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A Classical Meditation

by Gary Schmidt

A beautiful collection of intimate classical piano solos for relaxation, meditation, and rejuvenation. Impeccably played by award winning pianist, Gary Schmidt.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Adagio from Concerto in Dm
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2. Etude No. 2
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3. Claire de lune
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4. Pieces Froides: Danses de Travers No. 1
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5. Nocturne in Ab
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6. Fur Alina
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7. Piano Concerto No. 2
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8. Moonlight Sonata
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9. Canon in D
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10. Nocturne in C#m
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11. Pieces Froides: Danses De Travers No. 2
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12. Piano Concerto in G Major
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13. Orfeo et Eurydice: Melodie for Piano Solo
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14. Symphony No. 7
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15. New World Symphony
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Album Notes
Following up on his very successful recording of original meditative piano solos (produced by Grammy awarding winning founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman) comes this beautiful collection of meditative classical piano solos. The piano solos have been hand picked and curated to be accessible to a very wide range of listeners. Some of the tracks are well known but many are rather obscure treasures waiting to be discovered by the listener. Others are piano versions of pieces normally heard in symphonic form. Recording on a wonderful Steinway piano the recording is warm and inviting and will transform your listening space into a wonderful oasis.

Gary Schmidt's first Cd called Landscapes of the Heart won two different Album of the Year awards including Best Piano with Instruments from One World Radio in Europe.

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Kathy Parsons

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Gary Schmidt’s "A Classical Meditation" is a collection of fifteen classical pieces that were composed over a period from the late 1600’s into the 2000’s - from JS Bach and Pachelbel through Philip Glass and Arvo Part. All but one of the pieces are arranged for solo piano; one includes synth strings. It’s a fascinating collection of both familiar and not-so-familiar classics that are on the quieter, more meditative side. Most listeners will be familiar with Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Debussy’s “Claire de Lune,” so that will give you a point of reference for the overall feel of the album - thoughtful and expressive without a lot of flashy bravado. Gary Schmidt has done an excellent job of making a diverse group of pieces work together seamlessly, and his playing is flawless. Recorded on a Steinway grand piano, the piano sound is warm and rich.

"A Classical Meditation" begins with the Adagio movement from JS Bach’s Concerto in Dm. Played with warmth and poignance, it’s a lovely start! From Bach, we jump a few hundred years to Philip Glass’ “Etude #2,” a beautifully relaxed and flowing piece in Glass’ distinctive minimalist style. “Clair de Lune” is undoubtedly Claude Debussy’s most famous composition and is an iconic piece from the Impressionist movement. In Schmidt’s very capable hands, it sparkles and soothes. Eric Satie has two short pieces on the album, both from his “Pieces Froides, Danse de Travers,” #1 and #2. Not as well-known as his “Gymnopedies” and “Gnossiennes,” they are lovely examples of Satie’s simplicity and no-frills directness. Scriabin was a Russian composer in the later Romantic era, and his “Nocturne in Ab” combines a sweet melody with a flowing left hand, imbuing it with grace and gentle movement. Arvo Part is a contemporary Estonian composer of classical and religious music, and his “Fur Alina” is open and spacious. The second movement from Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto is soulful and melancholy. Synth strings add tonal color to this one. Chopin’s “Nocturne in C#m” is a piece published after his death (and one of my favorite nocturnes to play!). Deeply emotional and expressive, Schmidt does a beautiful job with it. I wasn’t familiar with Ravel’s “Concerto in G (second movement).” Slow, eloquent and played with heartfelt expression, it’s one of my favorites on the album. “Orfeu et Eurydice: Melodie” is a piano transcription by Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948) of a piece from the opera by Gluck. Slow and elegant with simmering passion, it’s another favorite. The second movement of Beethoven’s seventh symphony is dark and mysterious - possibly funereal - with a much lighter passage in the second half. A solo piano arrangement of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony (Largo)” overflows with hope and brings this excellent album to a peaceful close.
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