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Trilogies

by Danaë Xanthe Vlasse

Lush melodic lines and emotional harmonies celebrating the Romantic tradition through piano works of varying scope: some works are grandiose and full of lengthy story-telling, while others convey complete serenity and simple introspective moments.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Fantaisie #1 "Nuit Sans Sommeil" (Night Without Sleep)
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
9:05 $1.69
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2. Fantaisie #2 "Schwanengesang" (Swansong)
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
6:09 $1.69
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3. Fantaisie #3 "Élégie"
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
13:09 $1.69
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4. Nocturne #1
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
4:28 $1.29
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5. Nocturne #2
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
4:18 $1.29
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6. Nocturne #3
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
7:38 $1.29
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7. Petite Valse #1
Danae Xanthe Vlasse
3:41 $0.99
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8. Petite Valse #2
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
2:00 $0.99
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9. Petite Valse #3
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
3:42 $0.99
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10. Prélude #1
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
4:12 $1.19
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11. Prélude #2
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
2:27 $1.19
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12. Prélude #3
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse
3:19 $1.19
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Award-winning composer and pianist Danaë Xanthe Vlasse offers a collection of new works for piano in the style of the great 19th century Romantic tradition. Each type of piece seeks a different sort of experience, from feeling simple moments of quiet pleasure to great prolonged adventures full of contrasting moods. The three “Fantaisies” are grandest in scope and tell epic stories of emotional battles such as succumbing to madness, facing the unknown, defying death and overcoming great internal obstacles. The “Nocturnes” seek to explore different night-time landscapes; some are quite serene while others are more imposing. The “Petite Valses” were all conceived as little lullabies. And finally the three “Préludes” celebrate scenes of daily life, each one inspired by a different mood.

Danaë Xanthe Vlasse has been praised by critics and audiences for her neo-Romantic writing, which has been described as “a current of old-world tension and modern angst.” Critics have also praised her patient and regimented approach to composition as “crafted with absolute depth and emotional presence.” Mrs. Vlasse’s native France is a clear influence in her harmonic language and melodic ideas, while her Greek heritage guides her Classical approach to structure with balanced form and carefully measured phrases. Mrs. Vlasse lives in Los Angeles, where she is engaged in music-making with the finest musicians of Southern California, and she also collaborates with musicians and other composers from all over the world.


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Trilogies" is a collection of twelve original piano solos composed and performed by award-winning composer and pianist Danae Xanthe Vlasse. As the album title suggests, there are three parts to each title/grouping: “Fantasies,” “Nocturnes,” “Petite Valses” and “Preludes.” Composed in the colorful and emotive style of the 19th century Romantics, each piece seeks to evoke or emulate a different kind of experience. Vlasse’s neo-Romantic composing has been described as “a current of old-world tension and modern angst.” Now living in Southern California, her native France and Greek heritage have important influences on her music, as do many of the classical composers. In keeping with the traditions of the Romantics, the music tells stories and expresses a wide range of emotional experiences with plenty of drama (without ever going over-the-top). Ms. Vlasse has the skill, training and heart to express whatever she chooses in her music, and does it breathtakingly well. Some of the pieces strongly suggest specific composers, but more often it’s a phrase here or there that makes me think of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann or some of the other composers of piano music from that era.

"Trilogies" begins with “Fantasie #1 - Nuit Sans Sommeil (Night Without Sleep),” a piece that begins quietly with a slight edge but becomes more restless and turbulent, often changing themes as the brain spins from one thought to the next, evoking a variety of emotions and not allowing the body to drift off to sleep. It gets close a few times, but then flashes back to life. “Fantasie #2 - Schwanengesang (Swan Song)” beautifully expresses feelings of loss and sadness with passion and grace - a favorite. Not surprisingly, “Fantasie #3 - Elegy” is very dark and emotional, beginning mostly in the deep bass of the piano. At just over 13 minutes, this by far the longest of the compositions and quite possibly the most expressive - a gorgeous piece that needs to be heard!

Chopin was the best-known composer of Nocturnes, and there are hints of his music throughout the three Nocturnes in this collection. The emotional depth and incredible beauty of Chopin’s nocturnes are also honored with Vlasse’s graceful touch and elegant playing style. I really love all three of these pieces.

Most of the Romantics composed waltzes in a wide variety of styles, and the three “Petite Valses” on this album are on the slower, melancholy side with gentle melodies and dreamy rubato rhythms.

Preludes from the Romantic era also came in all shapes and sizes, as do the three on this album. The first has the intimacy of a conversation with someone close - very open and expressive. The second is edgier and darker, ending quietly and at peace. The third is very flowing and serene - another favorite.

I am so happy to have discovered the music of Danae Xanthe Vlasse and look forward to hearing more of it soon! "Trilogies" is highly recommended!
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Max Highstein

Real, Honest, & Alive
I’ve been enjoying the album Trilogies very much. This is thoroughly engrossing music, and even though it’s more harmonically complex and sophisticated than the material I normally allow myself to be exposed to, I find that Danaë Vlasse’s storytelling easily draws me in. It’s both accessible and richly rewarding. Her playing is clearly virtuosic, but I feel that the music she has written uses her skill entirely in service to again, telling a story, as opposed to just being showy. So while I could be thinking about they way she plays a certain part, I’d much rather just listen and enjoy her playing. I find the middle of the third track, Elegie, especially beautiful. This music is real, honest, and alive.
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Jeff Hyman

Complex and Amazing
I am not well versed in classical piano. So this album was an eye opener for me and a great introduction to just how complex and wonderful it can be. Danae's skills are amazing and I found myself unable to turn it off. I have been listening to this album for the last few days and just love the way it makes me feel. Such an amazing talent.
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