Dan Chadburn | Whispers the Falling Snow

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Whispers the Falling Snow

by Dan Chadburn

A beautiful collection of piano improvisations...
Genre: Holiday: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
4:24 $0.99
2. Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella
4:19 $0.99
3. Returning Home
4:22 $0.99
4. Silent Night
3:43 $0.99
5. In the Bleak Midwinter
4:17 $0.99
6. What Child Is This
3:48 $0.99
7. Winter Waltz
3:41 $0.99
8. Away in a Manger
4:00 $0.99
9. Angels We Have Heard On High
3:34 $0.99
10. Whispers the Falling Snow
4:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
As a boy, I often sat at the piano, playing traditional carols on Christmas Eve, while my parents, sisters and brother sang along. Enhanced by an occasional Oregon snowfall, these memories continue to bring me joy today. May this collection of improvisations bring you peace, hope, and love this holiday season and always...



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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The focus for Dan Chadburn’s latest release, “Whispers The Falling Snow”, is winter and the holiday season. The album contains ten songs, three of which are Dan’s original pieces, as well as a number of well-known Christmas carols, and several lesser-known holiday and seasonal tracks. One of the most interesting aspects of Dan’s playing is the level of improvisation he brings to it. Although a number of the songs are based on established compositions, he does not perform them strictly as they are written, but allows himself to take liberties with them and leave room for inspiration to flow in the moment.

Although the snow-themed title track is last on the album, the opening track, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” also perfectly evokes the feeling of softly falling snow in it’s introductory arpeggios that drift gently from Dan’s fingers on the keyboard. Played in a minor mode to enhance the mystique, this song makes for a lovely entrance to the album as it heralds the mystery and quiet beauty of the season.

Track 3, one of Dan’s originals entitled “Returning Home” is a gorgeous and sensitive piece that is totally improvised and reflects Dan’s recollections of revisiting his childhood home and family for the holidays after being far away. At first pensive, and perhaps nostalgic, it opens up into an uplifting and celebratory mood. Perhaps my favorite song on the album is “Angels We Have Heard On High.” Like a number of Dan’s other pieces, this one makes its entrance with an improvisation that leads into the main melody. Dan’s heartfelt piano work gives this song wings and evokes feelings of heavenly grandeur that uplifts the spirit.

While there are many holiday and winter-themed albums appearing at this time of year, I appreciate the innovative approach Dan brings to the music with his imaginative improvisations, and mix of holiday standards and original tunes. It is a diverse collection that is further expanded by the addition of less well-known traditional songs. But what really makes this compilation stand out is the sensitivity and emotion that Dan’s playing is imbued with. Whispers The Falling Snow makes for a lovely listening experience that could well become a seasonal classic.

To read a full-length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Helena Dee

Solo pianist Dan Chadburn, whose last album got lots of airplay, is back with WHISPERS THE FALLING SNOW. He says this instrumental music exemplifies and glorifies wintertime -- the snow, the crisp air, the holidays, carol singing with friends and family, reading or quiet contemplation while sitting by a fire, and the joys of sledding and ice skating when you are young.

Half of the album is comprised of winter-oriented material and the other half is lovely and fresh versions of classic Christmas carols (including “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Away in a Manger”). The winter tunes include three originals (the title piece plus “Returning Home” and “Winter Waltz”). Chadburn is an ace improviser so on the well-known tunes you will hear the regular much-loved melodies, but you also will be surprised at his unique and creative arrangements that surround those melodies.

While the music can be enjoyed anytime (especially because it has no words), it is particularly worthwhile during the winter months. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys well-crafted solo piano music.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Whispers the Falling Snow" is an outstanding collection of seven solo piano improvisations on traditional holiday carols and three original compositions by pianist/composer Dan Chadburn. Dedicated to the memory of Chadburn’s piano teachers, the music is soothing yet substantial, accessible yet very worthy of many listens, and just plain beautiful! I’ve loved Dan’s music since I first heard it in 1998 and am excited that he has released two new albums in two years after a long hiatus from recording. Chadburn’s improvised carols are all very recognizable with freely improvised passages that really enhance these beloved but well-worn songs. Making them sound fresh and new is a challenge, and Chadburn succeeds beautifully!

"Whispers the Falling Snow" begins with “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” one of the oldest Christmas carols. Arrangements of this song can vary from pitch black to rather light and jazzy, but this one falls somewhere in the middle with a very graceful treatment of the melody and a beautifully-flowing accompaniment. Gorgeous! I don’t remember hearing “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” much as a kid, but it has become a very popular instrumental piece with its gentle melody and sweet sentiment. Chadburn brings out the best of both while adding his original touches. “Returning Home” is the first of the three original pieces. Light and a little bit wistful, there is reflection as well as anticipation expressed in the music - love it! Chadburn gives “Silent Night” a new sound by changing it to a haunting minor key for the first half and then coming back to the more familiar major mode for the second half - so peaceful that you can easily imagine the silence of falling snow glistening in the moonlight. “What Child Is This” is another very old song renewed with Chadburn’s piano magic. Delicate yet powerful, this is a favorite! “Winter Waltz” is the second original piece. A light and swirling dance with feelings of romance in the air, it’s another beauty! “Away in a Manger” was my favorite Christmas song as a child, so it has a very special place in my heart. Chadburn applies just the right amount of sweetness and innocence to this tender lullaby - love it! The third original piece is the title track and closes this wonderful CD with a perfect antidote to the hustle of the holiday rush. Chadburn has obviously spent a lot of time watching the snow fall, capturing its silent magic and profound peace with his ten fingers and the piano.

"Whispers the Falling Snow" is one of my favorite Christmas albums this year, and there have been some excellent releases so far! Very highly recommended!