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Dawn of Love

by Christopher Boscole

Features inspirational solo piano arrangements of classical and popular music favorites with two uplifting original songs in the new age and neo-classsical genre by Christopher Boscole.
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1. Dawn of Love
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2. Ode to Joy
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3. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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4. A Time for Us (From "Romeo and Juliet")
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5. Simply You
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6. Walking in the Air (From "The Snowman")
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7. Amazing Daisy
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8. Consolation No. 3
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9. You Are Everything
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10. To a Wild Rose
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11. The Swan
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12. Ave Maria (Extended Version)
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13. Angels We Have Heard on High
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14. Ave Maria
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15. Time to Say Goodbye
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"I've been listening in rapture to Dawn of Love today. I find myself enchanted as if I'm watching a beautiful and wondrous flower open to hold my heart with the ethereal lightness of love... its truly a gift of love to us all.
-Rachel S.

1. Dawn of Love – Christopher Boscole (5:19)
2. Ode to Joy – theme from Symphony no. 9 Ludwig van Beethoven (2:40)
3. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Cantata no. 147 - Johann Sebastian Bach (2:43)
4. A Time for Us from Romeo and Juliet – Snyder, Kusik, & Rota (2:45)
5. Simply You – Christopher Boscole (6:17)
6. Walking in the Air from Snowman – Howard David Blake (4:11)
7. Amazing Daisy – Hymn & Bicycle Built for Two by Harry Dacre (4:07)
8. Consolation No.3 in D-Flat Major, S. 172 - Franz Liszt (4:40)
9. You are Everything – Thom Bell & Linda Creed (6:35)
10. To A Wild Rose Woodland Sketches Op. 51 no. 1 - Edward MacDowell (2:42)
11. The Swan: Carnival of the Animals: XIII - Camille Saint-Saëns (3:13)
12. Ave Maria - Johann Sebastian Bach & Charles Gounod (4:05)
13. Angels We Have Heard on High - Hymn (2:26)
14. Ave Maria, D 839, Op. 52, No. 6, - Franz Schubert (2:43)
15. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partiro) - Sartori & Quarantotto (4:32)

All selections arranged, performed, and produced by Christopher Boscole
The Piano: 9’ Steinway D
Digital Mastering by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven
Graphic Design by GC Sinclaire
C.P. 2019 Christopher Boscole BMI. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized reproduction or duplication is a violation of applicable laws
www.christopherboscole.com
pianomusic808@gmail.com


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Kathy Parsons

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"Dawn of Love" is pianist/composer Christopher Boscole’s twelfth album since 1986 and is a fascinating collection of original and classical pieces, medleys, film music and couple of pop songs. Recorded on a 9’ Steinway D grand piano, all fifteen tracks are solo piano. Boscole is an unusually versatile musician and composer who excels in the new age, jazz, contemporary instrumental, classical and pop music genres - something that is very evident in this album. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Boscole has been living and sailing in Hawaii for the past several years and explores creative relationships between nature, sailing adventures, photography and music through multi-media concerts and videos. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Master of Music in Studio Music and Jazz, and a Masters in Teaching degree.

"Dawn of Love" begins with the title track, an original piece by Boscole. I find it interesting that the melody is rather simple and calm but the accompaniment has an energetic flow that gives the music a peaceful kind of electricity. Listen to it - I think you’ll hear what I mean. Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy” from his 9th Symphony comes next. Originally an orchestral work, this is obviously Boscole’s arrangement. Both classical and contemporary, it exudes bright optimism. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is another well-known classical piece and there are many piano arrangements of it, but Boscole gives it his own special touch. “A Time For Us,” the theme to the 1968 movie version of "Romeo and Juliet," has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Boscole emphasizes the beauty of the melody, keeping the left hand fairly simple - a lovely arrangement! “Simply You” is the other Boscole original and is one of my favorite tracks. Heartfelt and very sincere, there is an intimacy in the music that feels deeply personal and in-the-moment. I also love “Walking In the Air” from the 1982 film, "The Snowman," and Boscole’s arrangement is light yet gently poignant. “Amazing Daisy” combines “Amazing Grace” and “Bicycle Built For Two,” one of the more unusual juxtapositions I’ve encountered in a medley! The pieces fit together and the medley works seamlessly - it’s just an odd combination and I’m sure it’s played with a smile! Liszt’s “Consolation #3 in Db Major” is expressively and sensitively played - always a favorite! “You Are Everything” is a gorgeous arrangement of The Stylistics’ 1971 hit. The original melody is there, but this solo piano version is completely different from the “golden oldie.” I remember the original song well, but this version is amazing with flowing broken chords that shimmer elegantly and magically - also a favorite! The next several pieces are classical with some played pretty much as written and others more arranged: “To A Wild Rose” by MacDowell, “The Swan” by Saint-Saens, the Bach-Gounod “Ave Maria,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and the Christmas hymn “Angels We Have Heard On High,” all played beautifully. The album closes with a wonderful arrangement of “Time to Say Goodbye” that is sure to touch your heart.

"Dawn of Love" is one of Christopher Boscole’s best albums to date!
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Steve Sheppard

Bringing music to life!
There is always time in ones schedule to take in a menu of delightful solo piano compositions; this is exactly what we get when we press play on the new album by Christopher Boscole called Dawn of Love, a release packed with no less than 15 solo piano pieces guaranteed to add a little inspiration into your day and lighten your mood.
When I first started to listen to this new offering I was totally entranced by the opening piece, which also happens to be the title track Dawn of Love, so much so that I have now played it about 5 times. I rate this personally as being some of the finest original work created by the artist as of yet, the energy is perfect, it’s exciting and exhilarating, but also incredibly smooth and beautifully played, what a fantastic start indeed.
Within this creative manifestation of piano you will find many memories, many classics and tunes you may well remember but cannot recall why, some examples are Boscole’s rendition of Ode To Joy (Beethoven) and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, both my parents in their early lives were big church goers, and as a child, I remember them both from those days.
Then a shift occurs as we move to a more moody set of compositions, again ones that you will more than likely be pretty familiar with. A Time for Us (From "Romeo and Juliet") and the always adored Walking in the Air (From "The Snowman"), both classics in their own right, but here is the thing, Boscole plays them so emotionally, the song construction on both tracks are naturally set like that, but the artist adds that little extra heart and you truly feel it.
However before the preceding offering there is a composition that needs to be enjoyed and the second and final original composition by the artist is now upon us and called Simply You. I can only express this as well over six minutes of ambience personified. This piece shows Boscole at his best, and added to that, shows us what a creative composer he actually is, a track so fluent and charming, one packed with the energy of love and honesty and so beautifully played.
So back to this pathway through the woods of classics we go, and you will find nestled in a sun kissed meadow of musical magic, tracks like the very clever Amazing Daisy, which is a combination of a Hymn and Bicycle Made for Two, believe me, you really need to listen to this one a few times over to really appreciate all the little nuances within.
Just around the corner, was one of my favourites in Consolation No. 3 originally performed by Liszt. My love of classical music was based on my relationship with my father, he would have loved this and more than likely the next composition also, the full flowing and quite moving You Are Everything, which you may remember from the days of Bell and Creed, or as I do from Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, a song I still love to this day, this is one heck of a great version.
Further into this quite breath-taking oasis of solo piano we go, and I come across one that I actually don’t recognise called To a Wild Rose; however the gentle narrative of this piece soon had me hooked into to its soothing refrain.
Now if you have never heard this piece before, just what planet have you been on? This is a total classic originally from the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns and called The Swan, I believe it is the 13th movement of the famous Carnival of Animals by the composer. Christopher Boscole, oh how you’re absolutely splendid performance has brought back a whole host of fond memories for me with this performance.
We have an extended version of Ava Maria on the album as well, this is played with such passion and intent, that is followed by one very well-known hymn indeed, entitled Angels We Have Heard on High, now what you need to do at this point is listen intently to the absolutely superb performance on piano by the artist, inventive, creative and exciting, all three apply.
The short form version of Ava Maria is played sublimely as our penultimate offering, and then we finish this marvellous voyage of musical plenty, with the last piece of the album entitled, Time To Say Goodbye, yes that’s the one, the music that makes every hair on your body stand to attention when you hear it. I would love to sing this song, I have the voice, but my grasp of the pronunciation of Italian is pretty weak, so I will just sit and listen once more to this beautiful and passionate version by Christopher Boscole.
Christopher Boscole has brought into the world 15 tracks that are incredibly uplifting and inspiring on Dawn of Love, but he has done more than that in my opinion, he has shown to me a side we all needed to see more of, his passion, his ability to manifest magic from the keys and his stylish performances that at times left me simply breathless. If you get a chance to purchase this album don’t hesitate thinking you have many of these tracks on other releases, you may have, but not like this, Boscole has not just played these compositions, he has literally brought them to life.
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Dyan Garris

Album Review by Dyan Garris
“Love has many facets and depths. So it is with Christopher Boscole’s new album, “Dawn of Love,” which is perfectly enchanting like the first light of love itself. This is excellent solo piano for all lovers of love.” —Dyan Garris
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Christopher Boscole is a versatile pianist and composer in the New Age, Neo-Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary Instrumental genres. Christopher released his first album in 1986 and over 30 years and through 12 albums of mostly original music, has established his own unique style of piano sound that contains elements of his background in Jazz, New Age, and Classical traditions.

Popular in radio, his last five solo piano albums have charted in the top 10 as reported on Zone Music Reporter (ZMR). Formally trained, Boscole has a Master of Music in Jazz Piano Performance, Master in Teaching, Bachelor of Arts in Music and also studied privately with Gary Peacock. Christopher is also a featured Whisperings Solo Piano Radio artist.

“Dawn of Love” features 15 inspirational solo piano arrangements of both classical and popular music favorites, along with two uplifting original songs by Christopher Boscole in the New Age and Neo-Classsical genres. These two originals are the title track, “Dawn of Love,” and “Simply You,” both of which are outstanding piano pieces, clearly illustrating his own refined, identifiable style.

The album opens with the title track, “Dawn of Love.” Melodic and flowing, this song showcases both his piano playing ability and compositional skills. Full of passion and emotion, this is a wonderful original composition and the perfect album opener, as there we are, poised at the very beginning of love with all its first rays of blossoming promise.

The album is a love story. We may wonder, “Where do we go from here?” Love may require some risk of the heart and we may not know exactly where we will end up. But Christopher leads us masterfully through this journey.

“Simply You,” the other original piano piece on “Dawn of Love,” is simply gorgeous. At just over 6 minutes, this is one to listen to again and again. Perfectly paced, heartwarming, romantic, melodic, and just one to love.

So many others to love here:

One of my favorite Beethoven pieces, and easily recognizable to most, is “Ode to Joy – Theme from Symphony no. 9” by Ludwig van Beethoven. This uplifting song is beautifully paced and played as well. “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Cantata no. 147” by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of Bach’s best loved works. Often played at weddings, this one will also be easily recognizable to most.

No love story would be complete without its inherent ups and downs. Hence, “A Time for Us from Romeo and Juliet” (Snyder, Kusik, & Rota). I like that this is a somewhat simplified arrangement. This is another classic favorite played gently, tenderly and wistfully. Beautiful.

“Amazing Daisy” is an exquisite combination of one of the most popular hymns in the world, “Amazing Grace” and “Bicycle Built for Two (Daisy Bell)” by Harry Dacre. “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do, I’m half crazy all for the love of you. . .” This is very nicely done. Now, if you are at all knowledgeable regarding the history of the hymn, “Amazing Grace,” you will doubly appreciate the combining of these two songs. I think it’s brilliant artistry.

Another piece of brilliant artistry, in my estimation, is that there are two “Ave Maria” tracks on the album. One is by Johann Sebastian Bach & Charles Gounod. The other is “Ave Maria, D 839, Op. 52, No. 6” by Franz Schubert. And in between is the hymn, “Angels We Have Heard on High.” It’s beyond the scope of this review to get fully into it, and you can delve more into it in an online search, but suffice it to say, the history of “Ave Maria” is complicated. Like love, eh? See? Brilliant.

Also noteworthy is “Consolation No.3 in D-Flat Major, S. 172” by Franz Liszt is breathtakingly beautiful. Truly touching to the soul. “The Swan: Carnival of the Animals: XIII” by Camille Saint-Saëns is just delightful and was originally composed by Saint- Saëns for fun. I love this.

The album closes out with “Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partiro)”by Sartori & Quarantotto, was originally sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.

“Time to say goodbye
Horizons are never far
If I live on this life with pride
Holding eternal love. . .”

This is again played with great feeling and emotion in Christopher’s polished style. So. . .did these lovers say goodbye or is this just the end of the album? In any case, yes, love is eternal. And “Dawn of Love” by Christopher Boscole is indeed “love-ly” from beginning to end. Infinitely beautiful.
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