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Reflections

by Brian Hagen

This album contains twenty-one beautifully rendered classical solo piano pieces for your moments of peace and relaxation.
Genre: Classical: Keyboard Music
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1. Arietta in E-Flat, Op. 12, No. 1
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2. Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36 No.1: II
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3. Consolation in D-Flat, S.172
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4. Sarabande, HWV 437
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5. Sonatina in G Major, Op. 36, No. 2: II
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6. El Choclo (A.G. Villoldo, Arr. By Brian Hagen)
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7. Little Prelude in F Major, BWV 927
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8. Mazurka, Op. 67 No. 2
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9. Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36 No. 3: II
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10. Minuet in D Minor, BWV Anhang 132
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11. Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13: II. Adagio Cantabile
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12. Minuet in G Minor, BWV Anhang 115
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13. Phantom (Grieg, Arr. Brian Hagen)
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14. Sailor's Song, Op. 68 No. 1
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15. Prelude in C Major, BWV 846
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16. Sonata K. 213
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17. Song Without Words (C. Reinecke, Op. 183 No. 1, Arr. By Brian Hagen)
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18. Tango (I. Albeniz, Op. 165 No. 2, Arr. By Brian Hagen)
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19. Sonatina in F Major, Op. 36 No. 4 : II
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20. Tristesse (Chopin, Op. 10, No. 3, Arr. By Brian Hagen)
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21. The Swan (Saint-Saens, Arr. By Brian Hagen)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This collection contains a combination of twenty-one literal and custom
renditions of great solo piano classical pieces, carefully selected and
ordered for a very relaxing listening experience. Their introspective and
sometimes whimsical natures range from the Baroque to the Modern
eras, and all were recorded on a beautiful, high-performance grand
piano. The list of composers ranges from such familiar names as
Bach and Grieg to more esoteric names such as Villoldo and Albeniz.

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Darla Bower

Reviewed by Enlightened Piano Radio
Reflections is a collection of 21 relatively short classical pieces. Most of the pieces are played as written with the artist rearranging six of the classical selections. Several favorites are included on this CD and also some surprisingly delightful lesser-known pieces are also featured. Selections are included from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic era and in no particular order which I prefer. This collection reflects a skilled and versatile classical musician with many abilities in music. So it’s no surprise this artist is classically trained! The artist’s touch is gentle and expressive. Emotiveness is expressed and is felt by the listener in each piece. My favorite composer is represented on this CD by two different selections of Chopin. This CD opens with Arietta in Eb Op.12 No. 1 by E. Grieg; which is representative of the Romantic era and is one of my favorites of this collection. What a beautiful piece indeed and I had nearly forgotten about it. Thank you for reminding me! I love the gentle expression the artist portrays in this piece.
My next favorite is the rearrangement of El Choclo by A.G. Villoldo. I loved the playful introduction in this piece giving a staccato expression of playfulness and joy. This playfulness and joy is felt throughout this tango. I really enjoyed it. It’s important to note that Villoldo is credited as being one of the pioneers of the tango.
My next favorites are the two selections of Chopin. Mazurka Op. 7 No. 2 and Tristesse. Chopin is referred to as the “poet of the piano” by many. The artful poetry displayed by Mr. Hagen is felt in both of these pieces. Tristesse showcases the gentle touch of Hagen in his thoughtful arrangement while the Mazurka displays the stately yet elegant touch of this versatile artist. I found each Chopin piece evocative in its own element.
Another delightful surprise was Sonata K. 213 by D. Scarlatti. This piece is very reminiscent of the Baroque era. Scarlatti, the Italian composer is well represented in this song by Mr. Hagen. He masterfully performs it with both precision and charm. The interpretation and presentation of these great works are simply divine for any classical music lover. A direct quote from his artist page on CD Baby says: Mr. Hagen believes that “with or without words, well-made music tells a story”. I wholeheartedly agree. Though Reflections is without words, each charming pieces tells a story in this varied classical collection of emotiveness and accomplishment. Therefore, Reflections is highly recommended. It is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. I think you will enjoy this classical collection of piano solos!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Reflections" is a collection of twenty-one relatively short classical piano solos performed by Brian Hagen. Most of the pieces are played as written, but Hagen did some arranging on six of them. Most, if not all, of the pieces were composed pre-20th century and many are often used for teaching piano students (no “Fur Elise” or “Canon in D” - these pieces aren’t THAT familiar!). None of the pieces are overly heavy or flashy, making this an excellent companion for a variety of quieter moments in life. Hagen’s piano touch is natural and very expressive, and on some of the pieces that he arranged, it is also playful. Classically-trained from a very young age through college as a piano music major, Hagen has a lifetime of experience with this music along with jazz, rock, and improvisation. He currently performs classical music twice a week during brunch at an upscale restaurant in Madison, WI.

The collection includes selections from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, but are not performed in chronological order. In fact, the time periods bounce around quite dramatically, which I find very enjoyable - and it makes playing “Name That Tune” or “Name That Composer” a bit more of a challenge. From the Baroque era, there are pieces by Scarlatti (1), Bach (4) and Handel (1). From the Classical era, Clementi (4) and Beethoven (1). From the Romantic, Grieg (3), Chopin (2), and one each by Liszt, Saint-Saens, Villoldo, Reinecke, and Albeniz.

As much as I love many of these pieces in their original form, I have to admit to especially liking the pieces Hagen arranged. “El Choclo” by Villoldo is a familiar tango imbued with a light and playful touch and even some humor. “Phantom” by Grieg has a graceful flow and a gentle, lyrical melody that is absolutely gorgeous (I’m on my way to the bookcase to see if I have the sheet music for this one!). “Tango” by Albeniz is also playful and humorous in some places, elegant in others - an interesting combination that works well in this case! “Tristesse” by Chopin shows Hagen’s touch at its most tender - a wonderful performance and arrangement! Saint-Saens’ “The Swan” has always been one of my favorites, and I love Hagen’s expressive arrangement. It’s a lovely way to end the album!

If you like classical piano solos that are relaxing and on the soft side, I think you’ll really like "Reflections." Recommended!
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