Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Steinway to Heaven
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical
Well known and well respected rock keyboardists performing classical pieces is a multi-level challenge. It is of course a challenge to the players themselves to step beyond the commercially-imposed boundaries of their care... more »
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Well known and well respected rock keyboardists performing classical pieces is a multi-level challenge. It is of course a challenge to the players themselves to step beyond the commercially-imposed boundaries of their careers to produce a piece which will live forever in some recorded medium. It is a challenge to a record company which is counting on the talent of the artists to appeal to buyers as well as the loyalty and enthusiasm of the music lover to buy the recording once it goes into the marketplace. But the challenge goes further. It goes out to the music consumer to stretch his/her own expectations of the artists as well as to step outside the comfort zone of the stylistic setting to which they have become accustomed. If you are a fan of a particular artist or artists on this CD, you will probably be hearing them in a musically unfamiliar context. If you are first and foremost a fan of classical music, you will be listening to artists who may not be familiar to you. New interpretations on familiar themes, new techniques applied to classic compositions. Everyone involved had to stretch. Stretching is good.
If You Are Into Piano ....
Frank Baxter | Largo, FL United States | 08/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are into piano (and why else would you be here?), you should own this CD. The performances range from the expected (Emerson plays the way you would expect Emerson to play) to the unexpected. Wakeman and Jordan Rudess take a serious (and well done) approach whereas Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones,Eric Clapton ..) takes more "liberties". Chis Ingles' and David Bryan's classical training make them well suited for this collection. Heck, they are all great! Every time I listen to the CD I find something else to like about it (ok, so I'm a little late discovering this one)...."
Each piece is a labor of devotion
B. J Lam | littleton, colorado United States | 08/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this cd to hear Chuck Leavell's contribution and while his is quite good, you have got to hear Brian Augur's interpretation of a Faure composition. It's absolutely heart rendering! Patrick Moraz sounds great and Rick Wakeman delivers a stunning, surprisingly quiet and sensitive Beethoven contribution. I agree with a previous reviewer below that Keith Emerson sounds "exactly as you'd expect him to." The short biographies of the 12 contributors are excellent and impressive and the short contributor-penned project notes about why each selected the pieces is fascinating -- especially Moraz'. the biggest surprise to me is how can David Bryan play so wonderfully here and remain fulfilled professionally in Bon Jovi. The money, women or both must be fabulous."
A MUST HAVE
Mark D Burgh | 08/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE QUALITY OF THE SOUND OF THE PIANOS REFLECTS THE QUALITY OF THE MUSICIANS. IT'S ALWAYS AN EFFORT TO LISTEN TO PIANO MUSIC BECAUSE THE RECORDINGS ARE SO POOR. THIS STANDS OUT. THE SOUND IS BRIGHT AND TRUTHFUL. BEAUTIFUL INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MASTERS BY MASTERS( OF COURSE........WE ALL KNEW THEY WERE!). A MUST FOR PIANO LOVERS."