Gretchen Yanover | Waves Wash Over Us

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Waves Wash Over Us

by Gretchen Yanover

This CD takes listeners on a new musical journey which expands the mood dimensions of the cello. The 8 compositions offer variety of atmosphere, yet maintain a rich coherence.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Turnaround
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2. 3+1 = Before
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3. Equinox
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4. Waves Wash Over Us
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5. Myth: To, Pt. Two
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6. Willow's Waltz
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7. Song of the Apple Tree
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8. P.S. I Remember
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The invention is wonderful. The textures meltingly beautiful. I love the development of ideas from the first cd to the second one."
-David Lockington, conductor

Gretchen believes in beauty. Much of her music has conveyed longing, calming, reflection, and joy. With her second album, she conveys determination, whimsy, freedom, and still beauty. Each listener has a unique experience with her work, and Gretchen loves hearing about how her music interacts with each individual.

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Eric Cohen

Cello As Intended To Be Heard
Gretchen Yanover is a remarkable musician and her talents are obvious in the emotions articulated in her music and instrumentation. All I can say is that if you enjoy beautiful cello, and you are looking for music that becomes a partner with your soul , then look no further.
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Loren Spain

Let the waves wash over you...
Just about everything you could ask of a listening experience swells from the eight tracks on this CD, “Waves Wash Over Us”: melodies you may find yourself humming, musical innovation that may startle you, and a multiplicity of moods to revel in.

"Turnaround", the intriguingly titled song that opens the CD, with its brisk, restless tempo and alternating strokes and lines of melody, suggests a journey that could carry you into realms of introspection, or, if you've watched Ms. Yanover perform the song in her YouTube video as I did, you may lured into an extrovert's reverie of the world outside of the in-side.

In "3 + 1 = Before", the sound of Ms. Yanover’s bow intersecting with the strings of her cello produces vibrato tones that flicker like a candle-flame. The piece has the quality of a question-and-answer that’s passed between the duetting cellos as it revolves toward something like a resolution, or…?

An "Equinox" is a fascinating phenomena to contemplate, a cosmic event that brings equality to day and night, suggesting mystical opportunities for the achievement of harmony, and the reconciliation of opposites, in all spheres of life. In this song the music is swirling, turbulent, and in swift transit, like the Earth and Sun dancing, spinning and revolving around each other, which makes "Equinox" the most dramatic and haunting listening experience on the entire CD.

"Waves Wash Over Us" is the quiet sun, the radiant center of this CD, and not just because it's the title track. It’s as if Ms. Yanover had channeled a higher musical intelligence into her instrument – her own self – and then, into the instrument that her instrument speaks through – her cello. Musically speaking, she’s broken down the boundaries separating two distinct cultures -- one very ancient and the other very new in comparison to it -- and then fused together the best parts of both. Whether she intended to do this, or not, regardless, she actually managed to re-create the splendidly devotional sound and spirit-feel of an East Indian, or Hindu "raga" while employing only Western musical instrumentation, and in a solo context at that, using only her cello and multi-track recording techniques. This is a serene, and yet stunning recording, all at the same time. It proves that, in music as in "karma", what goes around, comes around.

"Willow's Waltz" is such an assertive, energetic, and fierce little waltz! It surges and swoons, thrusts and parries in a most spirited way, like a pirate tapping out a gleeful jig in ¾ time on the wooden lid of a chest of stolen treasure. Wacth out -- it’s the kind of infectious music that people will catch you waltzing to when you thought you were alone! It’s that much fun.

"Song of the Apple Tree" is a gentle, lovely, nostalgic thing to listen to, and feel. The melody has the pastoral quality of an old-world English folksong, something that composers such as Rafe Vaughn Williams, or Percy Grainger could have composed, or find inspiration in. If it had lyrics, they might sing of the passage of time as observed by the changing of the seasons, or of the nostalgia for one's birthplace after having been away from it for a long time.

"P.S. I Remember". Have you ever attended a party that you didn't want to end? Not just any old party, but an elegantly-mounted event where the guests were dressed in their best, the conversation was bubbly, the food was superb, and the dance floor was always crowded because the musicians were simply divine? That's the mood that Ms. Yanover and her pianist father conjure up in this charming, effervescent concoction, "P.S. I Remember". They really "put on the Ritz" with this one! If musical instruments had minds and hearts of their own, this is how they would sound as they flirted with each other. It's just barely suggestive of a tango, star-dusted with notes of blue smiles from her father's jazz-inflected piano, which Ms. Yanover dances through and around with her gracious, gliding cello melody. The romance of the late Astor Piazzolla's bandoneon-playing style would be the perfect compliment to this salon-styled piece. Just hold your champagne glass still and allow the musicians to fill it with musical spirits.

Each one of these songs had its own character, its own personality, its own reason for being, and they will hold your attention through repeated listenings, as they have done for me.
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