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Opus Four: A Solo Piano Collection

by Tim Neumark

Emotional, beautiful music that tells a story. A solo piano combination of classical and new age styles.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. With Wonder
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2. Dad's Victory
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3. Waltz in F Minor
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4. Father of the Bride
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5. A Moment of Joy
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6. Winter Dreams
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7. Persian Rhapsody
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8. Two Hearts
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9. Finding Hope
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10. Adagio Sostenuto
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11. Seattle Nocturne
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12. Meditation: Skipping Stones
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13. Chasing Glory
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Opus Four is Tim Neumark's fourth CD, a follow-up to the well-received debut, "Biography", his "Christmas" CD of traditional favorites, and the 2009 release "Influence". Opus Four was nominated by SoloPiano.com for Classical/Neo-Classical album of the year in 2013. Two of its tracks were nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Awards: A Moment of Joy (Best New Age/Instrumental Song) and Adagio Sostenuto (Best Classical piece).

This album includes all of the tracks from Tim's 2012 track-a-month campaign. Unlike Tim's other CDs, where almost every track had a specific dedication or inspiration, Opus Four's song titles are drawn from inspiration or the emotion evoked by the music itself.

Tracks are written about family (birth of a daughter, a father battling cancer), written about the moment of the track's inspiration (A Moment of Joy, Winter Dreams), or simply written as music for the sake of music (Waltz in F Minor, Adagio Sostenuto, Persian Rhapsody). As with all Tim's CDs, there is a meditation piece to calm your mood, and Opus Four also includes a closing track, Chasing Glory, that will knock your socks off.

There is a range of pieces from contemplative to energetic, from classical to contemporary - there are sure to be a number of enjoyable pieces for the solo piano listener.


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Opus Four" is a collection of thirteen original piano solos by Tim Neumark. For those not familiar with music terminology, an opus number is traditionally assigned to a composer’s work to put it in chronological order. Those numbers aren’t used as much in contemporary music as they were historically, but since this is Neumark’s fourth CD, the title is fitting and appropriate. (The piano teacher in me couldn’t resist explaining that!) As with Neumark’s previous albums, the music on this one was inspired by experiences and emotions, and being a new dad has brought about quite a few inspiring moments as well! There is a variety of musical styles and moods on this album, but most of the pieces are gentle, uncomplicated, and very sincere - an uplifting hour of beautiful solo piano. Pianists will be happy to know that a companion songbook is on its way - available now to download and coming soon in hard copy.

"Opus Four" begins with “With Wonder,” a charming piece that conveys the innocence and simplicity of seeing the world through a child’s eyes. The gently flowing tempo and uncomplicated melody line make this a warmly welcoming first track. “Dad’s Victory” commemorates Neumark’s father’s final chemo treatment and victory over cancer. Far from being a cinematic victory march, this piece expresses relief, hope, and a very deep love. Neumark says in the liner notes that “Waltz in F Minor” is the first piece of music he has released simply for the sake of the music. Bittersweet and elegant, it’s a favorite. “A Moment of Joy” is a short, effervescent happy dance. “Winter Dreams” is another favorite - on the dark side at the beginning, the mood lightens as the piece evolves. “Persian Rhapsody” is quite different. With an exotic Middle Eastern flavor, this eight-minute exploration is sometimes playful, sometimes reflective, sometimes flowing, and sometimes energetic - always very enjoyable. “Two Hearts” was inspired by the first time Neumark saw an ultrasound of his daughter’s beating heart. Tender and loving with a suggestion of excitement and anticipation, this is another highlight of the album. “Adagio Sostenuto” has a strong classical influence and Neumark keeps this passionate beauty understated and graceful - love it! “Seattle Nocturne” is another favorite. Recreated from an improvisation performed at Piano Haven Studio (in Seattle at the time), it is a very open, relaxing piece that conveys feelings of longing and introspection. Neumark has included a meditation piece on each album, and this time “Skipping Stones” is that piece. “Chasing Glory” is the most upbeat and energetic track on the album and is meant to capture the feeling of the Olympic Games as well as the joy and excitement of competition - a buoyant close to "Opus Four."

Fans of Tim Neumark’s first three albums will find much to savor with "Opus Four," and for those who are new to his music, this is a great place to start! Recommended!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Opus 4" is a collection of thirteen original piano solos by Tim Neumark. For those not familiar with music terminology, an opus number is traditionally assigned to a composer’s work to put it in chronological order. Those numbers aren’t used as much in contemporary music as they were historically, but since this is Neumark’s fourth CD, the title is fitting and appropriate. (The piano teacher in me couldn’t resist explaining that!) As with Neumark’s previous albums, the music on this one was inspired by experiences and emotions, and being a new dad has brought about quite a few inspiring moments as well! There is a variety of musical styles and moods on this album, but most of the pieces are gentle, uncomplicated, and very sincere - an uplifting hour of beautiful solo piano. Pianists will be happy to know that a companion songbook is on its way - available now to download and coming soon in hard copy.

"Opus 4" begins with “With Wonder,” a charming piece that conveys the innocence and simplicity of seeing the world through a child’s eyes. The gently flowing tempo and uncomplicated melody line make this a warmly welcoming first track. “Dad’s Victory” commemorates Neumark’s father’s final chemo treatment and victory over cancer. Far from being a cinematic victory march, this piece expresses relief, hope, and a very deep love. Neumark says in the liner notes that “Waltz in F Minor” is the first piece of music he has released simply for the sake of the music. Bittersweet and elegant, it’s a favorite. “A Moment of Joy” is a short, effervescent happy dance. “Winter Dreams” is another favorite - on the dark side at the beginning, the mood lightens as the piece evolves. “Persian Rhapsody” is quite different. With an exotic Middle Eastern flavor, this eight-minute exploration is sometimes playful, sometimes reflective, sometimes flowing, and sometimes energetic - always very enjoyable. “Two Hearts” was inspired by the first time Neumark saw an ultrasound of his daughter’s beating heart. Tender and loving with a suggestion of excitement and anticipation, this is another highlight of the album. “Adagio Sostenuto” has a strong classical influence and Neumark keeps this passionate beauty understated and graceful - love it! “Seattle Nocturne” is another favorite. Recreated from an improvisation performed at Piano Haven Studio (in Seattle at the time), it is a very open, relaxing piece that conveys feelings of longing and introspection. Neumark has included a meditation piece on each album, and this time “Skipping Stones” is that piece. “Chasing Glory” is the most upbeat and energetic track on the album and is meant to capture the feeling of the Olympic Games as well as the joy and excitement of competition - a buoyant close to "Opus 4."

Fans of Tim Neumark’s first three albums will find much to savor with "Opus 4," and for those who are new to his music, this is a great place to start! Recommended!