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The Best of Reviews New Age: The Piano

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The album "The Best of Reviews New Age: The Piano" with some of the best contemporary pianists at the moment is now available in all major stores!. (Mastered by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven, designed by Matt Strieby at New Leaf Design, and produced by Alejandro Clavijo at Reviews New Age)
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1. Maine Morning Doug Hammer
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2. Kim's Song Rocky Fretz
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3. The Train Ralph Zurmühle
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4. Set On a Hill Chad Lawson
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5. Beyond Matthew Mayer
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6. A Vision in White David Nevue
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7. Rise and Shine Joe Bongiorno
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8. Lamentations of the Heart Philip Wesley
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9. Luceros Mario López Santos
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10. Sir George (Liverpool Farewell) David Lanz
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11. Natalie's Song Wayne Gratz
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12. Perseverance Michele McLaughlin
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13. Masterpeace Joseph Akins
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14. Night Games Lisa Downing
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15. Ascent Peter Kater
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16. I Always Will Danny Wright
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17. Indicios Julio Mazziotti
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
- "BEST SOLO PIANO ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2012" by NewAgeMusicWorld.com
- "BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2012" by MainlyPiano.com
- "BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2012" by NewAgeMusicWorld.com
- "2012 BEST SOLO PIANO COMPILATION ALBUM" by SoloPiano.com

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01 - Maine Morning by Doug Hammer, from the album"Travels" (2011)
02 - Kim's Song by Rocky Fretz, from the album "The Gathering" (2012)
03 - The Train by Ralph Zurmühle, from the album "Communion" (2002)
04 - Set On a Hill by Chad Lawson, from the album"Set on a Hill" (2009)
05 - Beyond by Matthew Mayer, from the album "Beyond" (2003)
06 - A Vision in White by David Nevue, from the album "A Delicate Joy" (2011)
07 - Rise and Shine by Joe Bongiorno, from the album "Into the Wind" (2011)
08 - Lamentations of the Heart by Philip Wesley, from the album "Heart to Hands: A Solo Piano Retrospective 2002-2012" (2012)
09 - Luceros by Mario López Santos, from the album "Periplos" (2004)
10 - Sir George (Liverpool Farewell) by David Lanz, from the album "Here Comes the Sun" (2012)
11 - Natalie's Song by Wayne Gratz, from the album "Two Views" (2009)
12 - Perseverance by Michele McLaughlin, from the album "Out of the Darkness" (2010)
13 - Masterpeace by Joseph Akins, from the album "Masterpeace" (2007)
14 - Night Games by Lisa Downing, from the album "A Delicate Balance" (2009)
15 - Ascent by Peter Kater, from the album "Piano" (2003)
16 - I Always Will by Danny Wright, unreleased (2012)
17 - Indicios by Julio Mazziotti, from the album "El Amo de las Hadas" (2011)


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shaima_dounia

spectacular
it's really spectacular deserve it all the Praise j'adore

Jose

Regálalo y acertarás
Si eres de los que suele regalar música pero siempre te queda la duda de si acertarás con la música adecuada, con este trabajo no fallarás.Tanto si eres una persona que se acerca por primera vez a la música instrumental como si eres un apasianado de este género, disfrutarás mucho escuchándolo. Es como el buen vino, que se adapta a todo tipo de paladares y entra muy bien.

Gracias a la cuidada selección de temas escogidos y al orden elegido harán que a medida que lo escuchas te sientas transportado por las emociones que provoca.

Melodías evocadoras y tranquilas se van entremezclando con otras más intensas de modo que, cuando te quieres dar cuenta, el trabajo se ha acabado y ya estás volviéndolo a escuchar porque te quedas con ganas de más.

Piano-Heaven

Outstanding Compilation CD
There was once a time not so long ago, that piano compilation albums from the genre were in plentiful supply. However, with the golden days of Narada and Windham Hill behind us, such products have been few and far between of late. It is not that there are fewer pianists or releases (far from it- the internet and digital age have opened up a window of opportunity for thousands of musicians)- rather, it is the lack of a central organisation or figure to co-ordinate the cream of the music and produce a compilation.
So, step forward Alejandro Clavijo, founder and reviewer of the much-respected 'Reviews New Age' website based in Spain. A lover of the genre, Alejandro has done what I have only dreamed of doing- selecting his top piano tracks from recent years and producing an album of very high quality.
Studying the playlist for this wonderful album, it is not surprising at all that it has found its way onto Piano-Heaven. Seventeen artists contribute a track each (including a new release from Danny Wright), making for over 73 minutes' worth of essential listening. The artists themselves are a mixture of seasoned campaigners who contributed to the success of the big-name New-Age record labels of the eighties and nineties (Wayne Gratz, David Lanz, Peter Kater etc), combining seamlessly with newer but very successful figures in the world of contemporary piano music, such as Michele McClaughlin and Chad Lawson. The end product is an album which showcases some of the finest music in the genre.
Doug Hammer's 'Maine Morning' opens the CD. The piece in question was written many years before, and captures the amazing start to the day in the New England countryside. It is a jolly, 'feel-good' affair, and clearly this part of the world is dear to the composer's heart.
Next up is Rocky Fretz, whose composition 'Kim's Song' is taken from his 2012 album, 'The Gathering'. The piece develops beautifully, with an appealing melody throughout. I've even been watching Rocky teaching pianists how to play the piece on You Tube!
Oh how I love 'The Train' by Ralph Zurmühle from his 2002 album 'Communion'. There is such energy in the piece, and the listener can almost feel the steam engine coming through the speakers as it gathers momentum. There are quieter moments too- perhaps the train is chugging along past summer fields at a leisurely pace. This is the sort of piece that fans of Philp Aaberg would very much enjoy.
The highly talented Chad Lawson has a distinct style, and his contribution 'Set On a Hill' from the album of the same name is very melodic and appealing to the listener's ear. It is one of my favourite tracks from the album that first brought him to my attention. I love it, and I am confident many listeners will agree.
'Beyond' is the next track, and this is composed by the gifted Matthew Mayer, and taken from his album of the same name. Matthew is a stalwart of the genre, and the biggest compliment I can pay him is that, even though the track was written in 2003, it would almost certainly have been picked up by one of the big New Age record labels had it been written a little earlier. It's a lovely piece.
The prolific David Nevue has a track entitled, 'A Vision in White' to serenade the listener as track six. It's as gentle and beautiful as they come, and is taken from his 2011 album, 'A Delicate Joy'. Perfect for spas or drifting into your own dream world...
'Rise and Shine' has a vibrant, buoyant opening- this is a lovely start to the day. It's a perfect morning, and this music is as happy and uplifting as the title would suggest. For the reader's interest, this album was mastered at Joe's renowned Piano Haven studios. This track is taken from his 2011 album, 'Into the Wind'.
The beautiful music keeps coming, and next up is Philip Wesley's 'Lamentations of the Heart' from the album 'Heart to Hands- A Solo Piano Retrospective 2002-2012'. Philip has a high reputation in musical circles, and from the evidence of this track, it is not difficult to hear why. This is a great selection, and yet another favourite in an album jam-packed with highlights!
'Luceros' has a different style from much of the CD. it's catchy and finger-tapping stuff! I wouldn't really say this was a relaxing piece, but it definitely has a certain charm to it. The track comes from the 2004 album, 'Periplos'.
David Lanz will be a familiar name to anyone who has had a passion for contemporary piano music over the years. His original release, 'Cristifori's Dream' on the Narada label certainly got the ball rolling, and since then he has sold over five million records across the world. Recently, David has been tinkering the ivories with his lovely interpretations of Beatles' classics. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to 'Sir George (Liverpool Farewell)' from the 2012 album 'Here Comes the Sun'. I'm also a massive fan of David's much earlier interpretation of 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.
And talking of well-established artists, step forward Wayne Gratz, another former Narada composer. In more recent years, Wayne has released several CDs through his own label. There can be no more poignant composition on the album than this track, entitled, 'Natalie's Song', which was written by Wayne at the request of Natalie's family who had lost their beloved three year old daughter as a victim of child abuse. It's a beautiful and touching composition and, as the linear notes state, "Through this song, Natalie's memory lives on."
I remember being blown away listening to Michele McLaughlin's deeply auto-biographical Piano-Heaven award-winning album 'Out of the Darkness', and the next track, 'Perseverance' is taken from this wonderful album. Her CD features a series of highs and lows following the break-up of her marriage, This track typifies the melodic appeal of the CD, but this compilation could honestly have featured any track from this memorable album.
'Masterpeace' by Joseph Akins is aptly named and is taken from his 2007 album of the same name. The track is very melodic from start to finish, and is perfect relaxation music. I love it, and would like to hear more of Joseph's music as he clearly has a special talent.
Lisa Downing's 'Night Games' has been new to me, and Lisa plays with a sense of fun. There's a touch of mischievousness in her piano-playing, and the track is uplifting and very appealing. Fans of Liz Story are sure to welcome Lisa's great contribution to this outstanding album.
There are two Peter Kater compositions which over the years have become absolute favourites of mine. Here is one such track- 'Ascent' from the 2003 album 'Piano'. Fans of Michael Gettel's solo piano work (particularly 'San Juan Suite') will adore this piece. Lots of energy here, and the listener is in for a real treat. My other favourite composition of Peter's is 'Wind' from a recently released CD entitled "Wind, Rock, Sea & Flame Aloha Au Ia 'Oe".
A special treat for listeners comes in the form of Danny Wright's contribution as it is written specially for this album. 'I Always Will' is romantic, uplifting and very beautiful. Danny has sold over six million albums, and his most popular composition is perhaps 'Time Windows'. His enormous fan-base will not be disappointed with his exclusive composition for this CD.
This wonderful album closes with 'Indicios' by Julio Mazziotti, from the album 'El Amo de kas Hadas' (2011). I have to be honest here and say that I had never heard of this Argentinean composer before, so thank you Alejandro for introducing me to this very talented pianist. Far from being a gentle slow-burner to end the album, this is up-tempo, and a lot of fun to listen to and no doubt play.
Seventeen fantastic tracks on one album featuring seventeen stellar artists- all of whom are leaders in their field. You cannot really go wrong with an album like this; it is of extremely high quality from start to finish. Even the presentation of the album is top-notch, with a serene cover and a fascinating linear booklet providing details of the tracks and the performers.
Congratulations to the artists on this stunning album. Through Alejandro, the Narada and Windham Hill legacy lives on. I give this CD my highest recommendation.

Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Reviews New Age is highly popular website from Spain that features album reviews, news, biographies, competitions, and concerts. The maestro behind this informative and entertaining enterprise is fellow music reviewer Alejandro Clavijo, who is an accomplished pianist as well. On this compilation, Alejandro has brought together a number of his favorite pianists, 17 in all, highlighting what are in his opinion, some of their best compositions. The array of artists featured on the album is international and they exquisitely articulate the many moods and motifs a musician is capable of conveying on the grand piano. The CD is a gracious 71 minutes in length and makes for a superb sampler of keyboard mastery. The music was mastered by Joe Bongiorno, who is also a featured pianist on the CD with a heartening composition entitled “Rise And Shine.”


Though all of the musicians are united as kindred spirits by their choice of instrument, the stylistic and thematic diversity on the album is expressed with great personal style and individuality. Some are delicate romantic pieces such as “A Vision In White” by David Nevue, Danny Wright’s “I Always Will,” “Kim’s Song” by Rocky Fretz, “Masterpeace” by Joseph Akins, and “Lamentations Of The Heart” by Phillip Wesley. While others exude a bit more fire and forward motion like the album’s opening track, “Maine Morning” by Doug Hammer, Matthew Mayer’s “Beyond,” “Perseverance” by Michele McLaughlin, Lisa Downing’s “Night Games,” and “Ascent” by Peter Kater, which as the title implies, builds momentum as it evolves. Many of the compositions have a cinematic quality that would work well in a soundtrack, such as “Natalie’s Song” by Wayne Gratz, Joe Bongiorno’s “Rise And Shine,” “Set On A Hill” by Chad Lawson, “The Train” by Ralph Zurmuhle, and the elegant intensity of Mario Lopez Santos on “Luceros,” and Julio Mazziotti on “Indicio.”

A nicely produced video provides a taste of the album and can be seen at this link: http://youtu.be/F8UROGH-dYY. For music lovers who find reward in the sundry sounds of solo piano, a treasure trove awaits within the tracks of The Best Of Reviews New Age – The Piano.

To read a full length review of this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

John P. Olsen / Review Publicist

Review from NewAgeMusicWorld.com
The Piano – Best Solo Piano Compilation Album in 2012, featuring 17 songs by 17 artists, from Reviews New Age, Alejandro Clavijo.
If you love solo piano music, new album The Piano is likely to be one of the very best new releases in the new age solo piano/instrumental category in 2012. This exclusive piano music collection of 17 top-quality songs by 17 great artists is a brand new compilation album produced by Reviews New Age founding editor and blog host Alejandro Clavijo from Spain.
Many may already be familiar with Alejandro if you have visited his Reviews New Age site, and there is another reason you might recognize the name since Alejandro’s brother is the award-winning guitarist and recording artist David Clavijo.
The Best of Reviews New Age: The Piano by Various artists is the title given to this new 2012 album. The 17 songs are the best song selections from 17 of today’s top contemporary solo pianists. Many artists are top ranked pianists, while other artists are equitably well-known names in the new age music industry.
If you are in any way familiar with artists in the solo piano category, you should be able to recognize most pianists on this compilation album that spans well over an hour in duration. Although I no longer review solo piano music, there are several artists I have featured at this site over the years by way of their piano and instrumental albums.
The Best of Reviews New Age: The Piano is already getting a lot of press simply because a comprehensive collection of the best piano songs by some of today’s best artists is by all accounts, highly desirable.
If you love solo piano music this new compilation album by Reviews New Age, is a release is certainly worthy of your time and money. Even for persons less familiar with the specialized solo piano category of music and want an introductory album, I ask you; why not begin with the best! Read original article at NewAgeMusicWorld.com.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"The Best of Reviews New Age: The Piano" is the first compilation album from this most impressive Spanish website, founded by music critic Alejandro Clavijo, a great guy whose passion for music and musicians is extraordinary - as is this album. The seventeen tracks represent some of the best piano artists in the so-called new age music genre, and while the majority of the artists are American, Spain and Argentina are also represented. Most of the music comes from albums that were released in the last five years, but there are a few tracks that go back as far as 2002. Joe Bongiorno mastered the album in his Piano Haven Studios, giving the tracks a consistent sound despite the variety of pianos on the original recordings. The CD includes an eight-page booklet that has photos and short bios of all of the artists, making this a really nice package. And yes, the liner notes are in English - at least the American release is.

All of the tracks are solo piano, and there is a variety of playing styles, with some of the tracks upbeat and others more subdued. The mood is consistent enough for a warm, rich background for other activities, but this album is much better suited for listening to closely and letting the music transport you to a beautiful and relaxing place.

The line-up of artists includes some of the longtime mainstays of new age piano - David Lanz, Wayne Gratz, David Nevue, Peter Kater, and Danny Wright - but the music of the artists who are not as well-known (yet) is just as strong and substantial, making this a great album for sampling the music of pianist/composers you might not be as familiar with and possibly discovering some new favorites. The other artists included on the album are Chad Lawson, Ralph Zurmuhle, Philip Wesley, Doug Hammer, Lisa Downing, Julio Mazziotti, Joseph Akins, Joe Bongiorno, Michele McLaughlin, Mario Lopez Santos, Matthew Mayer, and Rocky Fretz, all excellent pianist/composers that I’ve been reviewing for quite some time, and my hope is that this wonderful international release will bring them all new fans from around the world.

"The Best of Reviews New Age: The Piano" is a delight from start to finish - not a weak track among the seventeen!I It’s sure to be on many “best of” lists for 2012, including my own. It is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. I give it my highest recommendation.

Kathryn Toyama

Solo Piano Treasures
It is with great joy and respect that I write about this most inspiring compilation produced by Alejandro Clavijo who is the impressive force behind Reviews New Age and also a talented pianist himself. This extraordinary production embraces the unity of beautiful artistic souls, many of whom have personally touched my life through the wonders of online connections. So this album holds a special place in my heart, but anyone who loves piano music will be moved by the vast presentation of talent and beauty gathered here. I highly recommend this CD and also Alejandro's wonderful website - http://www.reviewsnewage.com/

Javier

The perfect gift
A great buy! If I were you, I would buy this album now. It's a perfect gift for you and your friends! It's just amazing! These are the best piano pieces I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. I can't believe how good this album is. In fact, I didn't like piano music before, but now it's undoubtedly my favourite solo instrument!!

In addition to the elegant design, the music also carries a strong intrinsic value, because of the amazing selection, which worth far more than the price of the CD. So, give every song its chance, and listen to it well. I bought it several months ago, and I still love it as much now as I did the first time. This album is magic.

Finally, as I've said before, if I were you, I would buy this album immediately. If you don't, you'll never know what you're missing!!!