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The Sunflower Waltz

by Anne Trenning

Anne Trenning's fourth collection includes ten melodically and rhythmically diverse new pieces and solo piano re-imaginings of six previously released songs. Lively and upbeat, thoughtful and meditative…a wealth of melodic character and nuance.
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1. Max's Birthday
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2. The Sunflower Waltz
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3. Claire of My Heart
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4. Just Fly
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5. Fade to Blue
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6. Letting Go
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7. Cowgirl Daydream
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8. In the Gloaming Light
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9. Sing to the Lord
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10. Backyard Dreamer
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11. Where Rivers Run
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12. Days Gone By
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13. Ben's Song
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14. How Fair My Love
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15. The Welcome Song
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16. A Prayer for the World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Anne Trenning is a composer and pianist releasing her fourth recording of original compositions. This time she goes it alone, performing solo. “The Sunflower Waltz” is a stunning collection of solo piano melodies crafted on one of the finest pianos in the world, the Shigeru Kawai. Envisioned and recorded at Piano Haven Studio, this superb compilation highlights the power of a singular instrument to evoke a spectrum of emotions. Lively and upbeat, thoughtful and meditative, the music presents a wealth of melodic character and nuance. The majority of the selections are in the 3:00 minute range, accounting for a lively yet diverse repertoire.

“Trenning’s control of tonal shading and nuance is stellar…”
Bill Binkelman of Wind and Wire

“Anne has gifted us with sixteen original piano solos…”
Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano

“A showcase for Anne’s technical virtuosity at the piano…”
Michael Diamond of Music and Media Focus

“This is a pianist whose writing and playing have a wonderful sense of line and flow.”
All Music Guide

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While pianist/composer Anne Trenning has featured a variety of accompanists on some of her previous albums, on this fourth release, “The Sunflower Waltz,” she has decided to fly solo. This album is envisioned as a "greatest hits" assemblage, offering ten new selections, and six previously released compositions interpreted as solo piano productions. Anne’s music and influences are diverse. A classically oriented feel is reflected in the album’s up-tempo title track. This piece is a showcase for Anne’s technical virtuosity on the piano, as well as her expressiveness.

A wonderful example of how brilliantly Anne is able to express an ineffable feeling in her music is on a track called “Just Fly.” With it’s left hand ostinato bass, juxtaposed against a floating right hand melodic line, the piece conveys a feeling of uncertainty and wondering, but also a sense of relief in knowing that it will work out eventually. I was deeply moved by the album’s closing track entitled “A Prayer For The World.” It’s a heartfelt piece that exemplifies one of the qualities I was most impressed by in Anne’s composing – the use of space and pauses to accentuate the melody. Sometimes having the vision of when “not” to play is as important as the notes themselves, and Anne has a finely tuned sense of that distinction.

There is a subtle sense of spirituality in the music of Anne Trenning that is quietly felt like a gentle breeze on a summer’s day. This intangible quality is perceived almost subliminally, yet is communicated in a very real way. “The Sunflower Waltz” is a gorgeous album filled with colors and contrasts, moods and melodies, to delight the ear of anyone fortunate enough to hear it. While this was my first exposure to Anne Trenning’s elegant music, I am most certain that it won’t be my last.

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

From MainlyPiano
"The Sunflower Waltz" is the fourth album by pianist/composer Anne Trenning, and the first since her 2009 "Watching For Rain." Her previous albums contained a number of ensemble works, but this time Anne has gifted us with sixteen original piano solos. A few of the tracks are solo arrangements of pieces from earlier albums while others appear here for the first time. A classically-trained pianist and organist from an early age, Trenning continued her music studies through college, although she didn’t start composing until after graduation. Drawing on life experiences as the inspiration for her music, Trenning’s compositions carry a wide range of emotions, but on her latest, the pieces are mostly warm and happy. For me, sunflowers have always been symbolic of simplicity, innocence, and joy, and that’s a pretty decent description of this album overall. Played with confidence and an expressive touch, the music is strong yet gentle, simple yet complex, sometimes with Celtic influences and sometimes pure Americana. Recorded and engineered at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ, the sound of Joe’s Shigeru Kawai grand is clear, clean, and warm.

"The Sunflower Waltz" begins with “Max’s Birthday,” a sweet and gentle piece that expresses love as well as happiness - a great start! The title track swirls and dances around the piano keyboard with a light touch and joyful abandon. “Fade to Blue” is quite a bit more subdued, but in a dreamy, reflective sense rather than sad or “blue.” I really like the soft, misty feeling of this piece and the graceful way that Trenning expresses herself. “Cowgirl Daydream” has a nostalgic and old-fashioned feeling as if it came from a Western movie from decades ago. Wistful with a sense of innocence and simpler times, it’s a charmer! “In the Gloaming Light” is also nostalgic, but for a time long ago in faraway places. If you need an antidote to all of the stresses of your day, look no further than “Backyard Dreamer.” Relaxed yet structured and melodic, the warmth and simplicity of this piece is like a mental massage. One of my favorites is “Where Rivers Run,” a graceful, gently-flowing piece that expresses peace and serenity - beautiful! “The Welcome Song” has a hymn-like quality that is melodic and really needs no words to express its meaning. “A Prayer For the World” closes the album with a heartfelt message of hope and healing.

" The Sunflower Waltz" is highly recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

From One World Music Radio
Anne Trenning is a name that has been familiar to me for quite some time, people have often mentioned her albums to me, and so with a happy heart, I now have Sunflower Waltz playing away on my head phones, while I give my thoughts to you dear constant reader, on the album.
Always start with a statement and Trenning does that on the opening piece called Max’s Birthday, a good balance of lightness and thoughtfulness has gone into this composition, but it’s a happy piece that sets our scene for this sojourn with the artist.
The title track Sunflower Waltz flows with complete passion, but Trenning has created something quite clever here, this composition has a real sense of warmth about it, her confident style is impressive, as is the very core of this composition to create such imagery, one can literally see the flower dancing in the summer wind.
Claire of My Heart has a subtle Celtic lilt to its arrangement and a narrative that is so very charming, and Just Fly is a piece that you will fall in love with, the tempo and gentleness is simply beautiful and seems to just travel along with you in a very calming way.
The ranks of the solo piano genre are busting to the seams, to get noticed you have to have that extra special spark, Trenning seems to have that in abundance, listen to the utterly stunning Fade to Blue and you will see what I mean, I found this piece deeply moving, the melody of emotive content was performed with a real sense of love.
This theme is one that continues to arise, Letting Go, I have had to do a lot of this for a while now and I guess, it’s a constant to those of us who understand the word and bring about change to a higher level. Anne Trenning puts into music, this emotive moment of realisation, with a style and grace.
Trenning’s ability to change course in mid-stream with ease is proven here, with the slow and with an almost jazzy, country motif on Cowgirl Dream, and then revisits the Celtic with the piece In The Gloaming Light, then, with a deft hand guides, us into a slow but quite respectful composition called Sing To the Lord.
Deep into the second half of Sunflower Waltz, we find a delicate number called Backyard Dreamer, this is a track that has something about it that will really allow the memories of a childhood past come to the forefront of your mind and perhaps even leave you with a smile of a happy yesteryear moment shared.
Now the next piece called Where the Rivers Run really resonated with me, the melody reminded me of the song Play Me by Neil Diamond and as one who sings in the style of mister Diamond, I found this a very pleasurable arrangement to enjoy.
An opportunity to really move the listener is now upon us and Trenning completes that with a really lovely song called Days Gone By. There is a really powerful resonance to be found here that I am sure you will enjoy.
It’s no wonder Trenning is turning heads with this release, it’s packed with memorable compositions like the celebratory Bens Song and the gentle and almost caressing How Fair My Love.
Our penultimate piece is called The Welcome Song, There is a wonderful sense of remembrance here, but again Trenning manifests such warmth in her compositions, this is truly is one of those songs you would welcome one into your house with and let them sit by your fire to warm from the cold whilst enjoying the soft and peaceful tones of the piano.
Our journey with Anne Trenning comes to an end with a composition called Prayer for the World, this is somewhat timely, but anything positive to bring peace to this very fearful world is of course very gratefully received.
Sunflower Waltz is an album that the legions of fans of the solo piano genre will absolutely lap up, Anne Trenning has poured her heart and soul into this work and it shows.
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Serge Kozlovsky

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What words come to the mind when this music begins to sound? This is a pure piano and this is a pure joy. The music of Anne Trenning is filled with such emotional experiences that it arouses an immediate response from the listener. It touches the soul very deeply and goes to the true essence of the human being.

Anne Trenning is a diverse pianist. Her music contains a lot of tiny nuances which colorize her melodies and turn them into a motley carpet of aerial harmonies. There is some kind of a magical force in Anne’s music. It bewitches you and transports you into the wonderful world where all doors are open and all roads stretch into the unknown and they lead to something deeply beautiful.

“The Sunflower Waltz” is one of the most captivating and powerful albums which I listened to in recent times. It will undoubtedly be on the first positions in various charts and win many awards. This release is already a fourth collection which includes ten melodically and rhythmically diverse new pieces and solo piano re-imaginings of six previously released songs. And all these compositions are listened to in one breath.

The music of Anne Trenning is a straight communication from heart to heart. It brings a very strong purifying effect and fills the listener’s soul with love and light. There is much optimism in the music of Anne Trenning. And the sincerity is one of the most important features of her music.

I’d like to say a little about the sounding of the album “The Sunflower Waltz”. Anne Trenning plays a Shigeru Kawai Piano which really is one of the World’s Most Finely Crafted Instruments. When you listen to this album you hear perfect harmonies.

Make a small gift for yourself, just start to listen to the elegant music of Anne Trenning and you will realize how all the worries and anxieties of your day go away and only the beauty of the artist’s music will remain with you and help you to open your heart for new wonderful adventures which all in reality are life…

I think the main feature of the “The Sunflower Waltz” - the music of Anne Trenning is the music of the spiritual being.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"The Sunflower Waltz" is the fourth album by pianist/composer Anne Trenning, and the first since her 2009 "Watching For Rain." Her previous albums contained a number of ensemble works, but this time Anne has gifted us with sixteen original piano solos. A few of the tracks are solo arrangements of pieces from earlier albums while others appear here for the first time. A classically-trained pianist and organist from an early age, Trenning continued her music studies through college, although she didn’t start composing until after graduation. Drawing on life experiences as the inspiration for her music, Trenning’s compositions carry a wide range of emotions, but on her latest, the pieces are mostly warm and happy. For me, sunflowers have always been symbolic of simplicity, innocence, and joy, and that’s a pretty decent description of this album overall. Played with confidence and an expressive touch, the music is strong yet gentle, simple yet complex, sometimes with Celtic influences and sometimes pure Americana. Recorded and engineered at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ, the sound of Joe’s Shigeru Kawai grand is clear, clean, and warm.

"The Sunflower Waltz" begins with “Max’s Birthday,” a sweet and gentle piece that expresses love as well as happiness - a great start! The title track swirls and dances around the piano keyboard with a light touch and joyful abandon. “Fade to Blue” is quite a bit more subdued, but in a dreamy, reflective sense rather than sad or “blue.” I really like the soft, misty feeling of this piece and the graceful way that Trenning expresses herself. “Cowgirl Daydream” has a nostalgic and old-fashioned feeling as if it came from a Western movie from decades ago. Wistful with a sense of innocence and simpler times, it’s a charmer! “In the Gloaming Light” is also nostalgic, but for a time long ago in faraway places. If you need an antidote to all of the stresses of your day, look no further than “Backyard Dreamer.” Relaxed yet structured and melodic, the warmth and simplicity of this piece is like a mental massage. One of my favorites is “Where Rivers Run,” a graceful, gently-flowing piece that expresses peace and serenity - beautiful! “The Welcome Song” has a hymn-like quality that is melodic and really needs no words to express its meaning. “A Prayer For the World” closes the album with a heartfelt message of hope and healing.

"The Sunflower Waltz" is highly recommended!
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