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Reminiscent

by Anastasia

Beautiful solo piano, a fusion of Classical and New Age music. Delicate, romantic and sensitive.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Reminiscing
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2. Unthinkable
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3. Taken Away
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4. Resilient
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5. Thank You Gary
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6. Dionysius
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7. Looming
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8. New Beginning
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9. Falling in Love
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10. Schöne Zeiten
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11. Nostalgic
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12. Soaring Heights
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13. Sense of Serenity
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14. Lessons Learned
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15. Determined
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16. Surrounded By Nature
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17. Sentimental
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18. True Happiness
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Anastasia was born in Bavaria, Germany to parents of Greek descent and grew up in Munich, South Carolina and New Jersey. She began playing piano at the age of five and has performed and placed in various classical competitions throughout her childhood. Although she studied classical music, Anastasia was inspired by contemporary artists such as Eugenie R. Rocherolle and Yann Tiersen. Her love for composing began with her first compositions at the age of nine. Reminiscent builds upon these pieces composed throughout her early years and brings back childhood and adolescent memories. Her music is heartfelt and emotional, characteristic of a soft, mellow and poignant tone.

"With a distinctive and promising new voice in the crowded solo piano genre, Anastasia's debut, "Reminiscent," is going to turn a lot of heads!" ~ Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

"A great addition to our Solo Piano channel" - RadioTunes.com

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Reminiscent" is the debut recording from Anastasia, a classically-trained composer/pianist who grew up in Munich, Germany; South Carolina and New Jersey. She began playing the piano at the age of five and performed and placed in a variety of classical competitions throughout her childhood. She started composing music at the age of nine, and the eighteen tracks on her album reflect on childhood and adolescent memories. The music is warm and graceful as well as masterfully and expressively played - a very promising debut! Most of the tracks are fairly short - only three go over the three-minute mark - and while the mood of the music is fairly consistent from one piece to the next, each is a self-contained gem. The only thing I don’t love about this album is that it was recorded on a digital piano. It’s a good one, and I know a lot of people can’t hear the difference, but the rich resonance of a good acoustic just isn’t quite there. That said, "Reminiscent" offers a peaceful listening experience that is on the quieter side while expressing a range of passions and deep emotions.

There are too many tracks on "Reminiscent" to describe them all, but I’ll tell you about some of the highlights. It opens with “Reminiscing,” a bittersweet song without words that immediately made my ears sit up and take notice - a beautiful beginning! “Taken Away” is a poignant favorite played with tender affection. I assume that “Thank You Gary” is a tribute to Gary Farr, who discovered Anastasia and signed her to his record label. Joyous and effervescent, it’s one of the more upbeat pieces on the album. “Dionysius” has a passionate, magical quality that I really like. Slightly mysterious, it goes through several really interesting thematic changes, painting a colorful music portrait. “Nostalgic” expresses deep longing while reflecting on the past. “Lessons Learned” seems to convey both confidence and a sense of caution - moving forward boldly and then thinking twice - a very interesting dichotomy. “Determined” is another favorite. A bit on the dark side, it expresses a sense of forward motion fueled by emotional energy. “True Happiness” ends the album on a warm and blissful note with a piece that describes that sought-after state of being with a tapestry of musical themes woven together to demonstrate various stages of true happiness.

"Reminiscent" launches a new and distinctive voice into the contemporary solo piano genre, and I hope that this is only the beginning for Anastasia. Recommended!
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Gary Farr

A beautiful balance of New Age and Classical music
"The first time I heard Anastasia's music, I knew it was a great fit for Solo Piano & New Age radio and a great addition to our record label. I've heard hundreds of solo piano CD's but nothing quite like this. Anastasia's music is a perfect balance of Classical and New Age. Her playing is filled with emotion and easy on the ears. I can't wait for the world to embrace and enjoy her music for years to come." ~ Gary Farr, President of SFR and radio programmer
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Starting at an early age, Anastasia studied classical piano and honed her skills to be able to give musical voice to her creative impulse and inspiration, which she does elegantly on her album “Reminiscent.” The opening track, “Reminiscing,” begins the album on a wistfully romantic note, and conveys the feeling of one lost in thoughts of fond memories. It is quite beautiful and provides the first glimpse of Anastasia’s graceful style on the piano. When I first got the album, I was surprised to see 18 tracks, which could make for a very long recording. However, after closer inspection, I found that many are only three minutes long, with some being in the two-minute range. Its an interesting arrangement and is similar, in a way, to a book of short stories or vignettes.

Anastasia’s classical roots are evident on the next track, “Unthinkable.” She cites Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart as her biggest influences as she was learning. I was impressed by her sense of dynamics, and the way she slowly built the song to a crescendo and then dropped down into a more delicate space. The emotional content of Anastasia’s music runs through all her compositions, but I was particularly aware of it on a piece called “Resilient,” which blended both melancholy and hopefulness in its introspective melody. A tender ballad called “Falling in Love” captures the heart-opening feeling of the dawn of a new relationship.

Anastasia’s stirring solo piano compositions reflect an emotional rainbow of feelings and flights of fantasy. Her classical influences are strongly felt, yet she has expressed interest in working with synthesizers and writing trance and chill-out music in the future. I’m sure that whatever musical paths Anastasia chooses to follow in the days to come, that they will be as evocative and expressive as the elegant melodies found on “Reminiscent.”

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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