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Songs of Leaving

by Angelo Râpan

Songs Of Leaving is an album to savor during quiet times so as to best appreciate its unmistakable beauty borne of utmost sincerity, emotional honesty and artistic integrity
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. As We Left
8:09 album only
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2. The Light in Kristin's Eyes
5:54 album only
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3. Remember
4:24 album only
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4. Places in Our Heart
10:02 album only
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5. Prayer
5:25 album only
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6. Whispering of the Forest
7:21 album only
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7. Looking Back At the Sky
3:05 album only
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8. Just Before
5:13 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Angelo Râpan’s successful career as both a classical musician and music director could scarcely predict how self-assured and accomplished his debut recording as a new player in the contemporary instrumental arena would be. Songs of Leaving displays not just his considerable talent for weaving classical influence into his piano and ensemble tone poems, but also showcase his abundant technique whether displaying subtlety and nuance or a commanding presence in drama and passion. This latest page in the book of his life has culminated in his collaboration with the acclaimed production/engineering team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. Songs of Leaving was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios in rural Vermont, produced and engineered by the team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton, featuring these musicians:
Angelo Râpan-Piano
Will Ackerman – Guitar
Charlie Bisharat - Violin
Tom Eaton – Percussion
Eugene Friesen – Cello
Jeff Haynes – Percussion
Tony Levin – Bass
Jeff Oster – Flugelhorn
Premik Russell Tubbs – Lyricon
Noah Wilding - Voice

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While Angelo Râpan’s musical career has been extremely diverse, to say the least, this new release finds him exploring a genre that he describes as “contemporary instrumental music of a reflective, soothing nature.” And what better place to launch this phase of his career than the iconic Imaginary Road Studios of Windham Hill Records founder and GRAMMY winning producer Will Ackerman. Overseen by Will and producer/engineer extraordinaire Tom Eaton, the album also features accompaniment by a number of world-class musicians from Will’s exclusive roster of top studio players.

The opening track, an 8-minute piece called “As We Left,” begins with an extended solo piano intro that has a pensive, searching quality to it, which opens up after a couple minutes into a brighter space, like the sun breaking through the clouds. Angelo’s lovely dancing melody and adept performance on the piano is perfectly complimented by the outstanding musicians who accompanied him. Lively up-tempo piano arpeggios begin a track called “Remember” that also features Will Ackerman himself on guitar, the ethereal vocals of frequent collaborator Noah Wilding, Charlie Bisharat, who played with Yanni and John Tesh on violin, bassist Tony Levin who plays with Peter Gabriel, and percussion by Tom Eaton and Jeff Haynes of the Pat Metheney Group. The piece has a triumphant soaring feel that leaves the listener feeling uplifted and energized.

The next two songs are graced with a special guest appearance by one of my very favorite musicians on the planet, Jeff Oster, whose unusually ambient applications of the flugelhorn are in a class by themselves and add a spectral presence to any song they accompany. The album concludes with a solo piano piece called “Just Before,” that is a real showcase for the incredibly expressive and emotionally evocative nature of Angelo’s playing. There is a wonderful relationship between notes and space that reveal his ability to tell a story in sound in a more understated manner. I was impressed by his technical virtuosity and moved by the emotional energy of his melodies. On “Songs Of Leaving,” Angelo has surrounded himself with stellar musicians and producers to most fully animate his musical vision. While this is his first foray into the contemporary instrumental genre, I’m sure it won’t be his last as listeners tune into the evocative stories in song from this gifted artist.

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

Darla Bower
Angelo Rapân began his musical journey at the early age of 4 being tutored by his Mother, a classical musician. At the age of 6 he was accepted into the prestigious George Enescu Music Academy in his native Romania. In Romania when Angelo was thirteen, his parents encouraged him to continue his studies in Spain when the political climate worsened in Romania. Up until this time he had studied near his family. He went on to earn a degree in Music Performance at Conservatoir Royal de Bruxelles in Belgium and continued in the classical music field in both Europe and the US. Mr. Rapân has a very versatile and interesting music background worthy of further inquiry.

His unique musical journey spans several countries. This journey is coupled with an impressive music repertoire that far extends his classical roots. Woven throughout this album I could hear the influence of several masters such as Rachmaninov coupled with the emotionality of Chopin. Out of life experiences and collaboration with the acclaimed production/engineering team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, Songs of Leaving was created.

According to Mr. Rapân, his inspiration for Songs of Leaving was nature, mountain folk tales when visiting his Grandparents in Transylvania, and life experiences. His music tells an enchanting piano story. What an amazing journey this classical pianist has embarked on in his life and this journey is beautifully portrayed in his debut album. The album begins with the soul encompassing piece As We Left. This haunting solo piano piece becomes a moving melodic ensemble that includes cello, bass and lyricon. Each instrument lending to the tapestry of this musical delight. The contrasting ending was surprising.

As We Left ended up being one of my favorites on the album. It was very expressive and compelling. The Light In Kristin’s Eyes is also profoundly stirring and heart-wrenching. The haunting melody gives a strong sense of passion and leaves the listener in a hopeful reverie longing to hear more of his piano story. Remember is my next favorite on the album. Constant allegro motion coupled with the vocals of Noah Wilding, percussion and strings exudes a livelier feel. This piece features many talented musicians and leaves the listener feeling energized and ready to conquer the day.

Prayer is another favorite on the album. The intro really beckoned to me as the listener, reeling me in note by note. I could feel the melody breathing between each note. This song really spoke to me. I loved the pensive pauses woven delicately throughout this piece and the gentle ending into the upper register. Absolutely stunning! My next favorite is Whispering of the Forest. The gentle intro lulls the listener into thinking it will be another reflective piece and surprise here comes the uptake in tempo. The flugelhorn and percussion uplifts the song to a soaring height then spins into a triumphal progression. Loved the contrast of this song. Finally, the beautiful debut album ends with Just Before. The last piece boasts a beautiful breathtaking melody and ended up being my absolute favorite! It’s spectacular!

The whole album is incredible from start to finish and showcases a brilliant musician. According to Angelo, improvisation was a key element in the creation of the album. As an artist, Angelo reveals a tonal portrait which is accredited to the masters in piano and contemporary instrumental with poignant tone and pleasing structure. Well done and I look forward to more from this incredible artist. I very highly recommend this album and proclaim it as one of my favorites this year. You will not be disappointed in this masterpiece.
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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Songs of Leaving will be the light at the end of the tunnel
Angelo Râpan has created a beautifully composed album titled Songs of Leaving. My introduction to this finely crafted recording was the track “Remember” which was featured on our Rate The Tracks site.

I was moved by this music, it hit me square in the heart. I thought about the title of the album then the tone and atmosphere of every track. If you listen carefully, the pace of each song can relate to something or someone leaving. Whether it be walking at a brisk pace or slowly turning back with a tear in one’s eye, or just cruising down a highway with a view of the coast …There is a song for each mood and place in time.

Angelo transfers his heart and soul through his incredibly talented fingers then creates music with the piano that is simply amazing. For the most part it is just the piano however you will hear a few different instruments peppered here and there such as the violin which can be an excellent companion of the piano. You will hear new age instrumental and classical influences coming through at every turn, and it is a wonderful mixture of sound and textures.

Once again I find myself at a loss to single out any one track that stands out above the rest as the entire album is superb from start to finish. The reason I say this is because each track seamlessly flows into the next. What this artist accomplishes within 8 tracks is like a moving musical storybook. Even though each one is different it ties into the next like a patchwork quilt with many colors and distinct purpose.

If you are in the mood for some soothing instrumental music to take the edge off and have the ability to really take stock of your inner most feelings and thoughts, Songs For Leaving will be the light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps what it all means is that you can leave whatever it is that is preoccupying you behind and totally immerse yourself in this music. Whatever meaning you find in this music will certainly take you in a positive direction. It is worth several listens and I would be willing to bet will become one of your favorite instrumental albums to relax to this year.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: ALL

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-New Age Music Reviews Founder
September 26, 2015
Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Although "Songs of Leaving" is Angelo Rapan’s debut album in the “contemporary instrumental music” category, music and the piano have been a very big part of his life from the very beginning. Born in Romania to a mother who was a classical musician herself, Angelo and his sister started music lessons at a very early age. Angelo was accepted by the prestigious George Enescu Music Academy at the age of six. At twelve, he won the first piano competition he entered, which was at the national level, and went on to win several others in Romania, Spain, and Belgium. The political climate worsened in Romania when Angelo was thirteen and his parents encouraged him to continue his studies in Spain. That meant leaving his family, but he went on to earn a degree in Music Performance at Conservatoir Royal de Bruxelles in Belgium and continued in the classical music field in both Europe and the US. Rapan has served as musical director for a variety of organizations in Belgium, New York, Hong Kong, and his adopted home of Memphis, TN. His musical repertoire reaches far beyond his classical roots, encompassing musical theater, opera, dance, Argentinian tango, world music, and now contemporary instrumental music of a “reflective, soothing nature.” Songs of Leaving was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios and was produced by Will Ackerman. Some of the eight tracks are solo piano and some include some of the stellar studio musicians who appear on many of Ackerman’s productions. This is one of those albums that moves me to the core, and I’m sure Songs of Leaving will be one of my Favorites for the year, if not the decade.

"Songs of Leaving" begins with the soul-stirring “As We Left,” a lyrical 8+ minute piece that begins as a flowing piano solo and becomes an ensemble piece for piano, cello, lyricon, and more - a gorgeous start! “The Light in Kristin’s Eyes” is a deeply passionate piano solo that refers to the look of hope in Rapan’s wife’s eyes as she opened them for the first time after suffering a massive stroke. Even without knowing that story, anyone who hears this piece should profoundly touched. “Remember” is much lighter, livelier and in constant motion. Light percussion, strings, and Noah Wilding’s haunting voice add tonal colors and make this heartfelt piece soar. “Places in Our Heart” is an ensemble piece that defines the words “soothing” and “peaceful.” At ten minutes, it has plenty of time to go in different directions, adding different musicians’ interpretations along the way. “Prayer” is an emotional and honest piano solo that reveals much about the composer - beautiful! “Whispering Of the Forest” begins slowly and then picks up the tempo with percussion and the soulful flugel horn of Jeff Oster. Oster also appears on “Looking Back At the Sky,” a pensive and reflective piece made even more haunting with Oster’s contributions. The closing track, Just Before,” is a graceful yet mysterious piano solo that will have you hitting the “repeat” button - breathtaking!

There are a lot of wonderful pianists in the world, but few have the magical and soulful touch of Angelo Rapan. I hope this is just the beginning of an amazing new career for him! I give "Songs of Leaving" my highest recommendation!
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