Hal Freedman | Classical Soul

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Classical Soul

by Hal Freedman

Expressive, beloved piano solos from the Romantic era. Works by, in order: Chopin (1-2), Liszt (3), Brahms (4-5), Grieg (6-7-8), Rachmaninov (9-10-11), Granados (12-13).
Genre: Classical: Romantic Era
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor, (Posthumous)
4:16 $0.99
2. Prelude in B Flat Major, Op. 28, No. 21
2:31 $0.99
3. Consolation No. 3 (Lento Placido)
3:57 $0.99
4. Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
6:18 $0.99
5. Intermezzo in E Flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1
5:00 $0.99
6. Lyric Piece, Op. 12, No. 1 Arietta
1:29 $0.99
7. Lyric Piece, Op. 43, No. 6 To Spring
2:03 $0.99
8. Lyric Piece, Op. 43, No. 5 Erotik
3:06 $0.99
9. Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5
2:52 $0.99
10. Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4
4:32 $0.99
11. Prelude in G Flat Major, Op. 23, No. 10
3:34 $0.99
12. Laments or The Maiden and the Nightingale (from Goyescas)
6:08 $0.99
13. Epilogue (from Romantic Scenes)
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Album Notes
.“One must first be a human being. All true art grows out of that which is distinctively human.”
Edvard Grieg

These piano solos are expressions of the mid to late R omantic period in Western culture.
The Romantic period began in the early nineteenth century, evolved well into the twentieth
century, and clearly left its stamp on today’s culture. The Romantic aesthetic encompassed
music and all the arts. It was aptly described by the French poet Charles Baudelaire;
“Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject matter nor exact truth but
rather in the way of feeling.”
For the Romantic composers, personal and subjective feeling was far more compelling
than all the forms, attitudes and traditions of the past. Their journey, initiated by Beethoven,
can be described as the intensive inward exploration of the imagination, intuition and
that most powerful of forces, human emotion. They struggled to free themselves from
the conventions of society, reaching new heights of individuality and self-expression. The
prevailing social sentiment among the Romanticists is poignantly expressed by Chopin’s
pronouncement: “I am a revolutionary. Money means nothing to me.” itted against an
increasingly industrial and commercial society, the Romanticists felt that their music was
a “peoples” music and a source of personal enlightenment leading the way to a more ideal
world. In the words of the early Romantic composer Robert Schumann, “To send light into
the darkness of men’s hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” The Romantic movement was
humanist, developing hand-in-hand with the progression of democracy in Europe.
Composers of preceding periods were mainly employees of the aristocratic class hired to
entertain and empower the elite. In contrast, Romantic composers elevated themselves to
the status of independent agent, and were often seen as social heroes — even superstars.
They forged the image of the soul searching, free-spirited musician/artist embraced today.
It could be said that the entire musical output of the romantic era is one, unfinished song
of the human soul. It is a timeless chronicle of our longings, dreams, hopes and aspirations.
In our age of faceless technology and unrelenting commercialism, it signifies a never
ending search for the beauty and meaning in our world. Romanticism is one of the highest
expressions of the greatest treasure we universally possess — the human spirit.



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Savath Thai

Wonderful Romantic Collection
The interpreter brings out the melody of each pieces in a expressive, unique, and
different way. Listen as the artist personificate each note unlike any artist you've
heard before. Each piece is interpreted to remininse of the time of each composer's era.
To understand the concepts, perspective, and reality of the composers era, it's up to
the Artist to put all they've have learned to express History in music. Much like
history, The artist definitely brings each piece to life with his approach to the
curious artistic minds. The Artist's elegant performance brings out all pieces like a
Piano Concert in the comfort of your home. This great Collection a must for all
classical listener.

José Sevillano

Piano music
I feel very fortunate that Hal and his music have become part of my life. His music and what he is able to communicate through it, his dedicated teaching and the little or much I have been able to acquire in the past 3 years, all of it has moved me, changed me, made me a better person. Listening to his music again and again one gains insight and understanding of what a talented musician's life-long dedication to his craft can achieve. Can't wait for your next album.

Meryl Freedman

Piano Music as Art
in an era when pianists are racing for technical virtuosity, as if playing the piano was the Tour de France, where speed and agility take the day, few seem to be competing to create music that is art. Freedman offers the alternative, a work of emotional presence, through which one feels the intensity of what it means to be human and alive. To listen to this album is to be swept on a journey with the composers of nuanced, suffering, passion, and flickers of joy and beauty.

Jamie Van Buskirk

Classical Soul
Both the programming and performance become more enchanting with each listening. Each note, phrase, section and piece resounds with purpose, a tone of it's own and romantic charm. The performer achieves an expression of each composer's musical intent. The listener finds themselves compulsed to listen again and again because the effect is soulful.


Very beautiful playing! Sensitive and touching. Space and time are not just a part of a universe. It starts with Hal Freedman soul.

M. Karpin

Classical Soul
I've studied classical piano with Hal for more a year and in that time have learned much and improved my playing. He is a patient teacher and generous with his knowledge of the instrument.

Listening to this cd has taught me the possibilities. His playing is magical and his musicianship wonderous. How often have you heard a musician perform who is technically flawless yet the playing is empty? Not the case here! When you listen to this cd, you are moved by the depth of feeling in the playing, by the soul of the musician.

Truly, this cd is aptly titled!