The thematic materials of these marvellous pieces are laid out in contrapuntal parts, resulting in a rich and colourful polyphony. These are gloomy songs leaping in fantastic caprices recalling the most of the old and exuberant pieces the world has ever known. The musical pieces there are going in a certain direction, starting as if to go forwards. Then it falters and falls back. A night moth is flying around the room as those notes are hiding themselves; only their wings twitch a little escaping the sorrow some of the time. Poetic pieces, analogous to those of a great contemporary poet, who cradles the soul in golden dreams, and elevates it to the regions of the ideal. Virtuosic-level piano solo releases are sure to delight all those who have looked for beautiful, lush, uplifting, and concert-worthy. Even scores are resonated throughout the performance, adding a sense of mystique and beauty to the play. Those piano solo arrangements from the well known pieces capture the magical and at times lyrical aura while at the same time convey the awesome power.
Where Do I Begin
Where Do I Begin (a.k.a. Love Story) is a popular song published in 1970, with music composed by Francis Lai. The composition was first introduced as a theme in the film Love Story. This fresh, wonderfully relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable version of the masterpiece brings a new depth to the song. Many recordings have been made by a number of artists such as Andy Williams and Shirley Bassey composing various lyrics.
Chariots of Fire
Based upon a British historical drama movie (Chariots of Fire), this soundtrack is very well known as it won several awards for being original music score composed by Vangelis Papathanassiou a Greek electronic composer. In this unplugged recording, the piece has been performed in a way that is unusual to the nature of the original composition meaning that a few transpositions are in effect across the passages within different scales.
Les Feuilles Mortes
Originally being a French song of 1945 named literally “The Dead Leaves” was composed by Joseph Kosma. In fact, the melody has always been quite popular for beginning jazz musicians to become acquainted with jazz harmony given the fact that the piece consists of sequences that are typical of jazz. Nonetheless, true to his desire of virtuosic-level piano arrangement, this recording has hereby been presented in a form of pure delight and enrichment. The only piano instrumental of this masterpiece was recorded by Roger Williams, hence was known for WIlliam’s descending scales and arpeggios, depicting the falling leaves from the trees to the grounds below.
The Windmills of Your Mind
Initially composed by Michel Legrand, this melody is actually an outcome of an inspiration by Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Unlike the other recordings presented hereby, this recording has, at some point, been accompanied by strings rather than solo piano despite the fact that the piano tends to dominate the entire melody thoroughly.
A Time For Us
Also known as Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet, this piece was originally rearranged by Henry Mancini having been composed by Nino Rota as a soundtrack to the movie itself in 1968. Many artists such as Andy Williams have recorded the song singing along the beautiful melody. Within the recording in this particular album, the softness has relatively and slightly been replaced by the arpeggios in order to make it sound rather more colourful.
The Shadow of Your Smile
Being quite popular, this song was originally composed by Johnny Mandel as a soundtrack for the movie The Sandpiper in 1965. Many artists such as Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey and Nancy Sinatra recorded the song in English and various languages. Within this particular recording, although unplugged, the solo piano of soft tone to the melody has been enriched further.
The recorded version of this music was very well known by its dedication as a soundtrack by the Righteous Brothers to the award-winning movie Unchained Melody in 1990. The origins of the melody has a devious background until such time as it has come to be well known by the society. Though within this particular recording, it is intended to reimagine the scene in the movie which eloquently fits the flowing arpeggios true to its nature.
Unlike the previous recording introduced as Les Feuilles Mortes, this particular recording is more like a unique jazz version of the song. The flowing arpeggios have not necessarily altered from the original version, yet quite less enriched than the previous version. Besides it is much closer to the original version composed by Joseph Kosma. It has become so much popular, hence many artists beyond count recorded the song in numerous languages.
Apart from the nature of this recording presented in the album, it would most likely be very much unusual if one might refer to this particular classical masterpiece composed by Ludwig van Beethoven unknown. Fur Elise (a.k.a. Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor) for solo piano defines a part of Beethoven’s true nature and his approach to the piano. The soft tone is delightfully relaxing, nonetheless within this particular recording, it may be realised that the piece has rather been slightly improvised unchanging the tempo.
Somewhere My Love
Also known as Lara’s Theme, it is actually a work on the soundtrack for the film Doctor Zhivago. Many variations including vocals have been recorded on this soundtrack so far and the lyrics sang by Andy Williams has been a popular and well known amongst many. Commissioned to create and to perform a virtuosic version of the masterpiece, it is intended to enrich the harmony flying across the scales.