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Timeless II

by Michael Dulin

Timeless II - eleven unique and original arrangements of favorite classical melodies by master pianist Michael Dulin. If you want music that will suspend you in time and take your breath away, you will love Timeless II.
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1. Partita
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2. Moonlight Sonata
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3. Andante
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4. Alone
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5. Nocturne in E-flat
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6. Sicilian Song
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7. Elle et Lui
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8. Etude in E Major
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9. The Swan
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10. Without a Word
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Michael Dulin is a native of Brookside, Alabama. From the age of two, it was apparent that he had an exceptional gift for music. After attending Alabama School of Fine Arts, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Birmingham-Southern College, where he was twice awarded the Alys Robinson Stephens Piano Prize. He completed his musical studies at The Juilliard School in New York, working with master teacher and concert pianist Adele Marcus.

He was a finalist in the Carnegie Hall International Piano Competition, and was awarded the Silver Medal in the Second Annual International Audio-Video Competition in New York. In addition to performing his original music throughout the United States, Michael appears both solo and with orchestra in performances of classical music. He has also toured as keyboardist with the legendary Motown group, the Temptations.

Michael’s albums of original music have twice been awarded the prestigious Lifestyle Music Award. Three of his albums have reached the #1 spot on NAR World Airplay Charts. His music has been licensed for release in South America, Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

Dulin and business partner Daniel Whiteside own and operate PSI Studios, a digital recording facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael is president of Equity Digital and Equity Digital Music. In addition to being an award-winning composer of music for radio, television, theater and film, he is in demand as session musician and producer.

Michael Dulin is a Christian, and is happily married to the woman of his dreams, with whom he shares a spoiled chocolate Lab named Riley. His hobbies are languages, hiking, travel, and tennis.

Please check out Michael Dulin's website, www.michaeldulin.com, where you can listen to music, purchase CDs, sheet music and MP3s, as well as sign up for Michael's mailing list and learn about concerts and new releases. Become a fan on Facebook.




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Michael Diamond

From Music and Media Focus
While firmly rooted in the classical genre, Michael draws sparingly from new age music, and his resume even includes a stint as a touring keyboardist for the legendary Motown group, The Temptations. However, the source of his creative inspiration is evident in his extensive discography as well as on this album. “Timeless ll” finds Michael interpreting the works of such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Saint- Saens. I use the word “interpret” because rather than play these famous works exactly as they were composed he has chosen to add a slightly more contemporary air to the arrangements, although with obvious deep reverence and respect for the original.

While grand piano is the primary and prevailing voice on this recording, light touches of strings, organ, and other non-piano sounds enhance the music in a supporting role. In this stunning follow up to his original “Timeless” CD, Michael Dulin provides the listener with one virtuoso performance after another evoking a wide range of emotional response as the music unfolds. . I’m certain we’ll be hearing a lot more from this talented artist in the years to come.

For a full length review of this CD and others, please visit Music and Media Focus at: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com/blog

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Las manos de Dulin han sido besadas por Dios.
Dulin es uno de los grandes y premiados pianistas New Age que pueden ser escuchados en radios como Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio y es, posiblemente, uno de los pianistas con la técnica más extraordinaria que jamás podrá escuchar. La destreza que poseen sus manos le ha llevado a embarcarse en diferentes géneros musicales, entre los que se destaca el New Age, publicando una gran selección de buena música para solo piano, con melodías difíciles de olvidar una vez son escuchadas. Esta facilidad a la hora de enfrentarse al piano le permite abordar piezas clásicas que exigen una técnica única y así lo demuestra con su última publicación, Timeless II, la continuación de su celebre álbum Timeless y que recoge una amplia serie de composiciones clásicas de Chopin, Bach o Beethoven, a las que el pianista le ofrece su particular toque, arreglos de cuerdas y vientos que le acompañan para que cada obra sea única a oídos del oyente.

Escuchar "Partita" es deleitarse, la pieza que abre este álbum. Esta obra de Bach recobra vida en manos de Dulin, elevando las notas a lo más alto con las dos melodías que el artista arranca del piano, mano izquierda y derecha mantienen un fantástico juego mientras un delicado fondo de cuerdas les acompaña. Una de mis preferidas!.

La archiconocida "Moonlight Sonata" de Beethoven no podía faltar en un álbum como este. Toque de misterio en una música reservada y melancólica que guarda una de las melodías más hermosas del género clásico. Michael no modifica las notas del piano, pero en cambio, le añade unos sintetizadores a la triste música, muy suaves, casi imperceptibles, que le acercan al New Age con sutileza.

Qué fantástico baile dibuja el "Andante" de Rachmaninoff (Andante Cantabile). El vaivén marcado por la mano derecha recrea una dulce danza, mientras la izquierda golpea acordes imposibles; una unión que origina en una música cariñosa, apasionada. Me gusta!.

Un rápido descenso desde la escala más alta crea una entrada sorprendente para una pieza fascinante. En la adaptación que Michael hace del "Alone" de Chopin se diferencian dos fragmentos; un primero de solo de piano enfurecido con reiterados golpes de acordes y un segundo fragmento muy triste, resaltado por un arreglo de cuerdas que interpreta un dolorido lamento.

Entrañable y conmovedora es la obra "Nocturne in E-flat", otra de las grandes en este álbum. Dulin interpreta con gracia y sumo cuidado esta pieza de Frederic Chopin, eclipsando por completo con sus manos el fondo musical de acompañamiento. Una obra maestra en las que en ocasiones, parece que el propio pianista se alza para rasgar directamente en las cuerdas del piano. Otra de mis favoritas!.

Poderosa es "Sicilian Song", una adaptación que el artista hace de "Siciliano" de JS Bach (BWV 1031), donde el arreglo orquestal es prodigioso. La alianza entre piano y cuerdas es tan perfecta que no deja posibilidad a la distracción, cautivando al oyente de principio a fin. Qué maravilla. Otra de mis preferidas!.

En "Elle et Lui" Dulin hace alarde de una magistral interpretación. Dulce composición al principio, violentas notas después, así es esta obra de Chopin, escrita en su relación con Musset. Michael recorre el piano en los momentos más enérgicos y cambia con una ternura indescriptible las notas de su melodía para regresar al apacible comienzo. Otra fantástica pieza!.

"Etude in E Major" es otra obra donde Michael muestra sus dotes al piano. Por primera vez los arreglos musicales de fondo son suprimidos y con acierto añadiría. Toda la atención del oyente debe ir centrada a las manos de Dulin, quien doblega el piano a su antojo, recorriendo sus escalas con una soltura asombrosa en una pieza realmente difícil. Otra de mis preferidas!.

"The Swan" es una risueña composición de Charles Camille Saint Saens, compositor francés. Aunque no dispone de una complejidad equiparable a las piezas anteriores, esta es una de las más bellas de todo el CD, superándose a sí misma cuando surge el chelo de acompañamiento, lo que hace que esta sea una pieza emocionante, colmada de sentimientos. Sin palabras...

"Without a Word" es una pequeña variación del "Vocalise" de Rachmaninoff. Una composición agridulce, donde la melodía presenta diferentes matices, conmovedora en algunos instantes, herida en otros, pero manteniendo una música continua, carente de pausas.

El final lo rubrica Chopin con su Concierto para Piano No.1 (Op.11 E Minor 2nd Mvt), "Romanza". Una serena obra donde cobran protagonismo el arreglo orquestal y los diferentes instrumentos solistas que acompañan al piano de Michael en algunos instantes del movimiento. Un encantador y extenso final para cerrar Timeless II.


Timeless II es la segunda entrega de la serie Timeless por el compositor y pianista Michael Dulin, una serie de álbumes que esperamos que formen una extensa colección en el futuro, manteniendo vivos a los grandes del género clásico en manos de uno de los grandes pianistas contemporáneos. Timeless II es un álbum excepcional, de los pocos que he escuchado que son aptos para ser escuchados mientras se disfruta de un buen libro, o simplemente, disfrutar de una profunda escucha esgrimiendo cada nota que el Maestro Dulin arranca del piano. Sin duda, las manos de Dulin han sido besadas por Dios. Timeless II es un álbum muy recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
02/03/11

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Pianist Michael Dulin’s follow-up to his CD Timeless features more covers of classical works, and as the title suggests, both the original pieces themselves and Dulin’s arrangements of them are timeless indeed.

Dulin primarily focuses on the compositions of Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and especially Chopin, whose work dominates the album. Obviously, the tunes are beautiful. These composers are not considered great for nothing. One really can’t go wrong working with such high-class material. The only place to go is up, so artists can only do it one of two ways: either play it straight, or add a unique voice to it.

And Dulin certainly brings his own twist to the pieces. While Dulin’s piano playing itself pretty much sticks to the basics, Dulin embellishes it with orchestral sounds such as violin and cello (nothing new to classical music). However, Dulin really takes it up a notch by augmenting his piano melodies and harmonies with electronic synthesizer tones that add a veneer of eeriness and intrigue to the proceedings, giving the compositions a melancholic, darkly appealing edge.

As a result, Dulin’s treatment of these works takes them into New Age territory, which should make the album appealing to more than just purist fans of strictly classical music.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Timeless II" is the anxiously-awaited follow-up to Michael Dulin’s award-winning 2004 release "Timeless." Dulin has chosen eleven classical pieces and arranged them for a more contemporary audience. Some of the pieces are played as written, while most have added instrumentation to intensify the fundamental meaning of the originals. Dulin is a multi-faceted musician with very deep classical roots who has studied these composers in depth and knows the music intimately. There have been many attempts by various artists to update the classics, but few come from such a knowledgable place as Dulin, and even fewer have his artistic integrity and complete mastery of the piano. Even those who wrinkle their noses at the mention of classical music will find something to love on "Timeless II," and purists who feel that the classics should never be tampered with will appreciate Dulin’s “timeless” arrangements as well as his elegant piano touch.

“Partita” begins the album. Based on the first movement of JS Bach’s B-flat Partita (BWV 825), considered to be among Bach’s most challenging keyboard works, Dulin handles it with ease. Strings were added for color and a silky contrast to the more percussive piano - a great start!

Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” is one of the most popular piano pieces of all time. Dulin plays the piano as written with the addition of strings and a haunting organ part. Perfect in every way, Beethoven must be smiling down from heaven!

“Andante” is Rachmaninoff’s D Major Prelude (Op. 23 #4), written and performed as a piano solo. Reflective and full of longing, Dulin conveys deep emotion as he casts a spell with this stunning piece. Not as flashy as some of Rachmaninoff’s piano music, Dulin demonstrates how evocative “less is more” can be in the right hands.

“Alone” is nothing short of stunning. Based on Chopin’s “Prelude in E minor, Opus 28,” Dulin begins the piece with an introduction (a prelude to the “Prelude”!) that rapidly accelerates up the piano keyboard and then slowly comes back down, hinting at a crisis or emotional tragedy. He then plays the prelude as written, repeating it with strings playing the melody as he adds his own amazing touches and takes the music to an even darker place than Chopin did.

Dulin plays Chopin’s Nocturne in Eb Major (Op. 9, #2) with effortless grace, adding some light string washes.

“Sicilian Song” is an adaptation of “Siciliano” from JS Bach’s Flute Sonata #2 in Eb Major (BMV 1031). Although Dulin’s arrangement is very true to the piece’s Baroque traditions, adding strings and other orchestration to the piano gives it a more contemporary sound. Played slowly and soulfully, it is absolutely gorgeous!

“Elle et Lui” (literally “She and He”) is Dulin’s arrangement of Chopin’s F Major Nocturne (Op. 15, #1). The “Elle” theme begins and ends the nocturne, and is slow, graceful, and delicate. The second theme (“Lui”) is marked “con fuoco,” which means “with fire.” Changing from F Major to F Minor, it’s dark, stormy, and very fast. Dulin performs both themes to perfection, making the contrasting moods dramatic and colorful.

With chops that are the envy of every pianist I know, Dulin does Chopin proud with his performance of the Etude in E Major (Op. 10 #3). His effortless virtuosity allows each note to sing directly to the heart. Chopin is said to have claimed that this piece is the most personal piece he ever composed, remarking, "In all my life I have never again been able to find such a beautiful melody." Dulin makes it his own.

Saint-Saens’ “The Swan” from his The Carnival of the Animals is a favorite of pianists and music lovers of all ages. Dulin’s arrangement is mostly solo piano, but includes a gorgeous duet for cello and piano. Arrangements often have the left hand playing elaborate broken chord patterns, but Dulin has simplified the left hand to bring out the melody and to underscore the grace of a swan slowly gliding on a lake.

“Without A Word” is Dulin’s arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise.” The title is especially interesting because although the piece was originally composed for voice (soprano or tenor) and piano, it has no words. It is sung by using any one vowel of the singer’s choosing. Dulin’s solo piano arrangement is faithful to the original, but no, he doesn’t sing! This elegant version is breathtaking!

“Romanza” is the second movement of Chopin’s E Minor Concerto. By definition, a concerto is a piece composed for orchestra and a solo instrument, very often the piano. Dulin performs the orchestrations digitally and the piano to perfection. Slow, melodic, and dreamy, Dulin’s performance reminds me of why Chopin is one of my favorite composers.

It is with good reason that Michael Dulin is known as a pianist’s pianist. There seems to be no limit to what he can do at the piano, yet he makes it all look and sound easy. Fans of "Timeless" will be thrilled with "Timeless II." Classical music lovers will find this album to be a joy. If you are looking for a top-notch recording that is a little different, check it out! I give "Timeless II" my highest recommendation!