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This mix-and-match compilation of mostly solo piano material from David Lanz is a modest but pleasant package, a commercially minded collection of older material assembled by Lanz's former record label without his input. T... more »
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This mix-and-match compilation of mostly solo piano material from David Lanz is a modest but pleasant package, a commercially minded collection of older material assembled by Lanz's former record label without his input. Those who favor Lanz's gentle, overtly romantic, glissando-heavy style should enjoy this 12-track disc as it delivers a reliably quiet audio backdrop that ranges somewhere between reverential and sentimental. In addition to tracks lifted from existing recordings (Lanz's sugary Beloved, his attractive Christmas Eve, and contributions he made to past Narada holiday compilations), this disc includes three selections from a 1989 concert performance. Two of those pieces, the solo "What Child Is This?" and the ensemble-based "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (with a radiant contribution on oboe by Nancy Rumbel), are the album's standouts. --Terry Wood
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+ 1/2 stars...Exquisite Holiday Music
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 12/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"David Lanz's solo piano stylings have always been characterized by a sense of elegance and intimacy. This collection of mostly previously released material is no exception. Just over half the songs are familiar seasonal favorites ("Silent Night," "O Holy Night" and others); the rest our original compositions like "In a Holy Place" from his 1983 debut HEARTSOUNDS and "Dreamer's Waltz" from 1996's SACRED ROAD. What makes this album special are three previously unreleased live recordings from 1989: Two solo pieces ("What Child Is This" and "Variations on a Theme from Pachelbel's Canon in D Major") and the ensemble recording of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," featuring Eric Tingstad (guitar), Nancy Rumble (oboe) and David Arkenstone (synth). If you like your Christmas music peaceful and reflective, this album is perfect. RECOMMENDED"
One Of His Best!
penguin1875 | 06/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is a gorgeous collection Christmas songs, all played on the piano, David Lanz's key instrument. Some of the best are The Dreamer's Waltz, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, and In A Holy Place. This is truly one of the best Christmas albums out there, and I would recommend it to anyone."