelous sunken treasure. Hearing church bells, crispy diamonds, female voices.
# Christmas Toys Fighting and Climbing up the Christmas Tree 5:44 -- This is a musical joke. Scary, small ballet-phantasmagoria, where sparkling Christmas Toys compete and fight for being perched on the most beautiful places on the Christmas Tree. It includes comic mobilization scenes, tread and horror of broken toys, beautiful kitsch-dance on the tree branches, and winning apotheosis of the perched figures.
# Arriving at Florence 4:31 -- Feelings of a guest of this beautiful town. Wandering about domes, hearing church bells and voices of angels. Admiring marvelous sculptures; thinking about Michelangelo and his time.
The suite contains 9 dramatic pieces for piano and chamber orchestra with virtuosic elements
depicting mystical scenes and feelings.
# 1st mvmt: Strange Elegy 4:38 -- Live, melodic and expressive piano-trumpet dialog with very elegant string orchestra development, which includes a "strange" virtuosic part with mystical expectations.
# 2nd mvmt: Unexpected Meeting 2:58 -- Unexpected romantic meeting with mystical reminiscences and déjà vu. Weird rhythms express the surprising discoveries.
# 3rd mvmt: Invitation 2:08 -- Feelings of being invited to participate in a mystical event, expressed by a calm and sweet piano & trumpet melody and intriguing rhythms of remote string orchestra.
# 4th mvmt: Sweet Dream 2:02 -- Very sweet and seductive oboe melody with solo flute, violin and orchestra development.
# 5th mvmt: In the Park 2:37 -- Calm and happy walking in a beautiful park. Observing regular life and expecting mystical events.
# 6th mvmt: Taste of Ambrosia 2:26 -- Breathtaking feelings of being introduced into a god's company by tasting the god's food. Sensing the flow of ambrosia into the limbs, mind and thoughts.
# 7th mvmt: Enchanted Forest 4:00 -- Observing a weird and dark world, where enchanted plants and inhabitants have natural and unnatural features. Ominous culmination.
# 8th mvmt: The Coven of Witches 3:48 -- Dance of weird friendly and unfriendly figures with ominous laughs expressed by virtuosic oboe passages-screams.
# 9th mvmt: Flying with Snowflakes 3:26 -- Feeling of a bird, flying and happily playing with its wings, among the sparkling snowflakes. Wing motions are expressed by virtuosic string orchestra passages.
# New Year Romance Scene 4:12 -- Beautiful romantic melody with vibrant pizzicato accompaniment, developed into a deep meditation combined with snow, sparkling New Year toys, bells, lush wind instruments and violins.
# New Year Sledge Race 0:56 -- Live and boisterous sledge race with sounds of the horses' hoofs expressed by string pizzicatos. # Passing Rome 5:34 -- Walking and admiring Pantheon, Vatican, Coliseum, ancient sculptures. Thinking of genius artists and architects and of crude Roman emperors and soldiers.
# Quiet Resentment 3:44 -- Feelings of a child not getting a beautiful toy. # Quiet Waves of Solaris 3:42 -- Slowly moving waves of a fantastic sea on Solaris.
# Attention 0:30 -- Fanfare & bells featured celebration sounds calling for immediate attention. # Small Fantastic Dance 2:12 -- Children are dancing, kidding and smiling.
# The City in the Night 4:53 -- A sax player enjoys the night roaming the city streets after a concert and some light alcohol.
Andrew Gleibman, is a composer, pianist-improviser and producer from Israel. His early music was influenced by Liszt, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Debussy. His latest music is close to post-romanticism and post-impressionism.