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Stephan Beneking: The Swans, 12 Valses Mélancoliques

by Danaë Xanthe Vlasse

The 2nd series of "Valses Melancoliques" by composer Stephan Beneking is called "The Swans." This collection includes 12 colorful and romantic waltzes ranging from C minor to B minor. Pianist Danaë Xanthe Vlasse performs these works in a masterful way.
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1. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 1 in C Minor
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2. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
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3. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 3 in D Minor
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4. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 4 in E-Flat Minor
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5. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 5 in E Minor
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6. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 6 in F Minor
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7. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor
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8. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 8 in G Minor
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9. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 9 in A-Flat Minor
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10. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 10 in A Minor
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11. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 11 in B-Flat Minor
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12. The Swans: Valse Mélancolique No. 12 in B Minor
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The 2nd series of "Valses Melancoliques" by composer Stephan Beneking is called "The Swans." This collection includes 12 colorful and romantic waltzes ranging from C minor to B minor. Pianist Danaë Xanthe Vlasse performs these works in a masterful way, bringing interpretive variety to each waltz such that each piece portrays distinct character, and all are a delight to hear!

Danaë Xanthe Vlasse is a Los Angeles based pianist and an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher with over a decade of teaching experience. As a composer she has received awards from international composition competitions as well as recognition from the Music Teacher’s National Association for her teaching repertoire. Mrs Vlasse welcomes collaborations with other musicians and frequently promotes performance repertoire from living composers because she feels there is no greater validation for composers than to hear their art come alive in performance!

Stephan Beneking, composer, is based in Berlin, Germany.
Beneking composes in neo-classical, melodic style for piano solo.
His repertoire comprises more than 200 pure piano works so far and is performed both by hobby and professional pianists around the world.
The scores/sheet music is available for free download on www.beneking.com.

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Bob Sherman

“Danaë Xanthe Vlasse, The Swans, 12 Valses Mélancoliques by Stephan Beneking” -
“ Danaë Xanthe Vlasse, The Swans, 12 Valses Mélancoliques by Stephan Beneking” was released on Nov. 10,
2013. Danaë Xanthe Vlasse is the performer and Stephan Beneking is the composer. The album contains 12 Neoclassical Romantic piano pieces. This is the second album of “Valses Mélancoliques” that Stephan Beneking has released.
“The Swans” is a collection of short works (from 1:51 min. to 3:26 min.) that share waltz tempos and wistful motifs. All are in minor keys, and the keys chromatically progress upwards from C minor (No. 1) to B minor (No. 12). Stephan commented, “As every tonality has a different “flavour” or “color”, then the key changes give this collection a wider range of emotion and nuance.” Even though each piece is relatively brief, they all manifest fully evolved themes. And every one has its own unique character and message. No. 1 feels the most “swanlike” with a bittersweet melody that oscillates like a pendulum. No. 3, with its elegant descending melodies, evokes images of a music box. No 4, with its passionate passages, brings to mind the Sturm und Drang that is the essence of the Romantic movement.
No owner of a sports car would spend all of their time driving 25 mph through school zones. And no accomplished pianist would be happy with an album that didn’t include a virtuoso piece – something that allowed him (or her) to demonstrate their technical skill and interpretative ability. On this album, that is clearly No. 12. The tempo is faster, the syncopation between left and right hands is more challenging, and the trills are equal in difficulty to anything composed by Chopin. It is a dazzling piano performance.
In the past, Stephan has collaborated with many talented pianists. In this album, Danaë Xanthe Vlasse, a resident of Los Angeles, CA, demonstrates that she is also an artist of consummate ability. Her technique is flawless. But she also augments these pieces with a personal touch. Her dynamic crescendos in No. 4 substantially enhance its effect. And her sublime counterpoint in No. 8, makes this piece (which has few chords) as delightful as the more complex works. Danaë undoubtedly has a brilliant career ahead of her!
Stephan Beneking, who lives in Berlin, Germany, is a well known and admired composer on SoundCloud, and other internet media sites. He is also a generous and caring human being, who is actively working to make the world a better place. He graciously offers his sheet music for free. He has written a number of pieces “Zita in Wonderland” for children, to provide them with more beautiful and enjoyable music than the standard “beginner” children’s songs. And he has dedicated much effort and musical support to Holocaust remembrance groups and New York City 9-11-01 victims.
Stephan is also a composer of consummate ability, whose music appeals to people of many different tastes. I believe that this is why his body of work continues to grow in popularity. So both first time listeners of Stephan Beneking’s work, as well as hard core “Stephanites” will greatly enjoy this latest album!
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JesB

Superlative work!!!
Listening to these beautiful waltzes moves memories of intimate reflection and longing, while the occasional unexpected turn prompts the imagination with hope & excitement! This album asserts that the Classical-music tradition is still thriving because it continues to touch people so deeply - perhaps because it serves to remind us of our link with history and awakens a strong sense of connection with humanity!
Effortless composition + Sensitive interpretation = Superlative work!
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