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Into the Mist (Audiophile Edition)

by Fiona Joy

Into the Mist epitomizes the art of contemporary solo piano recording in today's music. This is Fiona Joy's 2nd solo piano recording on Blue Coast Records where she teams up with Cookie Marenco, producer and engineer.
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1. A Walk in the Park
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2. Moon over the Lotus Pond
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3. Opus: Into the Mist, Pt. 1
2:18 $1.50
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4. Opus: Mist Rising, Pt. 2
5:30 $1.50
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5. Opus: Mist Before Dawn, Pt. 3
3:33 $1.50
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6. Through Cloud
4:38 $1.50
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7. Feeling Sunshine
2:21 $1.50
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8. Grey Sky Morning
3:47 $1.50
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9. Galloping
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10. The Void
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Album Notes
Into the Mist epitomizes the art of contemporary solo piano recording in today's music. This is Fiona Joy's 2nd solo piano recording on Blue Coast Records where she once again teams up with Cookie Marenco, producer and engineer known for her contributions to the world of audiophile recordings.

Fiona Joy brings calm, delightful, and visual sensations to her unique compositions on Into the Mist. Performing solo on an 1885 Steinway grand piano, Fiona Joy's talent is evident in her control of the instrument. Her previous solo piano album, Signature - Solo, achieved critical acclaim by topping ZMR radio charts in 2016 and winning the ZMR Award for "Best Solo Piano Album" in 2016.
Into The Mist was recorded in the highest digital fidelity possible -- a new format called DSD (Direct Stream Digital). While all formats are available to satisfy every listener -- whether discs, downloads or streams, Fiona Joy's choice to use new recording technologies makes her a pioneer and role model for other musicians to follow.

"The feel of Into the Mist brings back the wonderful years of Windham Hill, when I could buy an LP with complete confidence that I was going to love it... Cookie’s mastery in the audio arts is no less than Fiona’s on piano. Together they give us a quiet tour of creative force, without sonic compromise. Brilliant. Lovely.”
— Dr. David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Positive Feedback

Blue Coast Records is an independent label that specializes in recording live, acoustic performances by
skilled musicians to high resolution digital formats and analog tape. Founded in 2007 by Grammy Award nominated producer Cookie Marenco, the label strives to capture the best performances in their purest form.

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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Fiona Joy is an award-winning, world-renowned pianist and composer from Australia who has additionally worked with other notable musicians. Among them includes Windham Hill Records founder, Will Ackerman, who produced several of her previous albums. Performed on an 1885 Steinway grand piano, her latest album Into the Mist was recorded and mixed in Direct Digital 256 (Quad DSD) in high resolution audio using the Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.) proprietary. Comprised of ten elegantly prepossessing solo piano instrumentals that shift among phases of light and shadow, each composition is seemingly a dual expression of both human emotion and natural wonder.

“A Walk in the Park” introduces the album on a gently positive note, which seems to capture the song’s title both figuratively and literally. As with this piece and each one that follows, Fiona impressively demonstrates a keen ability for vividly illustrating the given names of her compositions with her piano-playing, simultaneously guiding the listener though a range of both inner emotions and outer landscapes. Following next is “Moon Over the Lotus Pond”, ebbing and flowing softly with carefully spaced pauses between each note, as the piece perfectly captures a nocturnal stillness and quietude. My favorite part of the album is the subsequent Opus trilogy that consists of three individual pieces, which although distinct from one another, all possess a billowing undercurrent like that of a winding river carving its way through a vast terrain. The first of these, “Opus: Into the Mist (Part 1)”, is a both a somewhat darker and supremely beautiful piece that cascades abundantly up-and-down the keys with alternating accents on both lower and higher notes in the registers. Initially delicate and wistful-seeming, “Opus: Mist Rising (Part 2)” soon unfurls into an intently focused and penetrating number. Building gradually with a self-contained intensity like a stirring beneath the surface calm, Fiona’s intricate finger-work delivers boldly accented strokes against the edges of the composition’s interior. “Opus: Mist Before Dawn (Part 3)” effectively hints at an impending sunrise, while conveying a soothing sense of release along with the freedom of going with the flow. “Through Cloud” feels emotionally bittersweet; its mood seemingly paralleled by the image of gentle sunrays peering through a light rain shower. “Feeling Sunshine” exudes a golden warmth and air of carefreeness, flowing continuously from all sides like a fountain as the surrounding pool of water ripples on outwards. The slower-paced “Grey Sky Morning” ensues with a quieter mood of reflecting upon fond memories; its arrangement thinly spread-out among the registers with bolder emphases placed on the higher notes. “Galloping” is another favorite with a lovely companion music video. As with her song, “Invisible Train” (from her previous Signature-Solo album), in which Fiona effectively captured the forward motion of a train, she likewise accomplishes a similar effect here with the rhythmic mimicking of galloping horses. The minor-key “The Void” perfectly concludes the album with a sense of emotional intrigue, as if perhaps leaving one with a lingering impression of dreams, memories and secrets.

Easily Fiona Joy’s most accomplished album to date, Into the Mist is a stunning work of pristine elegance and sophisticated beauty expressed with sincerity and depth of the heart. While inherently of a romantic nature, these compositions effectively avoid any trappings of being overly sentimental, instead retaining a captivating essence of mystery throughout. Destined to become one of this year’s best solo instrumental recordings, Into the Mist is simply a must-have for those seeking piano music that’s both subtle and profound!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Into the Mist" is Fiona Joy’s second album on the Blue Coast Records label. Produced by Cookie Marenco, the CD was recorded in the highest digital fidelity possible using a new format called Direct Stream Digital (DSD). The physical CD is an “Audiophile Edition” and is quite expensive, so unless you have really good equipment, downloading or streaming is a much more economical option. I have good speakers in my office and the sound quality using those speakers is remarkable, but I honestly couldn’t hear much difference in my car or in my wake-up alarm (admittedly very inferior play-back devices).

"Into the Mist" is a solo piano recording, and Fiona performs on a 7’ Steinway grand that dates back to 1885. As the title suggests, the music is impressionistic and flows freely without restrictions. Fairly consistent in mood throughout, the music is played at a relaxed and leisurely tempo that often suggests the slow, graceful movement of a dancer, water or foggy mists. Most of the ten pieces are new, but at least three have appeared on previous albums as ensemble pieces. Solo piano really suits Fiona’s elegant and sensuous playing style and I hope she’ll consider doing more of it.

"Into the Mist" opens with “A Walk in the Park,” an easy-going piece that evokes images of warm sunshine, children playing on a green expanse of lawn, and the simple joy of going for a long walk. “Moon Over the Lotus Pond” is very “misty” and fluid, suggesting the slow, graceful movement of dark water in the moonlight. There are hints of an Asian musical influence, but this piece is very impressionistic - suggesting rather than explaining the feeling of being in such a place. Next is a three-part opus, which is the centerpiece of the album. Part 1, “Into the Mist,” is a beautiful piece that is both haunting and poignant as well as somewhat more intense than most of the other tracks. Part 2, “Mist Rising,” is classic Fiona Joy with a softly flowing left hand and a more percussive right hand that crosses into the bass of the piano as well as playing in the upper half of the keyboard. The second half of the piece picks up the tempo with a repeated rolling chord pattern in the left hand and a dancing right hand that showcases Fiona’s mastery of her instrument. Part 3 is “Mist Before Dawn,” something I am quite familiar with here on the Oregon Coast! Again, very impressionistic and without hard edges, Fiona makes great use of the dampers and the low bass of the piano. “Through Cloud” suggests the effortless peace of floating slowly on a cloud, totally relaxed and worry-free. “Feeling Sunshine” is one of the older pieces, but sounds quite different as a piano solo. Energetic and joyful, it’s a nice contrast to some of the less-structured pieces. “The Void” is also classic Fiona Joy and has appeared on a couple of earlier albums. As a solo, the emotional impact of the piece is very tangible and direct - a lovely close to an excellent album.

If you like graceful, peaceful and emotionally-rich solo piano, be sure to check out "Into the Mist"! Highly recommended!
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