Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genre: World Music
Inspired by the timeless melodies of legendary 18th-century Irish bard and harper Turlough O'Carolan, Billboard-charting pianist/composer Scott Hiltzik displays a vibrant Celtic style and astonishing keyboard wizardry.Thes... more »
Inspired by the timeless melodies of legendary 18th-century Irish bard and harper Turlough O'Carolan, Billboard-charting pianist/composer Scott Hiltzik displays a vibrant Celtic style and astonishing keyboard wizardry.These brilliant arrangements for solo piano, full of sophisticated harmonies and engaging rhythms, seamlessly blend ancient tradition and contemporary sensibility. Where did the nocturne come from? Most people would say from Chopin. But most people would be wrong. The word 'nocturne' and the musical form, a solo piece for piano that sets up a mood, an atmosphere, that appeals directly to the listener's emotions was created by the great 19th-century Irish composer John Field. His improvisational, soulful songs without words were beloved by audiences everywhere, and inspired Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Satie, Debussy...and changed the landscape of music forever. How appropriate, then,that Celtic Nocturnes takes us back a century before Field to the legendary giant of Irish music Turlough O'Carolan. Peaceful and meditative, often playful, sometimes achingly beautiful, Carolan's glorious melodies fill the heart with joy, a sense of sadness consoled, which is considered the hallmark of the true nocturne and is the very soul of Irish music.
Wonderfully played alive music for the soul.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Celtic at its finest. I just listen over and over to the clarity of the notes and melodies. A friend asked if it put one to sleep, as he opined much "new age" music does. The question prompts me to answer with an emphatic "NO!" I even listen to this in the car and am buoyed and calmed at once, certainly not put asleep. Some of the tunes are joyous and even arousing! The performer's piano technique is flawless and he interprets this music with distinction."
Stephen F. Yegge | Seattle, WA United States | 05/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I heard Scott's rendition of Carolan's Concerto on a United Airlines flight. It was enough to make me grab the airline magazine, race home, find this CD on the site, and 1-click it as fast as my fingers could move. Scott Hiltzik's piano technique is crisp and lively, and the concerto... well, let's just say I'm going to wear the CD down listening to it over and over. It's my new favorite song."