Ralph Zurmühle | Between

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Between

by Ralph Zurmühle

"After Keith Jarrett and George Winston, the solo piano album remains an elusive undertaking. Ralph Zurmühle is one of those rare artists, who does it sublimely well. Listen and you will find yourself in the hands of a master." Stephen Hill, HoS Radio
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. The Beacon
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2. Farewell
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3. I'll Find You There
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4. Prayer in the Night
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5. Indian Child
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6. The Goddess in My Dream
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7. Leaving Home
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8. An Improvisation For La Plana
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9. The Queen and the King Dancing
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10. My Pal Watson
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11. Lullaby For My Soul
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12. The Beacon (reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"As it is with great music, Zurmühle’s music creates silence. We are left in silence, silence opens around us. And within this vast desert, a journey begins, a journey of adventure and discovery, but also a journey of return." (Andrés Ibáñez, classical music critic of ABC, Madrid, 2012)

Ralph's CDs, composed mostly for piano, have been met with international critical acclaim. Compositions from these CDs have been featured in films, multi-media projects, stage performances etc., both in the U.S. and in Europe.


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Deeon

Excellent!!
Ralph Zurmuhle’s music is refined and sophisticated. His music is a tender expression of deeply meaningful moments of life; reflections of a sensitive, gentle spirit. His music creates peace, wonderment, and personal contemplation. Highest recommendation!

Patricia

Exquisite...!
This is some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. When one of Ralph's pieces comes on the air (I listen to Whisperings Solo Piano), I drop what I'm doing and simply listen. ...because this is solo piano at its best. I have listened over and over to all three of Ralph's CDs (more coming I hope!), each of them is an absolute gem...cannot reccomend these highly enough (need more stars! :))

This is pure, focused music...Ralph knows how to embrace stillness; every note is perfectly and consciously placed. As a result something deep inside inevitably responds. I find it transformative and transcendent. Can't think of a higher compliment than that! Thank you Ralph, I wish the whole world could sit down and have a listen...!

Kathy Parsons

Amazing!
“Between” is the first of three solo piano albums released by Ralph Zurmuhle since 2000. Swiss-born and classically-trained from a young age, Zurmuhle possesses the playing skills to do whatever he wants at the keyboard, but generally prefers to keep it simple and deeply emotional - often much more difficult to do well than playing a flurry of notes for the sake of bravado. Most of the music is on the melancholy and contemplative side, creating a sonic environment for relaxation, thought, or just losing yourself in. I have only recently discovered the music of Ralph Zurmuhle, and that discovery has been one of the high points in an exceptionally good year for contemporary instrumental music.

“Between” begins with a short prelude called “The Beacon” that sets a tone of quiet mystery - an intriguing opening that piques the interest. “Farewell” is an 8 1/2 minute piece that wears its heart on its sleeve. Some of the melody is played in the bass of the piano, giving an achingly beautiful effect similar to a cello. “I’ll Find You There” is an elegant and graceful musical promise that speaks gently but carries a lot of meaning. “Prayer In the Night” is one of my favorites. The repetitive bass line sets a consistent rhythm for the more improvised right hand and also creates an intense mood. This is one incredibly gorgeous piece. The mood lightens to almost playful in “Indian Child.” “The Goddess In My Dream” is a bit more classically-structured, yet is wistful in watercolor shades of color and delicacy. “Leaving Home” has the mixed emotions of a big step in life - anticipation and excitement intertwined with fear of the unknown. “An Improvisation For La Plana” is exquisite. A 13-minute improvisation, it is leisurely in pace but packed with passion. Very spare and uncluttered, this is music that comes from a place deep inside where only truths are spoken. When I hear something like this, I’m reminded of the stark difference between music that is assembled as “product” and when it is truly a work of art. “Lullaby For My Soul” is a bittersweet and oh so gentle little song that is at peace with the world - at least for now.

Ralph Zurmuhle is a real find! Very highly recommended!

Sophie C

beautiful...
I first heard Ralph's music on Whisperings (Live365) and everytime one of his pieces was played, I would come to the computer to see who on earth the composer was! It kept turning out to be Ralph Zurmuhle. I just fell in love with his music! Pure, pristine...elegant. I concur with the other reviewers here and whole-heartedly recommend any of his albums. All of them are simply beautiful.

These pieces are wonderfully mature and seem to me full of awareness, and spiritual impulse. After one of his compositions comes to an end, I consistently find that I am left sitting in a place of quiet, inner stillness. Balance is everything and I think perhaps one thing I find so appealing (besides the elegance of the melodic lines) is Ralph's intuitive balancing of the right notes (in the right place!) with the requisite, echoing silence to create a perfect alchemy. ahhh! beautiful! It is wonderful to have these deep breaths written into the fabric of the notes.

I seldom write reviews, and when I do, it is because I find something to be particularly special.
Hope this review will encourage anyone to listen to, and collect, the music of this artist.
Sophie C.

Juanan

A masterpiece made with a piano
I first heard this album back on 2003. It was back in a yoga pratcice class and I was completely astonished by the power and the beauty that it had and the feelings it evoked on me. After the class I had to ask the teacher to make a copy of the album to me. Since then, I have listened to this album hundreds of times. It has something; let's call it a special language on it's own that "speaks to your soul".
I really love all the songs this album has and I find hard to reccomend one of the songs over the others; But while the album is somehow calmed and composed, the track 5, Indian Child has something very lively, when you listen to it you feel like dancing, like moving... like living!

A very good album from a genius composer who only has 3 albums so far: "Between" (this one), "Communion" and "Our mother".
About the other 3, I will post another review when listened propperly (since I just got them)

Absolutely a not to miss album, get it!