Charles Denler | One Drop Became an Ocean

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One Drop Became an Ocean

by Charles Denler

Graceful instrumentals featuring solo piano and chamber orchestra
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. A Fair Wind Home
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2. Dreaming Oceans
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3. One Drop Became an Ocean
3:36 album only
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4. In the Shadow of Angels
2:40 album only
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5. Whispering Sea
2:04 album only
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6. Rolling Thunder
2:21 album only
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7. Ice Crystals
1:58 album only
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8. Dancing Light
2:53 album only
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9. Catching Rain
2:34 album only
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10. Whispering Seas
2:22 album only
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11. The Water Garden II
3:16 album only
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12. Castles in the Sand
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13. The Spring
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14. The Seventh Wave
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

A suite of water music recorded during some my many wonderful sessions with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. I have spent most of my life living on or near water. Many of my mornings are found strolling under the massive cotton wood trees that reside by the streams and lakes of Colorado. When I walk along a river, or sit in front of a lake or a vast sea, I am reminded that even a single drop of hope can become an ocean.

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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Charles Denler is a Colorado-based pianist and composer with numerous film and television scores and thousands of concert performances to his credit. The follow-up to his widely-acclaimed Moment of Dawn album, One Drop Became An Ocean is a sublimely elegant collection of fourteen compositions spanning thirty-six minutes, which were recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Described as “a water suite for piano and chamber orchestra”, the album was inspired by Denler having spent most of his life living near water, and effectively conveys the scenic beauty of rivers, springs, fountains, oceans and rain with a seemingly poetic tone.

Among many things that I immensely appreciate about this album, as with others that take its approach, is the accompaniment of live orchestration as opposed to the artist using synthesizers to mimic classical instruments. Alternately shifting from boldly cinematic and sweeping to minimal chamber passages throughout, Denler creates many aural contrasts, as he perfectly illustrates the water element in its full capacity ranging from dramatic power to the deepest of calm.

Some highlights include “Dreaming Oceans”, a piece that aptly illustrates a tranquil sea after dark, as it employs minimal nuances and plenty of breathing room between the echoing resonance of each piano note. Many of the album’s subtler pieces follow in this vein and are typically among my favorites. The title track, “One Drop Became An Ocean”, imparts a rolling undercurrent and drifty piano notes in tandem with softly swaying strings. “In the Shadow of Angels” ensues with minimal piano, brushes of chimes and a suspension of strings that eventually erupt into powerful orchestration and celestial choirs, as it seemingly illustrates that of an undersea kingdom teaming with life. I’m also particularly fond of “Whispering Sea”, a most haunting passage with a repeating piano motif throughout, which exudes an elemental sensuality veiled in an atmosphere of secrecy. Another favorite is “Ice Crystals”, a contemplative number which effectively reminds us that ice and snow are also water, as it seemingly paints a frozen landscape that’s beautifully expressed by crystalline piano textures. “The Seventh Wave” is a gloriously cinematic closer that effectively illustrates an oceanic expanse as viewed from above, with the sight of dolphins riding on waves amidst its great blue majesty.

A heartfelt ode to the aquatic realm, hearing this album often reminded me of being in a dome theatre and experiencing the adventure unfolding all around me. Likely to appeal to many fans of new age, neoclassical and film score music, One Drop Became An Ocean is simply a masterful work of prepossessing elegance!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"One Drop Became An Ocean" expresses the grace, peace and timelessness of any large body of water, where change is constant and yet it remains unchanged and eternal (we hope!). Subtitled “A Water Suite for Piano and Chamber Orchestra,” the music is also symbolic of how one drop of hope can grow and expand. Charles Denler and his piano along with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra have created a sparkling masterpiece that is not to be missed! Denler is a prolific composer who has more television and film credits and music awards than I have room to list. Like his previous award-winning release, "Moment At Dawn" (2016), this album combines classical symphonic and new age stylings into a sound that is elegant and substantial, but also peaceful and soothing. Large bodies of water can provide the most tranquil of settings, but they can also turn raging and deadly. I know that I am not alone in that I feel the most centered walking along the beach, watching the ebb and flow of the waves. While there is turbulence in a few of the fourteen tracks, the overall mood of the music is beautiful, serene and magnificent.

"One Drop Became An Ocean" begins with “A Fair Wind Home,” a piece for piano, strings, and chorus. Light and breezy, it’s a warm introductory prelude. “Dreaming Oceans” is a freely-flowing piano solo that is both calming and peaceful. The title track begins with just the piano expressing the slow, steady rhythm of droplets of water. Strings enter for a passage, and then just the piano, keeping an even rhythm. At the peak, there is full instrumentation and then a return to the steady but constant piano - gorgeous! The visual and cinematic “In the Shadow of Angels” goes from dramatic full orchestration to quiet and ethereal piano and strings. Poignant, haunting and definitely a favorite! “Whispering Sea” is a powerful piano solo with the emotional impact of Chopin at his most evocative. “Rolling Thunder” is a very “big” piece with full orchestration, choir, and piano. It has its quiet moments, but this is the darkest and most turbulent of the pieces in the Suite. The sparkling and shimmering “Ice Crystals” is a delicate but chilly piano solo. “Whispering Seas” is an orchestral arrangement of “Whispering Sea,” and while the melody is the same, the impact is quite different. “The Water Garden II” beautifully illustrates the peaceful movement of water in a pond or small lake from small ripples spiraling outward to light dancing on the surface - another very effective and visual piano solo. Light and playful, “Castles in the Sand” delights with strings, piano, and light hand percussion. “The Seventh Wave” pulls out all the stops for a picture-perfect finish with full orchestra, choir, and piano.

"One Drop Became An Ocean" is breathtaking from the first note to the last and will very likely be one of my Favorite albums of the year. Very highly recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

From One World Music Radio
I thought that spending a Moment at Dawn with Charles Denler was a musical twinkling of paradise; the music and the creative spirit have moved on and made this release, a manifestation of utter beauty in a tranquil harbour of calm natural bliss.
Water, the most undeniable force on the planet, is the subject matter and Denler’s care and attention to detail here on this project is incredibly noteworthy, from the opener we hear the intent and the proficiency that is so very inspiring. To paint with music is clearly a passion for the composer and musician.
Listen to the touching sensitivity of title track One Drop Becomes An Ocean, and feel that sense of wonder and respect. I live by the sea and enjoy my walks along the coast, and this sublime album will soon be my musical companion too.
The dramatic and empowering In The Shadow Of Angels became just one of many stand out tracks for me personally and the utilisation of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra just added a whole new dimension to the release and specifically this arrangement.
Charles Denler has a wonderful talent, not only as a composer but also as a pianist; he has a heart and a love for music that is so honest, evident and true, and anyone who can manifest great opuses like Rolling Thunder and The Seventh Wave should be applauded for his talent, skill and musical genius. A completely recommended album on all levels.
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