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Norwegian Rain

by David Lanz

A new album by the master new age piano pioneer David Lanz. Beautiful, melodic and hauntingly introspective.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Norwegian Rain
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2. The Approaching Storm
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3. Cloud Burst (Interlude)
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4. And Skies Opened Up
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5. Autumn Comes Winter
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6. Fjord Spring
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7. The Last Days of Summer
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8. A Child for All Seasons
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9. Sirkel Dans (Circle Dance)
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10. Troll-Dans (Troll-Dance)
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11. She Is... (Interlude)
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12. Kristina
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13. Adieu Sweet Mary
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14. Sunset over Nordland
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15. Aurora's Sunrise
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16. Waltz of the Northern Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Many have tried to define David Lanz style, but that would be too simple. David Lanz plays David Lanz music. As both composer and interpreter, his approach to music is often larger than life, breathtaking in its breadth, yet accessible and down-to-earth as well. Through his music, Lanz connects in an intimate manner with his audience by tapping into emotions, thoughts and dreams like an old friend. Early in Lanz’s career, he took gigs playing rock, funk and disco. Then he had an epiphany: “I had been doing yoga and meditating and getting into Eastern philosophy,” says Lanz, “and slowly I started thinking about how music could help. With music, you could get people to dance or you could get people to meditate or to march off to war. I was aware of a few other musicians who were doing light, ambient music and I was always into what the classical East Indian musicians were doing, creating trance states. By the early ‘80s I was really into the idea that this kind of music would be an interesting path to take.” In 1983, Lanz made his recording debut, Heartsounds, on Narada. It was received favorably and Lanz was off, pursuing his new direction and exploring the various ways he might touch an emerging listenership. During the next five years he released six new albums and landed a major commercial breakthough with 1988’s Cristofori’s Dream. The album consisted of six originals, including the opening title track, which has become a classic, and a cover of Procol Harum’s 1967 rock hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” Cristofori’s Dream topped Billboard Magazine’s first Adult Alternative/New Age chart and remained for an impressive 27 weeks. 1990 brought about the release of Skyline Firedance, which joined Lanz with an 80-piece orchestra. He continued to record for Narada, issuing several more titles including 1998’s Songs From an English Garden, his first to tap into the British Invasion repertoire of the ’60s. In 2000, he changed recording homes to Decca Records where he scored a Grammy nomination for East Of the Moon. Lanz continued to record and tour relentlessly, releasing eleven titles between 2001 and 2007. In 2008, he made his Shanachie debut, Painting In the Sun, and in 2012 he paid homage to The Beatles with Here Comes The Sun and Liverpool Re-Imagining The Beatles.

Truly a renaissance man, David Lanz is always heading into the unknown in order to expand his artistry and share what he’s found with the world. His musical offering is a welcomed retreat back into music with heart, soul, courage, adventure, humanity and purpose. With the release of Movements Of The Heart, the journey continues and David Lanz concludes, “I always want my listeners to really enjoy the music, but if it connects to their deeper levels of emotion and allows them to really feel the stirrings in their own hearts...all the better!”

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From the liner notes on his latest album "Norwegian Rain":

After spending several summer's in Norway, my wife, Kristin Amarie's homeland, I found a special kinship with an old upright piano that had belonged to Kristin's grandfather. This instrument and I became close friends in between sight seeing and spending time with her Norwegian family.

Much of what you will hear on this recording began over those two summers on her grandfather's beloved piano. Later, while living in France, these compositions along with a few newer pieces were refined and then recorded in the summer of 2016 in our temporary French villa.

I now have a special place in my heart for Norway and my Norwegian family. Those feelings can all be heard here and felt like a cool morning mist in the Fjords... like notes falling from the skies.
The piano's echo of a sweet Norwegian Rain.

David Lanz

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
It’s been three years since David Lanz’s last solo piano album, and I’m sure many of his fans were getting worried. The good news is that "Norwegian Rain" is here and was worth the wait! In the time since the 2013 release of "Movements of the Heart," Lanz and his wife, Kristin Amarie, moved to France and more recently to Cyprus, so there have been many changes in their lives! What hasn’t changed is Lanz’s expressive touch on the piano keys, lyrical melodies, and accessible musical storytelling. The title of the album refers to Kristin’s Norwegian homeland and the times she and David have visited. While there, David developed a strong bond with an old upright piano that belonged to Kristin’s grandfather, and quite a few of the sixteen pieces on "Norwegian Rain" were born on this beloved family instrument. The music ranges from slow and dreamy to lively and playful, and several titles refer to the weather and seasons in Norway, which sound like they might not be too different from David’s native Seattle. There really aren’t any surprises on the album, but I’m sure fans of David Lanz’s solo piano music will not be disappointed. I recently proof-read the sheet music for the companion songbook for "Norwegian Rain," and it should be available before the end of the year.

The album begins with “The Norwegian Rain Suite,” a grouping of four pieces. The first is the title song, which alternates from melancholy and bittersweet to lively and joyful. This piece is distinctively David Lanz and has many of his signature touches. “The Approaching Storm” begins calmly with a hint of mystery and gradually builds as the storm gets closer. A beautifully descriptive piece that becomes very dramatic, it’s a favorite to both listen to and to play. “Cloud Burst” starts with the sound of thunder created inside the piano (there is also the sound of pouring rain that I hope was NOT created inside the piano!!!). Using reverb to great effect, this short piece is a pianistic impression of a cloudburst. “And the Skies Opened Up” is the fourth piece in the suite and dances all over the piano keyboard, playfully describing a heavy rainstorm. “Autumn Come Winter” is much more peaceful, gracefully reflecting on the changes in the seasons. “Fjord Spring” has a sweetly infectious energy. Sometimes as delicate as the opening of a flower bud and sometimes bigger and more celebratory, it’s another favorite. I’m pretty sure “A Child For All Seasons” is a new variation on “Summer’s Child,” and what a beauty it is! Wistful and dreamy, it’s a wonderful update of an old favorite. “Troll Dance” is another favorite. It begins with an ambient and flowing introduction; the second section is slow and stately, and then the fun begins. Fans of the powerful music Lanz wrote for his "Skyline Firedance" album will love the passion and energy of this one! “Kristina” is a tender love song that overflows with emotion. I love the occasional crossovers into the deep bass of the piano! “Sunset Over Nordland” is so peaceful and relaxed that it softly massages any tensions away. “Waltz of the Northern Moon” has a dark and mysterious introductory section and then begins the waltz. The gently-rolling left hand propels the right hand melody, which is sometimes soft and delicate and at other times much bigger and more dramatic. It’s a perfect ending to this anxiously-anticipated album.

David Lanz has been one of my very favorite pianist/composers for many years and it’s great to have some new solo piano music from him! Recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

From One World Music Radio
There are few who have the ability to create such sensitivity on the piano, there are few who can literally paint musical portraits with each stroke of the keys. There are good pianists, there are some great pianists and then there is David Lanz, the grandmaster of the art.
On Norwegian Rain he once more brings us a level of sensitivity and creativity unparalleled in the world of solo piano today, so let’s follow the path, as once again, Cristofori dreams.
Norwegian Rain, the title track proudly opens this wonderful collection of compositions and Lanz plays with a flourish whilst creating a marvellous build within the piece and has the perfect blend of tempo and pause to manifest something really special for us to start our journey with.
One of my personal favourites was this one, called The Approaching Storm; the sullen and moody arrangement here was superb, so much so, that one could literally see the clouds begin to form over the mountains and then the dark and powerful segment, as the storm swoops down onto the villages below. If you add the following piece called Cloudburst (Interlude) into the mix you have a true symphony of grandeur. The storm hits, the rain falls and this inventive use of a piano, to create such a mood, was simply genius.
David Lanz then brings us the other side of the storm as the rain pours down upon the streets and hill sides on, And Skies Opened Up. Listening to this piece is truthfully like attending a concert from one of the great classical composers of the day. Lanz has such a unique ability to manifest just about anything he wishes with his piano. Through this clever performance we can see the changes in the weather; we can even feel the rain on our faces.
The delightful switch to a slower tempo comes courtesy of the next piece called Autumn Comes Winter. The deeper tones give us all a gentle sojourn into a world of a new winter, whilst still holding the hem of autumn with one tremulous hand. The soft melody here is simply beautiful and played in such a way that it would be easy for us to witness a last leaf fall upon the ground and a first snow flake drift across the window pane.
David Lanz spent a couple of summers in Norway, the birthplace of his charming wife Kristin(a) Amarie and it has obviously inspired him greatly. Listen to this next masterful composition called Fjord Spring, this has all the musical pointers for us to draw within our imaginations dear reader, the vast vistas of long, narrow, deep inlets of the sea between high cliffs.
The soft and eased back offering, The Last Days of Summer is up next, and this arrangement of soft winds and warm days is charming and so redolent of the subject matter.
A Child for All Seasons has a tale all of its own and created by Lanz in a dedication to his son and his grandson. Here you will find a track composed with such loving care and one can really feel a sense of memory being performed here; the changes in this piece are sublime in making that feeling even more thoughtful and pronounced.
Time now to delve into the mythology of the country of Norway with the following tracks, first we move to the happy and flowing on Sirkel Dans (Circle Dance), then into the mysterious Troll-dans (Troll-dance), a favourite of mine with its deep and shadowy motif. Troll-Dans is also a suite of sorts, and contains 3 arrangements within its construction, called Under Broen (Beneath the Bridge), Troll Våkner (Trolls Awaken!) and finally They Danced Into The Night.
The short form piece, She Is…. (Interlude) gifts us a muse of 90 seconds of thoughtful piano as we slide into the arms of the track dedicated to his wife Kristin(a) Amarie, called Kristina. Played and performed with love and from the heart, perhaps this is a composition, that you will find your love return as well?
The final track of dedication is Adieu Sweet Mary, a song inspired by Kristin (a)’s Grandmother during their stay in the country. This is a quite emotive piece and I personally found this deeply moving to listen to. The depth of emotion and sensitivity on this piece alone is simply stunning.
The narrative in our next song is very appealing and called Sunset Over Nordland, the melody here draws an enchanting scene, and the soft and sensitive performance perfectly paints a musical picture for us of a glorious sunset. Lanz has this timed so perfectly that as the track ends, the sun sets on the horizon.
We arrive at the penultimate piece off the release and it’s called Aurora’s Sunrise. This is both the longest track off the album and the most ambient. Well over 6 minutes of graphic and well-constructed musical genius can be found here, the slow and careful nature of the early part of the composition draws for us a new and delicate sunrise. However here is a track that as it progresses has such a wonderful sense of colour about it.
We have arrived at the final fjord of our musical journey with David Lanz dear reader, and this one is called Waltz of the Northern Moon. This is a really enchanting way to leave the album; the performance is both warm and enthralling and has the perfect sense of power and tenderness to make this an impeccable exit composition.
Norwegian Rain by David Lanz is the album that we have all been waiting for; the master has created for us the ever eager listener, a totally brilliant release of supreme quality and production, he has performed and manifested this new collection of classy compositions, with his heart on his sleeve and a mindfulness on the keys . This is one album that must be on the very top of your next musical wish list.
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