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Letters from Far Away

by Heidi Breyer

"Like grains of sand that form the dunes, a multitude of seemingly insignificant things comprise our life and being...but It is love that binds the past and future and gives meaning to the present. Love is the wind that shapes the dunes..."
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. All the Good Things (Solo)
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2. Small Cafe (Solo)
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3. 1960 (Solo)
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4. First Impressions (Solo)
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5. Old Photograph (Solo)
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6. Touchstone (Solo)
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7. Letters from Far Away (Solo)
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8. Welton (Solo)
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9. Scarborough Fair (Solo)
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10. No Man Is an Island (Solo)
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11. Starry Pond (Solo)
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12. All the Good Things (Instrumental)
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13. Small Cafe (Instrumental)
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14. 1960 (Instrumental)
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15. First Impressions (Instrumental)
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16. Old Photograph (Instrumental)
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17. Touchstone (Instrumental)
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18. Letters from Far Away (Instrumental)
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19. Welton (Instrumental)
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20. Scarborough Fair (Instrumental)
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21. No Man Is an Island (Instrumental)
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22. Starry Pond (Instrumental)
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Album Notes
"Letters from Far Away is a love story that began more than five decades ago across the briny Atlantic. For the world, it was a time of new beginnings. For the lovers it was the birth of something so inexplicable that neither poets with their rhymes, nor philosophers with their thoughts could define it. Until now. It would take extraordinary music to explain it. Enter pianist Heidi Breyer. She takes on the monumental task of telling a story that does not appear in known fairytales, but in the chronicles of the heart. Using her incredible composition skills, she offers not one, but two eleven-track disks of solo piano and its companion instrumental pieces. She takes on the role of bard, storyteller, musician, and singer – a modern day Scheherazade. The contemporary music is twenty-two glimpses into the history of lovers that came from two different worlds and whose devotion was strong enough and endured long enough to build a single world of love...
...As I listened to the music, I felt as if I was an old friend to this melodic raconteur. I felt privileged to be invited into a very personal world where secrets and dreams flourish. From these remarkable stories, I distilled the fact that love is certainly the glue that holds not only lovers together, but also bonds the generations of those that are the result of that story together. Heidi Breyer’s music is the loving hands and, more importantly, the loving heart that wraps these events together like magic twine. Bounded by love and music, they become timeless." RJ LANNAN REVIEWS.

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Steve Sheppard, One World Music

A stunning quality album
The music of Heidi Breyer is not just special, but thought provoking and filled with truth, love and remembrances and also shimmering reflections of a sparkling beauty.
Breyer is a rare talent, one that can paint virtual pictures with her music and I am so grateful to be able to review this amazing new album called Letters from Far Away. This album comes in two parts, a solo piano album and a piano with instrumentation album, giving you the choice as your mood sees fit.
The opening track is like opening a door to an old room that has not been used for decades, only to find the memories in there, still live with the happiness and simplicity that they once were a reality in. There is something simple, but moving about this piece, as it starts us on a journey through the past, with a delightful reflection of days long gone.
Small Cafe is a lovely composition, the busy motif of this track is evident, but performed by Breyer in such a way that it never loses its initial meaning and purpose, the tempo is almost the paint brush here, as it quickly creates for us a real life picture of the past with skill and a deftness of hand.
1960 is up next, a small photograph, a grainy image of love and a heart’s desire is all spoken here in the music, the strings bring a real heart rendering quality to the album that is deeply emotional. You will also find that all the way through this quite spectacular recording, you will feel a deep well of emotion rising up within you. 1960 as a track has a dream like pace to it, that will pull you back through the corridors of time itself.
The fourth piece is equally sublime it is called First Impression. There is something quite ambient and still about this composition, even though Breyer’s composition is at times lively in its approach, she has created something almost inner dimensional here, the added vocalizations on this track are absolutely perfect for the subject matter, a quite beautiful piece.
We now move to a track called Old Photograph. Once more the sumptuous strings here add a layer of time felt magic into the weave of this almost danceable track. Time hovers and still reflects its energies in photographs, a piece filled with a reflective essence, a track created with a happiness of positive memories of a path already taken.
The longest piece on the album is called Touchstone. The tempo of this track is initially upbeat, but falls majestically into a quiet phase of reflection, within this composition one can feel the growing passion of a love that needs to flourish, that undeniable truth that all of us have either sampled or are going to. This is a clever track, carefully constructed and very carefully composed and one can almost feel Heidi Breyer’s very soul performing the music, this heartfelt opus of unconditional love. This is one piece you are going to want to listen to many times over and I am guessing one that Breyer herself would probably be very proud of.
So, now for the title track, letters from Far Away, the track has an essence or mournfulness about it, a longing and deep sigh of a need to be one. Letters from Far Away is quite stunning and works on a multi layered front, it creates an amazing, and almost film like scene in the mind’s eye, the narrative here is deeply moving and well performed.
We move to Welton, this for those of you who don’t know, is a place in the East of Yorkshire in England. This can be quite beautiful in the summer months, but pretty harsh during the winter time. Breyer grew up in this town and you can almost feel the energy of those days in her music, the inclusion of the guitar on this piece was subtle and well performed.
There is always time for a classic and you don’t get much more classic than Scarborough Fair. In this instance this connection with this album is totally relevant. This piece is once again packed with a reflective vibrancy that not only relives memories of the past, but illustrates the area perfectly and my I say this is a highly original arrangement that should be applauded for its freshness.
We now move to the penultimate piece off this quite emotional album, it is called No Man is an Island. This is striking and so moving, the added brass on this piece is memory packed and shows a deeply felt migration of style from the past to the present, again Breyer’s work is so brilliantly composed and thought-out it stands her high amongst her peers.
We now have come to the end of our journey with Heidi Breyer, but before she leaves us, she has one more track she would like you to let yourselves be immersed in, it’s called Starry Pond. The oasis of life’s rich pattern, the fabric of the weave of time and tide, the slow ambient nature of this track creates a star filled moment of universal beauty and love, of each and every second lived, loved and deeply felt, a simply magnificent way to leave an album of outstanding natural beauty.
Each and every one of us should immerse ourselves in beauty, in love, in truth and allow yourself to feel each segment of your days on this planet and with the album Letters from Far Away, you now have the perfect soundtrack with which to do so. I don’t simply recommend this album, I really beg you not to miss out on a creation of stunning beauty, and it includes masters of their trade, such as Will Ackerman on Guitar, Jill Haley on horn, Charlie Bisharat on Violin, Eugene Friesen on Cello and many other incredible musicians who team up with Breyer to bring you something that is musically totally outstanding.
A new release by Heidi Breyer is always worth waiting for, but this time she has out done herself and her deeply meaningful creation of Letters from far Away, will be regarded by her fans and the followers of piano based music, as real raising of the musical bar, her many listeners, of which I urge you to be one of, will be deeply moved for an eternity by this incredible release.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Letters From Far Away” is not only a “concept album” in which all the songs revolve around a central story, but is a double CD. One disc is an ensemble recording that features Heidi on piano accompanied by a host of world-class musicians from the studio of Grammy winning Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. As on most projects recorded at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios, the accompaniment is generally understated and supportive, without drawing attention away from the primary artist. The second disc contains solo piano versions of the same songs in the same order. Having listened first to the ensemble CD, and then to the solo CD, I felt that all the songs stood exceptionally well on their own, and I didn’t have a sense that anything was missing in the solo versions without the additional instruments.

Heidi’s music has wonderful dynamics, which rise and fall gracefully. I also appreciated the exquisite use of space in her playing. In addition to her alternately powerful and subtle piano work, on a track called “First Impressions,” Heidi adds ethereal wordless vocals that seem to drift in from far away. The depth of emotion that Heidi brings to the album’s title track is heart wrenching and its poignancy is further accentuated by the song’s sonorous string accompaniment. A real surprise, and a most pleasant one at that on this album of primarily original material is a unique instrumental version of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic “Scarborough Fair.” It would be an understatement to say that Heidi has taken great liberty and artistic license in her radically reworked rendition. But I must say that I was impressed with her bold interpretation of this iconic composition.

With this release, Heidi has provided us with a treasure trove of beautiful recorded music, as well as an upcoming fifth CD to look forward to. Heidi Breyer is a truly remarkable instrumentalist and composer whose expressive and melodic range is impressive, as is her emotionally evocative touch on the keyboard. “Letters From Far Away” is musical storytelling at its best and illuminates the talents of a rising star in the piano world.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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R J lannan

Letters from Far Away
Heidi Breyer
Letters from Far Away
Winterhall Records
The ink may fade, but the memories…
Letters from Far Away is a love story that began more than five decades ago across the briny Atlantic. For the world, it was a time of new beginnings. For the lovers it was the birth of something so inexplicable that neither poets with their rhymes, nor philosophers with their thoughts could define it. Until now. It would take extraordinary music to explain it. Enter pianist Heidi Breyer. She takes on the monumental task of telling a story that does not appear in known fairytales, but in the chronicles of the heart. Using her incredible composition skills, she offers not one, but two eleven-track disks of solo piano and its companion instrumental pieces. She takes on the role of bard, storyteller, musician, and singer - a modern day Scheherazade. The contemporary music is twenty-two glimpses into the history of lovers that came from two different worlds and whose devotion was strong enough and endured long enough to build a single world of love. Let us meet the lovers.
The album begins with the song All Good Things (solo). Like voyeurs, we see the lovers from a distance. The music is gentle, unhurried, as if their days stretch along for longer than they deserve. Such is the first blush of love, carefree with the heat in their souls now kindled.
They met every Tuesday. They sat at the table that had a linen tablecloth and enjoyed their tea and biscuits, but really, they enjoyed each other mostly. Heidi’s song, Small Café (ensemble) provides the music for a lazy afternoon, where they ignored the crowds that meandered by, because all they saw was the depth of each other’s eyes and it was not too long that they could hear the beating of their hearts.
First impressions are so important, don’t you think? The song First Impressions (solo) is a light-hearted tune that suggests a question or two in between the notes. Was it the spark in her eyes? Was it his smile? Was it the way she curled a long strand of her hair behind her ear? Or was it his air of confidence? These are all question that the heart poses even though the words are never spoken. In this one the music speaks for the spirit.
One of my many favorites on Letters from Far away is a number called Touchstone (ensemble). With the voice of Noah Wilding and I suspect maybe Heidi as well, it is a celebration that occurs when to two lovers discover that they are made just for each other. The heart does a special little dance when it knows that it has found the one. This is the music you hear when it happens. It is a waltz of hearts.
The original concept of the 16th century English ballad Scarborough Fair (solo) was challenge to a lover. Heidi’s modern solo piano rendering is a tribute to the hardscrabble life that comes from living on the angry coast of North Yorkshire. The sea constantly crashes against the limestone cliffs that have withstood the test of time and war. It is a difficult place for love to flourish, but love can be persistent too, eroding away doubt. This sweet melody is musical reassurance.
The album closes with Starry Pond (solo). If anything, the tune is bittersweet, but it is an ominous tune, full of promise. I could imagine the stars up in the sky as one lover and the reflection of those same stars in the pond below as another. They inhabit the same universe as a reflection of each other, yet they are the same entity. It was almost sad to listen to the song fade away.
As I listened to the music, I felt as if I was an old friend to this melodic raconteur. I felt privileged to be invited into a very personal world where secrets and dreams flourish. From these remarkable stories, I distilled the fact that love is certainly the glue that holds not only lovers together, but also bonds the generations of those that are the result of that story together. Heidi Breyer’s music is the loving hands and, more importantly, the loving heart that wraps these events like magic twine. Bounded by love and music, they become timeless.
Rating: Excellent
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Letters From Far Away" is pianist/composer Heidi Breyer’s fourth album and is a two-disc set. Both discs contain the same eleven pieces - one as solo piano and one as a piano and instrumental collaboration with some of the stellar musicians from Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio. Even though the tracks are the same and play in the same order, the discs are actually quite different from each other. Breyer says in the liner notes that her original concept for the project was to do her first solo piano album where each track would stand on its own. As development went on, she imagined a violin here and a cello there and pretty soon another album was taking shape. The result is the same story told in two different ways. The story itself is about Breyer’s parents’ meeting and subsequent life together as well as how it is love that binds the past and the future and gives meaning to the present.

It is always obvious when listening to Breyer’s music that it comes from the depths of her heart and soul - honest, graceful, and very beautiful. Most of the pieces on "Letters From Far Away" are quiet and pensive, reflecting on the idea that you can see through time to the origin of things beyond your own beginning. I really don’t prefer one disc over the other - they are both masterpieces. The solo piano version seems more personal and intimate and is also easier to have in the background, but the ensemble recordings all have personal touches from the other musicians that create a very rich and satisfying musical experience that deepens with each listen.

Breyer has been involved in music all her life through dance, drama and music study at the Arts Educational School and Trinity College of Music in the UK. As a result, she is completely at one with the piano and plays with an elegant, expressive touch that can clearly communicate whatever she chooses to share with us. Some of the other musicians who appear on the album include Will Ackerman (guitar), Jill Haley (English horn), Eugene Friesen (cello), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Billy Novick (clarinet and sax), and Noah Wilding (vocals) - all artists in their own right who make this album something very special.

"Letters From Far Away" is a wonderful project that should once again propel Heidi Breyer to the top of the charts while touching her listeners very deeply! Very highly recommended!
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