Brian Hagen | You're the One

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You're the One

by Brian Hagen

This album is about forms of love including compassion, friendship, sympathy, and romance.
Genre: New Age: Adult Alternative
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1. You're the One
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2. By the Limpid Stream
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3. Nocturne
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4. Contemplation
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5. Sonatina Opus 168
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6. Fantasie
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7. Lonesome Road
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8. Sonatina Werke Ohne Opuszahl #50
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9. Afternoon Waltz
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10. Let It Flow
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11. Now and Forever
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12. Autumn Afternoon Homecoming
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13. Kleine Studie
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14. Sunflower
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As I I began final editing on this project, a common theme emerged: one to express the many forms that love can take. The pieces cover moods such as friendship, family affection, joy, sorrow, grief, happiness, empathy, intimacy, and compassion. Since love can bring us up or down, and because it can involve so many areas of our lives, the sequence of the pieces expresses a journey from light through shadows, and then back into the light.

"Love is a friendship set to music." — E. Joseph Cossman

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Darla Bower

Reviewed by Enlightened Piano Radio
"You're The One" is the fourth release by artist Brian Hagen and has 14 tracks. Tracks 1, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 are original compositions. The other seven tracks are classical pieces by several different composers. One thing I admire about this artist is his ability to play a variety of styles from original to classical and jazz. Brian shared with me that during the final recording sessions, a theme for the album emerged though not necessarily intentional. The cover was designed by his fiancée and true love Carly. Many of the tracks tell the story of how love affects people in different ways and his interpretation of that. The album musically expresses the way love can bring joy, happiness, sadness, heartbreak and even grieving.
The album begins with the title track, You’re The One. The song is a love story of when Brian and his fiancée met on that first day. It truly was love at first sight, not just a cliché. The sweet and pleasing melody represents that sentiment perfectly and tells of a genuine love story. It was very expressive and coaxes the listener to want more. My next favorite on the album was Nocturne, a piece by Alexander Borodin theme from String Quartet #2. I really loved the arrangement Hagen did of the piece. The dynamics are expressive and precise. The keys at the hands of this skilled artist express a gentle persuasion that lends to a breathtaking musical indulgence. Ended up being one of my favorites as well. There are many classical pieces by various composers included on this enchanting CD, make sure you don’t miss them!
Lonesome Road ended up being my absolute favorite jazzy number on the album. I love the combination of the jazz and soulful riffs of this catchy melody. The artist shared with me that this piece represented loneliness he felt at a time in his life and the piano a comforting companion of expression. Loved the trills and the stark intro and ending. Really felt the sentiment and meaning of Lonesome Road. Loved it!
Let It Flow was my next favorite on the album. The song represents having sympathy for someone who is experiencing intense grief. It musically captures a moment the artist personally witnessed of a someone he didn’t know openly sharing his grief. The song he said tells the story when you may feel helpless how to respond and the song wrote itself. Very moving and touching melody. What a beautiful moment in time.
The album closes with Sunflower and I absolutely LOVED this one! During the improv section of a tune he was performing by Oscar Peterson, Hagen said he began to change the chords and then let the progression flow. This was the magical result. I did love the chords in this one. The intro is bright, and the chords set the tone for a very happy mood for the listener. Couldn’t quit listening to it on repeat. Brilliant!
You’re The One is a poetic blend of original, classical and jazz. I found the combination to be very relaxing and colorful. The fusion of these different styles woven throughout just works in the flow of the album. Pieces by composers such as Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schumann are featured and are captivating. A perfect CD for cheerful unwinding and a welcomed addition to any musical collection. I highly recommend it.

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