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Silhouettes of Love

by David Lanz & Kristin Amarie

Neo Classical sounds blended with New Age Pop and a dash of Jazz make up the musical landscape.
Genre: Pop: New Romantic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Soaring Heart
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
3:13 $0.99
2. The Promise
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
4:35 $0.99
3. Circles Round the Moon
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
3:24 $0.99
4. Falling
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
4:06 $0.99
5. Found By Love's Return
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
4:41 $0.99
6. Lady On the Shore
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
4:19 $0.99
7. Silhouette of Love
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
4:01 $0.99
8. Our Illusion
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
4:17 $0.99
9. Amore Eterno (Redux)
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
3:52 $0.99
10. Beatrice and Dante
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
3:51 $0.99
11. Waiting for the Sun
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
3:59 $0.99
12. So in Love
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
4:17 $0.99
13. Silver Threads (Without You)
David Lanz & Kristin Amarie
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Along with a truly all-star cast of musical accompanists, their new album, "Silhouettes Of Love" is a stunning synergy of new age, smooth jazz, and more, that transcends it roots to produce an innovative sound that breaks new ground for these talented artists - a piano icon and a rising star.”
Michael Diamond, michaeldiamondmusic.com

“Amarie's voice is heavenly, and Lanz's adroit touch on the ivories is as delightful as ever. “
Bill Binkelman, Retailing Insight & Zone Music Reporter

“An album oozing with class, constructed with passion, and performed with great skill and dedication!”
Steve Shepard, One World Music Radio

In earlier days, Grammy nominated pianist, David Lanz, was also a singer songwriter, but the combination of his strengths as a pianist and composer for piano led him into the contemporary piano genre where he is most well known.
Now, with the stunning voice and award-winning artistry of Kristin Amarie, he has again found his lyrical path and the perfect collaborator to bring that to life!
With an extremely talented group of featured musicians, producers and technicians, Lanz and Amarie offer this beautiful new recording… “Silhouettes of Love.”



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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

An album oozing with class
David Lanz has taken on a whole new energy since his partnership with Kristin Amarie. Here on this new release the duet prove that to be true and prove above all else, that love and the truth of love is a born winner every time.
This new album starts with a track that is filled with sunny smiles and happiness; it’s called The Soaring Heart. Subtle harmonies, a pleasant melody, packed with a feeling of abundant joy and an all knowing heart of delight, both music and partnership can be found here, the tempo is delightfully flowing and the added bonus of the strings, layers a level of quality to an already brilliant piece.
We now move on to a composition called The Promise, an almost gypsy like violin announces Amarie’s beautiful singing voice and we are gifted a song that reminds me at times of a Blackmore’s Night arrangement, it has a real rustic feel to it, but as usual Amarie’s vocals create a blissful moment of power and grace combined, this is one truly amazing song.
Gaze upwards dear reader and listener and you may see the signs of our next piece called, Circles Around the Moon. Lanz uses his piano to create a night filled sense of mood with ease and then lets Amarie dance with the melody and slow tempo, once more delivering an almost lullaby of a track. The construction of this piece and all its little nuances is clever, but in doing so they create a piece, that would be the perfect song to go to sleep to, with your head on the shoulder of your beloved one.
There is something pleasant about the track Falling, here is a piece that has some superb musicianship within and the whole energy of the composition has a real sense of both movement and direction. One can hear a perfectly paced song that has once again been layered to perfection and added to that mix a gentle but clever guitar, which adds an even deeper feeling of rhythm to the arrangement.
Found by Love’s Return, I thought the day of the beautiful love song had died, how delightful it is for me to say, I am wrong, first listen to the dramatic but careful progression of the music, the melody is sublime and the lyrics are a truth that cannot be denied, for these are the lyrics of truth and love and if there was any justice in this world of commercial musical banality, this would be a number one single and be beamed around the planet to be adored by millions, totally magical.
Dear reader, time to rest and lay a while and watch the Lady on the Shore. This track has a little drama very carefully placed into the motif of the construction, Amarie’s vocals are as usual captivating, but Lanz has manifested a composition here, that touches the hem of mystery and one could easily picture gazing across an autumn ocean scene and while the summer winds have fallen away from the glistening beach, we can picture the beauty of a mystical Lady, who wanders forever more, across the horizon of the shore.
As we move into the second half of the album we are gifted the signature piece, the title track called Silhouettes of Love. Well earlier on dear listener, we had the perfect night time track, now this is the perfect waking composition. With an almost lazy Sunday soulful feeling, here is a song that creates the ambience of a warm love, the first moment when you wake slowly, you open your eyes and gaze and the wondrous beauty next to you, you watch them while they still drift in sleep and you smile and thank the universe that there are yours and as you trace a finger along the silhouette of their body, you can truly lay back and smile, knowing that for this moment of time, all in your world is as it should be.
Our Illusion is up next. In this piece dear reader we may see a little energy of worry or concern. But also a desire to never lose the moment, perhaps the one we had just created on the last track. The guitar in this arrangement matches Lanz on Piano with a harmonious bliss and couple that with the percussion, we are gifted an almost laid back Latin styled piece, that is at times as a sultry as Sade’s single, Smooth Operator.
David Lanz takes centre stage here as he brings us a powerful and emotive track called Amore Eterno Redux. Here is an arrangement filled with passion and a little mystery all woven into the weave of this track with great ease and skill. Love is indeed eternal and within this dramatic piece one can almost hear the words “Love eternal and unforgettable, sooner or later I will be with you, to continue loving each other”
So onward we go and now to a piece called Beatrice and Dante. I wondered if this song was created in a thoughtful repose of the stunning painting by Henry Holiday back in 1884. This tragedy of unrequited love that spanned the years, would indeed find this beautiful composition, the perfect soundtrack for that most painful moment of a love lost, or perhaps never found. Both Amarie’s vocals and lyrics are incredibly haunting and one could almost hear the words of Dante from a faraway place still saying, “From that time forward, love fully ruled my soul”
Next up is a calming and peaceful track called Waiting for the Sun. Lanz and Amarie are truly a winning combination and on this piece if you ever needed proof, here it is. The perfect ballad, a well paced composition that is also worthy of being placed on a film score, and added to that, this song illustrates just why Kristin Amarie was a worthy winner of the best Vocal album of 2014 on OWMR. This is a truly magnificent arrangement and a performance of great quality and professionalism.
The penultimate piece dear reader is called, So In Love. I think many will like this album as it shows the positive aspects of love instead of a constant wallowing in the pain and hurt of the mistakes that can be made! Lanz is at his best in this piece and there is indeed a blissful happiness within his performance. Amarie’s vocals coupled with the lyrics almost make this song an anthem for true love.
We now arrive at the shoreline of the last song on the album, so before the tide goes out, let us allow our hosts for this journey gift us one more composition and it is called Silver Threads (Without You). For some reason I felt a distinct feeling of yesteryear weaved into this arrangement, one could almost watch Kristin Amarie walking within a garden of beautiful roses in an old Victorian dress to this composition, her hand would pick the occasional flower, while she thought of her deep love, perhaps a movement of the heart? A truly stunning way to leave the album almost sealed with a loving kiss.
Silhouettes of Love, by David Lanz and Kristen Amarie is an album oozing with class, constructed with passion, performed with great skill and dedication, and brought to us the listener, with a blissful happiness, that can only ever be found in the arms of true and unconditional love, I don’t just recommended you buy this album, I recommend you fall totally in love with it, you will find it hard not to.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
A master alchemist could not have come up with a more perfect blend of elements than the chemistry created in the music of David Lanz and Kristin Amarie - pure magic! Along with a truly all-star cast of musical accompanists, their new album, “Silhouettes Of Love” is a stunning synergy of new age, smooth jazz, neo-classical influences, and more, which transcends it roots to produce an innovative sound that breaks new ground for these talented artists - a piano icon and a rising star. While Kristin's previous solo release introduced her impressive vocal abilities, this album with David Lanz takes it to a new level and reveals an artistic interaction that is greater than the sum if its parts.

The opening track “The Soaring Heart,” is most appropriately named, as it’s ascending melody perfectly captures this feeling of its title. Of particular note in this piece is the beautiful interplay between Kristin’s wordless vocals and Charlie Bisharat’s violin as they weave in and out in unison, harmony, and counterpoint.
On the next track, entitled “The Promise,” Kristin Amarie steps into the spotlight as an enchanting storyteller on a haunting ballad that is supported by lush orchestration with a cinematic ambience. Her voice has a clarity and purity that works equally well in quieter wistful passages as well as in more epic climactic moments.

While all the songs on the album are emotionally evocative, the title song is particularly so, with Kristin’s whispery vocals and David’s elegant piano that ventures slightly into a bluesy feel at times. As the song evolves, percussion, bass, and some soft acoustic guitar add a mellow jazzy vibe as well. The intro on a track entitled “Amore Eterno Redux,” features David on piano and synthesizers before flowing into a richly orchestrated movement with a bit of a Spanish flair. I will say, I don’t know how many times in the course of this album I marveled at the intriguing and unique chord changes that David came up with that added so much interest to the songs and took them in unexpected and delightful directions.

Other aspects of this recording that I’d like to shine a light on are the orchestration and arranging. From delicate passages to epic movements, each song is perfectly put together, enhancing the beauty of the songwriting and taking it to the next level all together. This album presents a new experience to listeners who may be familiar with David from his solo and instrumental work and Kristin, whose previous recording had more of a global flavor. “Silhouettes of Love” is a romantic masterpiece that is exquisitely crafted and perfectly produced to capture the sound of two hearts beating as one.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Silhouettes of Love" is the second full-length collaboration by David Lanz and Kristin Amarie following 2014’s "Forever Christmas." Let me just say upfront that there are no solo piano tracks on this album, leaving no doubt that Lanz has moved into a different direction from his long career as one of the most popular and influential pianists of recent decades. Lanz started his music career as a singer-songwriter and a few of his solo albums included vocals, but he doesn’t do any singing on this album. His piano is the main accompaniment to Amarie’s vocals, but is, for the most part, in the background. Other instrumentalists rounding out the production include Charlie Bisharat on violin (always a treat!), Keith Lowe on bass, Gregg Karukas on keyboards and programming, Brian Kilgore on percussion, and Peter White, Ramon Stagnaro and Alex Salzman on guitars. Lanz and Amarie wrote the music and lyrics to the thirteen tracks, all of which are love songs. Amarie’s voice is beyond beautiful and expressive, but I have to admit that I feel a strong sense of loss for Lanz’s solo piano music, which has been some of my favorite music since the late 1980’s and a staple in my teaching repertoire. It’s interesting to note that, until recently, new age music rarely included lyrics, but that seems to be changing, further blurring the lines between new age, pop, and smooth jazz.

The album begins with “The Soaring Heart,” a mostly instrumental piece that features Lanz and Bisharat with Amarie’s voice adding passionate colors without lyrics. Warm, buoyant, and joyful, it’s a beautiful start. “The Promise” is one of my favorites on the album at least in part because the lyrics sound like someone who has experienced many of life’s ups and downs. The haunting melody is made even more exquisite with the blending of the vocals, piano and violin. “Falling” is almost classic Lanz with piano, light percussion, guitars, bass and violin. Like the opening track, the sound of Amarie’s voice is more effective than any lyrics, so this one almost counts as an instrumental - also a favorite. The title track is a tender love song with an easy smooth jazz vibe. “Amore Eterno Redux” is a fully orchestrated instrumental version of the haunting Latin-tinged song that appeared on Amarie’s debut, Notes From a Journey. This time the piano gets to soar! “Beatrice and Dante” also appeared on Amarie’s first album as “Fra Beatrice,” a gorgeous song that overflows with longing; as did “Silver Threads (Without You).” These new arrangements are fuller and give Lanz’s piano a more prominent role.

"Silhouettes of Love" is a very beautiful collection of love songs, and it will be interesting to see if David Lanz’s international fan base will embrace his new musical direction; Kristin Amarie is definitely a rising star. Check it out!

Bill Binkelman

A gorgeous musical tribute to the most powerful emotion
Following on the heels of their fantastic collaborative holiday recording, Forever Christmas, pianist David Lanz and vocalist Kristin Amarie have once again joined forces and lovingly crafted Silhouettes of Love, a richly melodic album of thirteen romantic songs addressing both love found and love lost. The music adheres mostly to pop motifs sometimes leaning toward a more orchestrated approach and an occasional dash of jazz textures (such as on "Our Illusion"). Now and then, some world music influence also surfaces, as on the instrumental "Amore Eterno Redux." Besides Lanz and Amarie, the album also features a number of guest artists, including violinist Charlie Bisharat, guitarist Peter White, and Gregg Karukas who handles the keyboards. As on Forever Christmas, Amarie's voice is heavenly, whether she is softly singing of her true love or sorrowfully mourning one who appears to have got away. Lanz (who co-composed the album with Amarie) has always crafted beautiful piano melodies going back to his breakthrough recording, Cristofori's Dream, and his adroit touch on the ivories is as delightful as ever. When they appear, the guest artists all contribute in special ways, adding spot on application on their assorted instruments. Silhouettes of Love is a testament to the real life romance of Lanz and Amarie which only serves to enhance the music's and lyrics' sincerity all the more. True love is obviously good for their creative spirits and listeners everywhere will reap what this wonderfully talented couple has sown.