PRESS REVIEWS: Exquisitely passionate and compassionate
"An exceptionally fine piano LP. Suzanne’s style is lyrical and poetic with lots of warmth. Alternately reflective, vibrant and passionate with life. Many of the pieces have a nostalgic atmosphere as if recalling good times long ago...crafted into little gems...The effect is that of looking through an old family photo album -- smiling, remembering, perhaps wiping away a tear, laughing and being thankful for every moment. A ten."
- Sally Idassway, Sound Choice Magazine, USA
"An album that deserves wide recognition. Human, exquisitely passionate and compassionate piano works, brim full of melody."
- Fortnightly College Radio Report, Rhode Island
"The best LP I've heard in a long time. A good helping of classical with a pinch of jazz and a dash of new age. Crystal clear piano solos that can easily become the background music for Life. Exquisite. Perfect for relaxation, meditation, reflection. Recommended."
- Kathy Rudy, Ladyslipper Music, North Carolina
“Soothing...Pensive...Lighthearted...Offbeat...Haunting. Soothing music a person can enjoy while in a pensive mood in the late evening, or recovering from a tension filled day."
- Cleve Twitchell, Mail Tribune, Medford, Oregon
Sophisticated. Evocative. Unworldly, pristine rhythms and harmonies. Well-crafted, expressive melodies... A dash of Far Eastern musical philosophy...an Afro-American influence. Grosvenor’s touch, rhythmic and emotional sense definitely convey the classicist she is. Comparisons of her sound to George Winston are inevitable...but Grosvenor’s composing spectrum is wider... The result is often an air reminiscent of....an ECM record of Swedish composers. Comparisons to Roger Kellaway or Claude Bolling might be the most telling. Interesting harmonies and rhythmic twists... Moving from wonder to tenderness to joy and back.
- Mike Heffley, What’s Happening, Oregon
“An evolving composer, her work merits wide attention. A classically trained pianist, she has incorporated a variety of music traditions.”
- Transnational Perspectives, Geneva, Switzerland
“[Grosvenor] is a master of original composition. ‘Lantern in the Window’ is a sparkling collection of piano wizardry. . . a subtle combination of whimsical yet suggestive music. It induces a state of mind, an emotional response in the listener...a certain sparkle...a being alive feeling in the music. A gentle, tender certainty, an effect which tends to serenade the listener.”
- Lucy Day, Eugene Magazine
"A fine collection. Grosvenor’s approach is to caress sounds and moods from the instrument. Her classical training is much in evidence (with) a number of other influences. Even when she whips into a boogie woogie, Grosvenor imparts an air of delicacy and subtle flavoring. A triumphant result."
- Kurt Olsen, Arts & Entertainment Magazine, Portland
"I only wish I had listened to this one sooner. Among current piano recordings, ‘Lantern in the Window’ stands out as really having something to say melodically."
- Joseph Rowe, KOAP Radio, Portland, Oregon
Lantern in the Window is full of warm, reflective sounds that echo softly in the minds and hearts of its listeners. These songs, some somber and even sad, others joyful and lilting, allow us to create our own movies as we listen. The amazing journey of the thought or feeling that is transmuted from the mind and heart of the player through the hands to the keys, then through the vibrating strings to us is a most miraculous and wondering thing. All music, if sincerely felt and offered, can be a great medium of inspiration and even healing.
-Bebop Jake, Connections, Pacific Northwest Magazine
"Met with overwhelming response. The most requested album on the New Acoustic Music Program."
- Radio Host, Forrest Faubion
"Plainspoken. . . full of humor.”
- Stephen Davis, New Age Journal , USA
"Very progressive....borderline modern classical music. Complex rhythms and diverse chord changes."
- Arizona Daily Wildcat
A blend of classical structure and lyrical melody, close and friendly, with an occasional punch of rock 'n' roll or the feline sensuality of jazz. Susan’s music, to be sure. She shapes silence with a caress, letting single notes define the space while caring as much for the parts with no sound as for the parts that are heard. Yet, her songs never get bogged down in the seriousness of being art. They are meant to be for us, the regular folks...A practical album to be used all the time. Plug it into the car stereo to calm the anxiety of going home in rush-hour traffic. Play it at home late at night, when the world is quiet, and the mind is open to more intuitive things.
- Chuck Graham, Tucson Citizen
“Creates a perfect mood. It’s on our hotlist."
- Roger Smith, KMHD Radio, Portland
"The lyrical melodies and pristine sound quality of this recording will enhance any activity for piano music lovers. The composition and sound quality excel."
-The Torch, Eugene, Oregon
"A true composer. . .This music is going to hold up for a long time."
- Radio Host, Doug Daniels
"Beautiful. I love it!"
- Radio Host, Tom Newman
In the midst of what most would call a successful musical career, Suzanne came to understand a feeling she'd had since childhood...In trying to tap into that inner source of musical expression, she began engaging in meditation and 'spending hours just playing'. Her time paid off. “Lantern in the Window” is an evocative record.
- Oregon Daily Emerald
Teddy Bear Records has as its aim an insight of the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung:
“What is essential in a work of art is that it should rise far above the realm of the personal life and speak from the spirit and the heart of the artist to the spirit and heart of mankind. In this way the work of the artist comes to meet the spiritual need of the society in which he lives.” The work of Suzanne Grosvenor meets this standard.
- OP Independent Music Magazine, Washington