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Carried Away

by Janice Faber

New Age piano and classical music intertwined.. elegance, grace and peace on piano
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Looking Forward
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2. Gift of Joy
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3. Morning Prayer
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4. Imagining
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5. Carried Away
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6. Nocturne
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7. Steadfast
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8. Passing Through
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9. Gracious Gift
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10. Peace Be Still
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11. Hero
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12. Tomorrow's Hope
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13. Gentle Soul
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14. Neverending
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15. Strand of Three Chords
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16. Night Music
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Kathy Parsons

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"Carried Away" is Janice Faber’s third release and her first recording of original compositions ("Measures of Grace" and "Rest Assured" are collections of Faber’s solo piano arrangements of traditional hymns). Some of the sixteen pieces began their evolution as far back as when Faber was eleven years old and have gone through many changes. Others sprang to life relatively quickly as improvisations. Faber brings a wealth of experience to her music that includes eight years of intensive classical music training (including a college degree) and three decades of performing regularly at church services. Her style is graceful and fluid, infused with feelings of optimism, hope, and a deep religious faith. She explains the title of her album: “To be carried away by music... what a gift. Music can take us to a different place in our mind or create a feeling we didn’t have just moments before. Music can bring us peace, and touch our spirits like nothing else can. That’s the beauty of music; it can simply carry us away.”

"Carried Away" begins with “Looking Forward,” a piece with a quiet, steady left hand and a more effervescent right, conveying warm optimism and feelings of moving ahead. “Gift of Joy” continues in a similar vein, enveloping the listener in peaceful sounds that soothe like a long hug. “Morning Prayer” turns inward with gentle thoughts expressed as a musical prayer - a favorite. I also really like “Imagining,” a piece that demonstrates how Faber uses her imagination when creating music, allowing it to come into being in a natural, improvisational way. The title track floats on an ambient cloud of utter peacefulness. “Nocturne” is a bit more classical and describes the feelings of quiet aloneness that often come when it seems the rest of the world is asleep - gorgeous! “Passing Through” is another favorite and reminds me of some of David Nevue’s simple but soul-stirring pieces with its uncomplicated elegance and heartfelt emotion. “Peace Be Still” is a comforting massage for the mind that soothes as only music can. “Neverending” is a tune Faber wrote when she was eleven-years-old, and she says that “Variations of it have been played in every key imaginable, and it was beautifully named by my parents that many years ago.” “Night Music” begins with a teasing intro that could have come from Chopin but quickly goes in a different direction. I love this piece and its feelings of stillness, peace, and gentle introspection. It also treats us to Faber’s agile fingers dancing effortlessly on the keys, concluding a wonderful album!

"Carried Away" is a real gift for the ears, mind and the spirit. Highly recommended
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CAREFUL COMPOSING COMBINES WITH PIANO IMPROVISATION
Janice Faber -- Carried Away -- janicefaberpiano.com

Following two albums of her solo piano arrangements of traditional church hymns, Janice Faber has recorded original solo piano music on her new CD called CARRIED AWAY. Faber says she creates her compositions several different ways. Sometimes she works out the melody lines in advance and other times she just sits at the piano and plays within the moment until a theme emerges that she feels like pursuing. Either way she elaborates on the melody with extensive improvisation. She pours incredible emotion and feelings into each piece. This is a passionate instrumental recording. Rather than sounding like the soundtrack to a film, her sounds call up images in your mind. After proving herself a good arranger of traditional music, this CD proves to be a big step forward since she is putting her own original material out there on the line. It will be interesting to see if she can continue offering up quality compositions of her own in the future as well as demonstrating she can grow and change. Add Janice Faber’s name to the growing list of quality solo pianists now coming to the forefront.
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Although this is Janice Faber’s third album of piano performances, this is the first album featuring her original compositions, and it is a solid collection.

The CD features sixteen tracks, some of which sound like hymns and others of which sound like classical pieces. That’s no surprise considering that these forms are among Faber’s primary influences. Regardless of whether or not you like hymns or classical music, you will still like Faber’s original compositions because, no matter their source or inspiration, they stand on their own as beautiful pieces of music.

This is also one of those rare albums that are so perfect from beginning to end that when you pop the disc in, the music drifts dreamily into your consciousness and takes you away into a place of serenity and tranquility. The other great quality of the CD is that it is cohesive in terms of its overall feel of peace and quiet, which is the result of both Faber’s gentle compositions and subtle, nuanced playing.

The soothing nature of the music makes it perfect for use as background music, for unwinding, or for getting rid of tension and stress.
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Afectuoso y delicado sentimiento
Después de sus dos últimos álbumes de himnos eclesiásticos, la pianista y compositora Janice Faber publica su primer CD de solos de piano con composiciones originales, un CD que surge tras años y años de pasión frente al piano. Carried Away contiene dieciséis pistas, algunas improvisadas en el momento y otras son el resultado de horas y horas sentada frente al instrumento. Faber nos presenta un disco suave, de música amable y de fácil escucha, un piano que destaca por su toque afectuoso y delicado sentimiento; una música de ambiente, tranquila y romántica.

Risueña es la pista que abre el CD, "Looking Forward". Las manos de la pianista juegan por el teclado creando una melodía bailarina y entrañable. Con un sutil ritmo y acordes que se repiten, Janice alegra el momento con su música.

"Gift Of Joy" es la composición con la melodía más bella de todo el álbum. Su música es dulce, pero guarda pasión y un poco de emoción, todo ello encerrado en un entorno romántico. Los cambios son fantásticos, el resultado... bellísimo!. Me encanta este tema.

La elegancia y el afecto se unen en "Morning Prayer", una pieza a medio camino entre el género clásico y el piano contemporáneo. La sencillez de su melodía es lo que ofrece a esta composición algo especial, un sentimiento profundo y sumamente poderoso.

"Imagining" es el título perfecto para esta música. Si imaginan surcar los propios sueños volando entre ellos, sin duda, esta es la música que os acompañaría. Interesante y ligeramente movida, las manos de Faber se agitan para dar vida a la incesante melodía. Me gusta!.

La pista cinco da nombre al álbum. Un tema íntimo, nada preocupado, apacible y cálido. Conmovedores arpegios en la zona baja del piano se mezclan con exquisito cuidado a las notas que nacen de la zona más alta.

"Nocturne" es la pieza a destacar de Carried Away, una obra muy clásica, de ambiente privado y de una técnica perfecta. Sencillamente bella y muy apasionada, Faber nos deja boquiabiertos con esta increíble música heredada de los grandes clásicos. Una maravilla que deja sin palabras.

"Steadfast" es una de las piezas que pasa inadvertida. La melodía repetida hasta la saciedad se crea en la parte baja del piano, mientras la mano derecha hace vaivenes de acordes y notas. Un título perfecto para esta tenaz melodía.

"Passing Through". La mayor parte de la obra se reproduce en las notas más altas del piano, lo que le da un sentido emocionante y reflexivo. Una música que despierta bellos pensamientos. Qué poder!.

"Gracious Gift" es otra apasionada pieza de Carried Away. Llena de sentimientos, es fácil imaginar a Janice disfrutar tocando esta pieza. Cerrar los ojos y disfrutar de sus notas es fascinante.

El título lo dice todo, "Peace Be Still". Lo más en suavidad y calma, esta composición contiene los ingredientes perfectos para arrastrar al oyente a unos momentos de paz. Silencios que acompañan a las notas y el tierno toque crean la pieza perfecta para el descanso.

Fría y seria es "Hero", una música que permanece en las notas más bajas del piano, surgiendo fugazmente la misma melodía en la zona alta. Posiblemente, sea uno de los temas más personales que contiene el álbum.

Hermosa obra es "Tomorrow's Hope". Nacida en lo más profundo, a esta música se le brinda dos calificativos, entrañable y soñadora. El cuidado con el que Faber acaricia las teclas del piano, unido a la perfecta composición, hacen que este tema sea uno de los favoritos del CD.

De nuevo hace aparición la ternura, pero esta vez con un toque de gracia. "Gentle Soul" aporta luz y esperanza, y aunque su fluir no sea muy rápido, sus notas crean el mismo efecto de optimismo radiante. Me gusta!.

"Neverending" es la pieza más querida y más trabajada de Faber. Durante años, la artista ha ido dando forma a esta composición oscura e íntima. Esta es otra de las piezas, que junto a "Nocturne" rozan el estilo clásico. Bello y sombrío, este tema es otro de mis preferidos.

"Strand Of Three Chords", curioso y directo el título para esta composición. Compuesto por sólo la unión de tres acordes, se intuye que es una de las piezas improvisadas de Carried Away, pero no por ello, deja de ser un tema precioso.

Un final extenso escrito por "Night Music". Otra de las piezas a destacar en este último trabajo, "Night Music" dejar ver con celo la pericia de Janice al piano, mostrando algunos fragmentos rápidos entre acordes llenos de pasión. Asombrosa!.


No hay duda de que la artista Janice Faber es una maestra a la hora de componer y en este último trabajo deja evidencias de ello. Carried Away es uno de esos álbumes que es muy recomendable escuchar con atención, siendo esta la mejor manera para disfrutarlo. Las composiciones que forman el CD son variadas e interesantes, guardando un carácter único, íntimo y apasionado. Carried Away es un álbum muy recomendable.

reviewsnewage.com
10/08/11
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