Ralph Zurmühle | Our Mother

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Our Mother

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. Being There
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2. The Wind At My Back
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3. Hymn
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4. Our Mother
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5. Our Mother (piano version)
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6. Horizon
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7. David And Me
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8. The Return
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9. A Melody
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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

An Absolute Must!
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!

Kathy Parsons

One of the Best of the Best!
I am just blown away by the quality of music that has been coming across my desk this year, and one of the best of the best is Ralph Zurmuhle’s masterpiece, “Our Mother.” An incredible pianist who understands the power of simplicity, Zurmuhle conveys a wide range of emotions in these nine tracks, allowing open spaces to be almost as expressive as the notes themselves. Most of the music is on the melancholy and introspective side, with some of it achingly beautiful. Although his music doesn’t sound like other artists’ music, I would put Ralph Zurmuhle in the same class of pianists as Michael Dulin, Robin Spielberg, David Lanz, and Michael Allen Harrison - artists who seem the most at home with their hands on a piano keyboard and who posses the playing skills to convey anything they wish to say in their music.

“Our Mother” begins with “Being There,” a gentle, graceful piece that is intimate and almost conversational. The quiet spaces between many of the notes resonate with feeling. If you aren’t hooked yet, try “The Wind At My Back,” which is lively, carefree, and one of my favorites. I love the spirit and dancelike quality of the piece. “Hymn” is more stately, but is also very prayerful, poignant, and deeply personal. There are two versions of the title track. One is digitally orchestrated and the second is solo piano - both are compellingly gorgeous. While I was in the listening process of reviewing this CD, “Our Mother” kept causing me to stop what I was doing and listen with full attention. The melody line is so simple, yet so powerful. The piano version segues from the end of the synth version, continuing the piece with a different voice. “Horizon” is absolutely hypnotic, and that Zurmuhle maintains a trancelike state for more than twenty minutes without becoming boring or repetitious says volumes about his artistry. The left hand plays a steady progression of three notes that rarely changes throughout the piece while the right hand tells the story, simply and directly, sometimes in the treble registers and sometimes crossed over into the bass. With the repetitious nature of this piece, I was amazed that it stayed fascinating over the nine times I listened to it. Don’t try to wake up to it, though! “David and Me” is also very spare and almost mournfully sad. At twelve minutes, it tells quite a story of great emotion and deep love. “The Return” is a lovely, elegant ballad that has a sweeping grace. The closing track is simply titled “A Melody.” This one reminds me a bit of David Lanz - thoughtful and fluid. What a great album!

A true work of art, I give “Our Mother” my highest recommendation.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Sus notas conocen la perfecta conjunción, capaces de narrar sin palabras una his
El tercer álbum del pianista suizo Ralph Zurmühle ha supuesto una más que agradable sorpresa para los sentidos. Our Mother es un trabajo inspirado y dedicado a la madre Tierra, donde un solitario instrumento es capaz de ofrecer voz a los momentos de la vida. Zurmühle es un compositor increíble y un visionario de la música; su piano es pura emoción, sus notas conocen la perfecta conjunción, capaces de narrar sin palabras una historia.

Más de ocho minutos de intensa introspección. “Being There” desde su comienzo invita a cerrar los ojos, soñar y realizar un viaje lánguido, sin rumbo, adentrándose en los más profundos sentimientos que nos invaden. Nuestros miedos y nuestras debilidades brotan a la luz con la escucha de este tema.

Sin abandonar el viaje que comenzó en “Being There”, “The Wind At My Back” se apoya en el rápido toque de notas para infundir arrojo y sufrimiento. Hermosa pieza, representante de un solitario e íntimo desconsuelo.

Aunque se hace difícil poder elegir la mejor entre las nueve piezas que componen el álbum, podría elegir “Hymn” como una de mis preferidas. Al igual que la pieza que abría el álbum, esta es profunda, rotunda en su mensaje y con un toque romántico. Zurmühle se aprovecha de las notas más bajas del piano para infundir un fuerte sentimiento. Sorprendente…

Una sorpresa incluida en Our Mother es el track que da título al álbum, pero arreglado para sintetizador y piano. La única pieza donde aparece un instrumento diferente al piano, esta es la composición perfecta para soñar y dejarse llevar. La suavidad, la delicadeza y el fluir de la melodía hacen que este tema eleve el alma a lo más alto. Soñar, soñar, soñar…

Como un reprise del tema anterior, Zurmühle nos regala Our Mother para piano solo. Es increíble como la misma pieza, con las mismas notas y el mismo tempo, sugiere emociones tan dispares, variando tan sólo el instrumento. Sin palabras…

Con un comienzo muy clásico se presenta “Horizon”, la pieza más profunda de todo el álbum. Con una melodía abatida y la sencillez como identidad, Zurmühle consigue profundizar en nuestras emociones, mostrándonos con sutiles toques las debilidades que nos invaden.

“David And Me” es el tema que sigue a “Horizon”, nuevamente una composición reflexiva y perfecta para indagar en nuestro interior. Sobran las palabras, sólo hay que escuchar con atención.

Otra de las grandes es “The Return”. Más apasionada que las pistas anteriores, Ralph compone una de las melodías más bellas del álbum, donde el vaivén de la música y los cambios inesperados realzan la belleza de la composición. “The Return” es fantástica, multitud de melodías encerradas en una misma pieza, pero tocada con una ternura y una técnica sobrehumana. Chapeau Maestro Zurmühle!.

La pieza que cierra Our Mother es “A Melody”, una música encantadora, contraste de todas las anteriores. La música es cálida, dejando atrás los momentos de reflexión para disfrutar de la belleza que contemplan nuestros sentidos. De nuevo, el Maestro Zurmühle vuelve a encontrar las notas perfectas, pero esta vez, en una composición llena de afecto y sensibilidad.


Our Mother fusiona notas increíbles para ofrecer voz a momentos silenciosos, donde los sentimientos hablan por sí solos y sin necesidad de acudir a la palabra, donde la visión del momento junto al sonido del piano es suficiente para transmitir fortísimas emociones. Our Mother contiene tan sólo nueve composiciones, las suficientes para vestir cualquier momento de la vida. Our Mother es un álbum muy altamente recomendable.

reviewsnewage.com
21/05/12

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...!

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.

Ariel

Transcendental
Definitely the ambience you need for calming, studying, reflecting. Heavenly tonality, supreme piano skills.