Bronwyn Edwards Cryer | The Gift

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The Gift

by Bronwyn Edwards Cryer

Brilliant, cascading, Christmas holiday favorites passionately performed by pianist Bronwyn Edwards Cryer on a 1911 Baldwin grand piano, features two-pianos on some tracks.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy
3:30 album only
2. Silent Night / Theme from the New World Symphony
3:41 album only
3. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
4:14 album only
4. Carol of the Bells Medley
4:58 album only
5. O Holy Night
4:48 album only
6. White Christmas
2:44 album only
7. Christmas Boats
2:45 album only
8. Gesu Bambino / O Come All Ye Faithful
3:38 album only
9. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
1:50 album only
10. Prelude in C / Ave Maria
2:14 album only
11. I'll Be Home for Christmas
3:44 album only
12. Little Drummer Boy
3:11 album only
13. Sanctus (Holy)
2:49 album only


Album Notes
Visualize a warm fire, the aroma of spice, the laughter of friends and family, a freshly hewn evergreen tree lavishly decorated with lights, tinsel and family heirlooms. Delight in listening to the sounds of cascading chords, dancing around favorite Holiday tunes, the rich vibrations flowing from a lovingly restored 1911 Baldwin grand piano.

“The Gift” is the perfect backdrop to a romantic Christmas Eve, a traditional family dinner, or a store filled with excited Holiday gift seekers. “The Gift” makes a great gift, with music ranging from the classical sounds of J.S. Bach, Dvorak and Faure, to more contemporary favorites such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and an original composition entitled “Christmas Boats.”

Bronwyn Edwards Cryer performs with passion and technical brilliance, and many of the tracks feature 2 pianos, providing a rich tapestry of sounds. This CD is unique and timeless, artistically presented, musically uplifting. Experience the joy of “The Gift.”

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Born in Sydney, Australia, Bronwyn Edwards Cryer has been playing piano since she was 7 years old. The recipient of multiple awards for piano performance by the time she was 11 years old, she has continued to perform, teach, compose, record and arrange music in many genres and performs solo as a pianist, a singer/songwriter, and as a duo with songwriting partner Tam Katzin of Light Euphoric. She continues to freelance as a pianist/singer for a number of Seattle area bands. Bron has staked out a reputation as a show producer, with her successful concert series “Red Piano,” where she writes, produces, directs, and promotes her own show, supported by a loyal band of highly talented musicians, many of them recording artists and successful performers in their own right.

She has previously released three CDs of different genres -("Late Bloomer" (2004), "She Loves the Rain" (2005) and "Transformations" (2007) - all available on CDBaby), and has written music for a number of other recordings and humanitarian projects. “The Gift,” a collection of her favorite holiday music performed passionately on her 1911 Baldwin Grand Piano, is her newest release. Bron is married and has a 17-year-old daughter.

Following are the notes from "The Gift" CD:

“The Gift” has a different meaning for each of us. Yes, I was given “the gift” of music, for which I am truly grateful. At Christmas time, to many people, Christ is the The Gift. For those who do not celebrate the religious significance of Christmas, there is the traditional exchange of Gifts during the holiday season. Then there is the other great gift—the gift of Love. Love is what makes us human. Love makes us unique. Love is truly our Gift to one another.

Recently my dear friend Joyce suggested that I record a holiday CD on piano only. Singer-songwriter that I like to think that I am, it never occurred to me to just sit down and play the piano as a solo instrument. Then when an opportunity opened up to perform on my piano at the Seattle International Airport for nine days prior to Christmas, Joyce’s suggestion made a lot of sense. So this is a very spontaneous project! I would like to thank my producer Mark Miller for taking one day out of his busy schedule at
extremely short notice, just prior to his marriage, to come to my home and record my 1911 Baldwin grand piano. Both of us had a fairly tight calendar with vacations looming, and so we agreed on October 18 for our recording day. With our preparation complete, Mark set up his recording gear in my living room and vroom!—out of nowhere blew a furious windstorm in Seattle. Just as I was warmed up and in full swing the lights in my living room flickered, and the power was gone.

Incredulous that such inspired planning should be interrupted by Mother Nature, I called my husband Randy to tell him what happened, and Mark and I hung out for a couple of hours anxiously watching the trees in my front yard bending to the will of the storm, with hope for completing our project on our only available day fading with every powerless minute.

Around 4:30 in the afternoon, Randy surprised us with a generator, bless his heart. He managed to check out of Home Depot just as their lights flickered and their power went out. Then he drove all over West Seattle trying to find a gas station that had power so he could fuel the generator. And the moment he walked in the front door, as if on cue, the power magically returned, and the generator was no longer needed. So with the fury of the wind providing the ambience, we continued recording The Gift until late in the night.

If you listen to the CD on headphones, you may be able to hear the ambient sounds of the windstorm!



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