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Blue Intermezzo

by Andrew Roussak

Twelve original contemporary piano pieces composed and recorded by a prog rock virtuoso Andrew Roussak. Neo-classical piano music with a jazzy touch - it is romantic, melodic and full of passion .
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. All Good Things
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2. Greensleeves
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3. Strange Tango
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4. Irreducible Simplicity
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5. Blue Intermezzo
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6. Iliade Book 6 - Swap Armour
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7. Iliade Book 8 - Divine Withdrawal
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8. Nocturne For Julia
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9. Forgotten Walce
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10. Portraits Of My Friends
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11. Schafe Können Sicher Weiden
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12. Wir Eilen Mit Schwachen Doch Emsigen Schritten
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Born in Russia in the industrial city of Ufa, Andrew began to learn to play piano at the age of 7. After having graduated from the Ufa State College of Arts as a pianist, Andrew was employeed as a studio musician and as a chief musical editor at the local broadcast station. Side by side with the classical music , his major influences of that period were the recordings of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. Main classical preferences - J.S.Bach, F. Chopin, G. Gershwin. Since that time till today, the massive keyboard sound together with the virtuoso piano fingerwork feature his recordings made for the various bands and projects.

Since 2001, Andrew Roussak lives in Germany as a freelance artist, playing live gigs with the bands and solo piano concerts, writing orchestra scores, doing studio jobs and giving the piano and keyboard lessons.

In 2006, Andrew won the German Pop & Rock Award as the best keyboard player and the best instrumental soloist.

In 2010, Andrew‘s first solo piano CD BLUE INTERMEZZO was published by MUSEA Rec. France.

Performed and recorded by Andrew Roussak on KAWAI GE-20 grand piano
Mastered by Sebastian Roeder at Backyard Studios, Kempten, Germany

All compositions written by Andrew Roussak except 2 ( Engl.trad.) and bonus tracks
11 ( aria from "Hunting Cantata", BWV 208, J.S. Bach ) and 12 ( duet for soprano and alto from Cantata "Jesu Der Du Meine Seele", BWV 78, J.S. Bach )

Published by MUSEA Rec., France , DR - 8470

12 original tracks
8 pages colour booklet

Original artwork by Martin "Man In The Mountain" Kornick ( references: Keith Emerson Band, Ajalon, Neal Morse...)
Layout by Bernd Roehrig
Cover photos of Andrew Roussak made by GLEBSKIE

REVIEWS OF THE ALBUM:

Published on 24/01/2011 on Dutch Progressive Rock Pages:

"...The beauty and essence of this album is that Mr. Roussak makes this all sound effortless. We are given emotionally charged music of the highest order, which is classical one minute, jazz the next and to some degree incorporating elements of rock, multi-faceted which is what keeps this all very fresh and progressive. We are talking about Andrew Roussak being in the same league as the maestros such as Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman make no mistake about that. This time around Andrew has stepped into the world of creative music alone, for me a wise step, which highlights his creative force, his ability to be able to create and present with confidence. On his past work he has worked with bands, but just the raw energy of what has been created here exudes that WOW factor."

John O' Boyle

Published on 21/11/2010 on Magle Intl.Music Forums, ProgArchives by ArtRock:

"...All 12 tracks are very much worthwhile and make a wonderful collection - it really works well as an album. They are played with passion and skill, demonstrating once more what an great musician Roussak is. The recording is very good as well to my taste. Interesting art work for the cover and the booklet, a step-up from the debut in that respect. All around, a top notch CD, and an original gift for the holidays season. On a scale of 1-6, a 5,5 masterpiece."

Published on 30/12/2010 on Ragazzi.de ( German only ):

"...Von Beginn an wird die klassische Ausbildung und handwerkliche Raffinesse des Pianisten deutlich. Andrew Roussak spielt zwar auch Progressive Rock und Pop sowie Jazz, seine Hingabe scheint jedoch das klassische Pianospiel zu sein.
Seine Eigenkompositionen sind handwerklich klassisch gespielt, beweisen einige moderne Einflüsse, haben Leichtigkeit und Energie, sind flüssig und rasant, zeigen Humor und Herz, Hingabe und das Faible, schwierige Partituren leichthändig zu intonieren...."

Volkmar Mantei

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Jillile

Stunning Album
Am listening to Andrew Roussak’s fantastically rich and totally engrossing piano playing on his album Blue Intermezzo. A beautifully constructed album, with some well known tracks and some music which I haven’t heard before. The command and depth of his playing shone forth from every track on the album. This is an album which I will listen to over and over, especially when I just want something to relax and chill to….....Awe-inspiring!
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Kathy Parsons

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Every once in a while a CD comes across my desk that just blows me away. Andrew Roussak’s "Blue Intermezzo" is such an album. Roussak was named Best Keyboard Player and Best Instrumental Soloist in the 2006 German Pop and Rock Awards, so he has obviously established himself in the German music scene - especially in the Prog Rock genre. Hopefully he is on his way to becoming recognized internationally.

Andrew Roussak was born in Russia and started learning the piano at the age of seven. He graduated from the Ufa State College of Arts as a pianist and was employed as a studio musician and as chief musical editor at the local broadcast station. He relocated to Germany in 2001, working as a freelance artist, playing concert gigs, writing orchestra scores, doing studio work, and teaching piano and keyboard lessons. One of the things that makes Roussak unique is that he seems to be equally comfortable with classical, jazz, and rock music and often combines the styles within the same pieces. His mastery of the piano is readily apparent with dazzling fingerwork and impeccable technique. I would be reluctant to call this “new age” piano because of the big sound of Roussak’s music, yet it’s more complex than rock, not quite classical, and not quite jazz. That makes Roussak an artist who defies categorization - a true original!

"Blue Intermezzo" begins with “All Good Things,” an “unplugged” version of a piece that Roussak composed for his 2006 debut No Trespassing. From the beginning, we are introduced to Roussak’s eclectic style and virtuosity at the piano. “Greensleeves” is given a very unusual treatment that is probably closest to jazz. With fingers dancing all over the piano at a lively tempo, Roussak makes this classic his own. “Strange Tango” is dark and very dramatic. “Irreducible Simplicity” is definitely more on the jazz side - rhythmic and infectious with a sense of effortless fun. Love it! “Illiade Book 6 - Swap Armour” and “Illiade Book 8 - Divine Withdrawal” were composed for an international piano project, “Progressive Duels On Grand Piano.” Each piece is a little longer than six minutes and each tells a tale from Homer’s epic novel, exhibiting a full range of emotions from big and powerful to tender and loving. Breathtaking! “Nocturne For Julia” is a gentle and soothing love song that shows us another facet of Roussak’s composing style. “Forgotten Walce” asks if Chopin would be using jazz harmonies if he had been born a century later and demonstrates what that might sound like. Brilliant! “Portraits of My Friends” is a sweet and nostalgic piece that pays homage to friends who have come and gone over the years. The last two pieces on the album are bonus tracks that are arrangements of two of JS Bach’s pieces. “Schafe Konnen Sicher Weiden” is an aria from the so-called “Hunting Cantata,” BWV 208, and what a gorgeous interpretation it is. Contemporary yet true to the original, it’s a must-hear! So is “Wir Eilen Mit Schwachen Doch Emsigen Schritten,” a lively and joyful piece originally composed as a vocal duet. A great way to end an incredible album!

"Blue Intermezzo" is a breath of fresh air and I look forward to hearing more music from Andrew Roussak for many years to come! I give it my highest recommendation!
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