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The magic that flows from Emile Pandolfi's heart and through his fingertips is eloquently captured on MagicMusic's new release for 2005. The music tiptoes from one song to the next as Emile gently takes you by the hand car... more »
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The magic that flows from Emile Pandolfi's heart and through his fingertips is eloquently captured on MagicMusic's new release for 2005. The music tiptoes from one song to the next as Emile gently takes you by the hand carrying you to a place where fireflies dance like ballerinas in the mooonlight. "Believe... in yourself, in magic, in the wonder of the universe, and in the kindness of your fellow man. Believe that life is a wonderful place to spend a hundred years. This CD is a collection of beautiful melodies that celebrate the emotions that can move from soul to soul aboard the invisible chariot that is music. I hope that these songs will help you dream your dreams, and connect your heart with the heart of the universe." Emile Pandolfi
A poet of popular music
John H. Pendley | the beautiful mountains of north Georgia | 11/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Emile Pandolfi plays show tunes, movie music, and the American song book, like no one else. He even includes the occasional classical selection, which is inevitable since he holds a degree in piano performance from Julliard. Pandolfi's dexterity at the keyboard is highly polished. His gorgeous tone seems to know no depth, his pianissimo playing reaches all the way to the back of the hall, his massive fortissimos always leave the impression that he has more to give, his legato touch makes the piano sound like anything but a percussive instrument, and his imagination seems limitless.
Once you've heard Pandolfi's presentation of a song, it will be difficult for you to imagine it any other way. Partly, this results from his imagination: he is able to listen to music and lyrics with such freshness, even to the punctuation of lyrics, that he understands what many of us pass over. Then, he brings the resources of his technique, his sound--all his musical training and experience--to bear on the story in his mind. But not just the story: the character of the story, the atmosphere of the story. The result is nothing short of a recreation of each song Emile Pandolfi plays, and that result is often very powerful.
In this album for instance, we hear the arpeggios and trills in My Heart Must Go On: the sea rolling around and over the lovers. Beneath the very first arpeggio, we hear the germ of the melody rising from the deep before it makes its appearance. The beauty of the tune is very touching for a time, with the sea always present. But soon the music rises, or rather falls, to a climax, for the biggest passage is in the bass, deep down in the piano, with a change to a darker key. The rush and flow of the sea prevails. But even in this dark, deep place, the love motif makes one last, defiant call; at last, with the arpeggios gleaming overhead, all subsides.
Pandolfi's music is a rhapsody upon the story. In fact, it may not be James Cameron's story at all, but the drama in Pandolfi's presentation speaks directly to the listener's imagination, and that is the nature of art. Something in your emotions, in your experience, will react to narrative mastery at this level, and you will come away from Pandolfi's My Heart Will Go On with your own experience. I don't even pretend to calculate the impact of Pandolfi's pianistic mastery on your reaction. If you doubt this assessment, read some of the other reader reviews of his albums.
Several selections on this album are either drawn directly from classical scores or are inspired by them. Aquarium is Pandolfi's transcription of the section of the same name, for orchestra with piano obbligato, in Saint-Saen's Carnival of the Animals. It is a marvel of tonal beauty and finger articulation. The orchestral part is wonderfully suggested by the left hand. As beautiful as Aquarium is, the most successful of these selections, for me, is the Eighteenth Variation, which Pandolfi has transcribed from Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. I've loved this music since I was a boy and I first heard it played in a recording by the incomparable William Kapell, who was killed at the age on thirty-one, on 10/29/53. The 52nd anniversary of that date is only three days past, as I write this; maybe that's why this music is so much on my mind.
Pandolfi's version is for piano only, remember, and at first, I missed the entrance of the strings and the rest of the orchestra at the second statement of the great theme. But this artist soon had me in his grip once more. The massive chords in the left hand are thoroughly Rachmaninov. The timing is thoroughly Rachmaninov. The music swells with great ardor, then fades poignantly, with no hint of pathos or sentimentality. The pianist is even faithful to the score when he plays accompaniment a time or two; those who know the orchestral melody will hear it even though it is not there. And Pandolfi finishes with two final chords--in utter serenity--not as so many have done when playing this variation alone, with a third one, reaching a full cadence. With those two chords, he is true to the score, anticipating the Nineteenth Variation. This is beautiful and tasteful playing. As much as anything on the album, this short foray into his old world, the classical world, explains to the listener why everything else on this album, and on every other album by Emile Pandolfi is so very fine.
If you're ever fortunate enough to hear and see Emile Pandolfi in concert, as I have been on eight or ten occasions, you're in for a wonderful time. All the qualities that I've described here are on display in abundance. To hear Emile play is to wonder how it can be done, and I've seen many of the world's greatest touring concert pianists. When you hear Emile, you sometimes forget to breathe. And there is a big surprise waiting for you: Emile Pandolfi is a delightful personality and a hilarious stand-up comic. He's not a guy who tells funny jokes; he's a genuinely funny man. A second surprise will come when he plays songs that you've virtually memorized from his recordings; you'll shake your head a bit and wonder, "What is this? "He's playing the song I know, but I never heard him play these notes!" Don't worry; I went through the same thing. You see, Emile improvises. He's that supremely confident, and he's having that much fun. And then he'll play a song that's not on any of his recordings, and you'll be on cloud nine.
Highly, and affectionately, recommended.
Kenny M. Davis | 01/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Believe is a wonderful album with some of Emile's greatest songs! My favorites include "Belive", "Time To Say Goodbye", and "Pure Imagination". I'm certainly glad I bought this CD! His technique is purely magical and amazing to hear! You'll be glad you bought it!"