Lore Constantine | Piano Impressions

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Piano Impressions

by Lore Constantine

Piano Impressions is eclectic solo piano, and has been played by David Gans on his live CA show, Peter North of CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta (who calls the album 'terrific') and Chuck Elliot of WXPN, Philadelphia.
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1. Takes My Breath Away
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2. Willow Creek
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3. Mountains of the Moon
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4. One Winter's Night
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5. Yellow Moon
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6. Terrapin Station
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7. Love Gets in the Way
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8. Flute Blues (Or If Only I Was a Harmonica Player)
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9. A Morricone Moment
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10. Blue
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Lore Constantine has performed both piano and flute throughout the Mid-Atlantic region at a variety of venues, including music and arts festivals and universities, as well as weddings, receptions, and private parties. As a keyboardist, Lore has appeared in bands with Joe Frazier and Michael Averone in Atlantic City, New York City, and the Mohegan Sun Casino, CT. She teaches piano, flute and voice in her studio in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Lore has produced two contemporary albums, titled “Piano Impressions” and “Piano Expressions”, which include personal interpretations of music by Marian McPartland, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and New Orleans piano players, as well as original compositions. She has received radio airplay by David Gans on his live California radio show “Dead to the World”, Peter North on his show “Dead Ends and Detours” at CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Chuck Elliott on “Sleepy Hollow”, WXPN, Philadelphia, "Downtown Deb" Trist on "Dead Air", KLCC, Eugene, Oregon and is a member of XPN’s Musicians On Call program

Lore Constantine's album "Piano Impressions" is described by Kathy Parsons of mainlypiano.com as a "very promising debut"; "subtle at times and very big and boisterous at others, depending on the mood of the piece and the setting" (see full review below). Sirius radio host Michael Tearson calls the album "rounded and whole" and says "her playing commands attention which is richly rewarded".


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May Reisz

I love this CD!
This is a beautiful CD. Lore Constantine's handling of complex melodies and gentle harmonies combine to make this a CD you will return to again and again. I listen to it while I am working, as well as when I just want to sit quietly and listen to beautiful piano music. I am impressed with her original compositions, and would like to hear more recordings by her.

Kathy

Great Mix!
Lore Constantine’s debut CD, “Piano Impressions,” is a very eclectic mix of classic rock, jazz, and pop melodies, and a couple of original compositions. A pianist who has performed in venues from casinos and taverns to recital halls and restaurants, Constantine’s playing and arranging styles can be subtle at times and very big and boisterous at others, depending on the mood of the piece and the setting. Actually, I like her original pieces the best on this album, and perhaps she’ll treat us to a full album of her own compositions sometime in the future. The opening piece is “Takes My Breath Away,” a lovely ballad originally performed by Tuck and Patti. Constantine’s arrangement for solo piano is soulful and expressive. “Willow Creek” is another beauty, this one composed by Marian McPartland. Slow and graceful but complex harmonically, this is one of my favorites. Constantine arranged and recorded two of The Grateful Dead’s songs, “Mountains of the Moon” and “Terrapin Station.” I have never been a fan of The Dead’s music, so these two don’t do much for me. “One Winter’s Night” was composed for string ensemble and solo, but works beautifully on piano. Its delicate and gentle melody has a peaceful flow and lots of expression. The Neville Brothers’ “Yellow Moon” is another rocker with lots of heavy bass on the piano. “Love Gets in the Way” has the easy sway of a slow dance and a tender, romantic melody. “Flute Blues (or If Only I Was a Harmonica Player)” is one of the two originals. I love piano blues, and Constantine does an admirable job of translating her duet for flute and guitar to piano solo. Slinky and fun! The second Constantine original, “A Morricone Moment,” was inspired by the music in Clint Eastwood’s westerns. Another beautiful ballad, it shows Constantine’s quiet and more classical side. Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” is another favorite. Melancholy and bittersweet, this one really comes from the heart. “Stairway to Heaven,” the Led Zeppelin’s rock classic, begins rather plaintively and builds to full-tilt bravado by the end. I’ll bet this one gets their attention in the casinos! Lore Constantine’s debut is very promising. I’d love to hear more of her original work, but know that familiar music will bring her a bigger audience.

Doug Matthews

Lore Constantine Impressions
Lovely unaccompanied piano simply surrounds you with pleasure. You know some of the songs already, but it like hearing them for the first time. Beautiful.

Michael Tearson, Sirius radio host

A Gift of Melody
Lore Constantine has a gift for probing into melodies. Her Piano Impressions draws from wildly varied sources--Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, the Neville Brothers and Marian McPartland among others, yet the album feels rounded and whole. This is not ethereal wallpaper. Her playing commands attention which is richly rewarded.

Led Zeppelin, the Neville Brothers and Marian McPartland among others, yet
the album feels rounded and whole. This is not ethereal wallpaper. Her
playing commands attention which is richly rewarded.