Leona Francombe | Wilderness Pilgrim

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Wilderness Pilgrim

by Leona Francombe

The passion, mystery and serenity of nature come alive in these heartfelt performances of original, romantic piano music played by the composer herself: the maverick classical pianist Leona Francombe.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Journey
5:33 $0.99
2. Cry of Wild Places
4:55 $0.99
3. Dreamcatcher
3:08 $0.99
4. Millennium Tree
4:49 $0.99
5. Wilderness Dances
9:16 $0.99
6. Earthsong
5:04 $0.99
7. Snowfields
4:06 $0.99
8. Northern Fantasy
8:33 $0.99
9. High Mountain Waltz
6:13 $0.99
10. Homecoming
2:26 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Wilderness Pilgrim has been called "profound", "passionate", "moving", "serene". This series of original piano compositions, composed by the maverick classical pianist Leona Francombe, is both a hymn to nature, and an attempt to capture a deeply personal voice and offer it to a wide public. The music itself - melodic, romantic and dance-like, has already been welcomed in Europe by folk and rock musicians, classical conservatives, unmusical skeptics, harried workaholics, and even the corner grocer ("I heard in it joy, anger and hope", he said, a born philosopher). Slowly, by word of mouth, this music is spreading its roots.

In the airless confines of classical music, Leona Francombe has always sought to open a window. Despite a pedigree that awarded her membership in this exclusive profession at an early age: debut at sixteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony, successful competitions, a Master's from Yale, a Rotary scholarship to study in Vienna and years of solo and chamber concerts in Europe, where she resides, Leona has refused to be defined by these parameters.

For this pianist, music is not a way to gain access to fancy halls and influential people, or to seek empty fame through peddling a tired, ailing repertoire. It is rather a means to communicate and inspire. Period. On a gleaming Steinway before rapt hundreds. Or even better, on an old, broken-down upright for a single person in need. The true magic of music can happen at any moment, in any situation.

In the late 80's and early 90's, Leona, of English and Czech heritage, received grants from the European Cultural Foundation to unite musicians from Eastern and Western Europe in joint chamber ensembles. She went on to perform as a soloist, compose, teach privately and present seminars in schools and other venues.

Leona has collaborated on this recording with the Canadian photographer Roy Andersen, whose stunning photo of Mt. Rundle in Banff appears on the cover. They hope that the music will also convey a subtle environmental message: that is, that natural beauty resonates with an ancient wisdom that we ignore or plunder at our peril.

Scandalously for all you techies, this disc is unedited and unmastered! That means that Leona sat down and played it all for you, without stopping, in her own studio, as if you were there on the couch just a few feet away. Hopefully you'll enjoy the result!



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