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Piano Impressions

by Andrew Wright

A cornucopia of piano romanticism, ranging from barnstorming Lisztian bravura to intimacy and dark melancholy, this album presents a freewheeling selection of live recital composition performances and improvisations.
Genre: Classical: Romantic Era
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Warmup
5:40 $0.99
2. Melancholia
4:51 $0.99
3. Melodrama
7:46 $0.99
4. Nocturne
4:47 $0.99
5. Concerto for Solo Piano: I. Allegro Deciso
8:15 $0.99
6. Concerto for Solo Piano: II. Reverie
5:46 $0.99
7. Concerto for Solo Piano: III. Dies Irae - Il Ritorno
8:12 $0.99
8. Chorale
7:25 $0.99
9. Appassionata
6:34 $0.99
10. Elle's Poem
5:01 $0.99
11. Tetris Fantasy (Live)
3:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Piano Impressions" contains a collection of self-penned compositions, performed live in recital, alongside various improvisations fortuitously captured for posterity and digitally remastered.

The album opens with a miscellany of improvisations, beginning with a warmup improvisation taken from a recital rehearsal. The pianist (and the piano!) flex their muscles with some extrovert pianism placed within a broadly Lisztian and quasi-operatic framework.

The second track forms a complete contrast. Replete with repeated low notes and bass effects, it speaks of intangible sadness. We move on to a third improvisation, melodramatic, and perhaps in the style of 30s/40s Hollywood. The following Nocturne is redolent of Chopin, but with the occasional more futuristic harmony.

The main item on the album is a piano concerto, originally conceived as an orchestral piece, but here presented in solo piano form, and with the performance taken from a live recital. The three movements form a complete, and thematically inter-related, whole - with the exception of the introduction of the Dies Irae motif in the  movement. The first movement is reminiscent of Rachmaninov, whilst the following slow movement is a Chopinesque reverie, rudely awakened by a highly dramatic Lisztian finale featuring storms, apocalyptic conflict and a heavenly return of the second theme from the initial movement.

The Chorale which follows is another improvisation, minor key, meditative and slow-moving, perhaps baroque in places, with a contrasting major key middle section and tinged with highly vocal melodic lines.

Appassionata follows - a dark but dramatic and impassioned improvisation, Lisztian and  Rachmaninovian - and arose completely spontaneously after recording another track and leaving the equipment running.

Elle's Poem, a composed setting of a friend's poem, speaks of tranquility, dark brooding melancholy, abandonment, and resolution.

The Tetris Fantasy which concludes the album is an encore from a live recital in which the video game theme is paraphrased via variations in the style of Chopin, Liszt, Alkan, Rachmaninov and Thalberg en route to a brief final coda.

Andrew Wright studied with noted teacher Kenneth van Barthold, and has become known for his wide repertoire of operatic paraphrases and transcriptions. His first disc, A Night at the Opera (still available at CD Baby), was sufficiently successful that it was re-released by Divine Art Records as The Operatic Pianist, along with a sequel. Andrew Wright, as befits an aficionado of 19th century piano romanticism, takes a keen interest in the twin arts of composition and improvisation. Critics have remarked on not only Mr Wright's capacity for digital virtuosity, a pre-requisite in such repertoire, but also on the expressiveness of his playing.



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