Michael Loonan | A Season of Grace

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A Season of Grace

by Michael Loonan

Turn on the fireplace, relax and experience a musical journey, with Michael Loonan (piano) and Brigid McCarthy (violin). Beautiful blending of classic melodies with new themes.
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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1. All through the night
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2. Oh Christmas Tree
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3. Good King Wenceslas
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4. Angels from the realms of glory
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5. Here we come a-wassailing
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6. God rest ye merry gentlemen
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7. How can I keep from singing?
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8. Once in royal David's City
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9. We three kings of Orient are
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10. Ode to Joy
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11. Oh little town of Bethlehem
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12. Melody from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Pathetique
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13. Lo, how a rose e're blooming
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14. Dona nobis pacem
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15. Auld Lang Syne
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"A Season of Grace" is Michael Loonan's follow-up release to his 2003 CD, "Piano for the Holidays." A Season of Grace features 15 songs, beautifully interpreted by Michael Loonan on piano, along with violinist, Brigid McCarthy. The songs are true to their original form, but each contains new directions and progressions, composed and arranged by Michael Loonan. Brigid's violin adds an incredibly peaceful sheen to the mix. The CD contains mostly holiday songs, but can be listened to year round.

Michael has been playing piano professionally for over 20 years, providing top-notch musical entertainment for weddings, private parties, corporate events, holiday parties and more. Michael has written hundreds of songs, and composed music for TV/Radio jingles, as well as TV documentaries and live corporate events. He is in high demand as a pianist for a variety of party settings. Michael's vast repertoire includes popular standards, contemporary classics, jazz and classical. Look for more solo-piano CDs to be released by Michael in the future. Check out his website, http://www.michaelloonan.com for more information. Michael is also a voice-over artist for TV/Radio commercials: http://www.michaelloonan.voice123.com. For more of Michael's original music, check out http://www.myspace.com/michaelloonan.

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Carol Swanson

Everything works very, very well on this album.
Last year, I reviewed Loonan's earlier seasonal release, Piano for the Holidays (reviewed here), and it was a warm and winning instrumental offering of solo piano music. Amazingly, I like A Season of Grace even more--for at least two reasons. First, and more importantly, this new album features an added "voice." In addition to Loonan's wonderful piano playing, Brigid McCarthy (Loonan's pal since the 7th grade!) provides an excellent violin counterpoint, often exchanging phrasing, and switching back and forth on melody and harmony lines. This dialogue presents an intimate and rewarding holiday conversation. I also prefer A Season of Grace because of its more sumptuous length--almost 54 minutes of gentle elegance.
This is an exceptional instrumental album. Its 15 tracks cover a broad range of well-known ancient carols and classical bits, including some personal favorites. The tone is low-key, but retains a lyrical intensity throughout. My favorite cuts include "Good King Wenceslas," which features very cool phrasing first presented by Loonan's expressive piano, then picked up by McCarthy's responsive violin, and the always lovely "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming." I could listen to this album endlessly; in fact, I've played it twice through this evening! A Season of Grace would provide a beautiful backdrop for any festive gathering--or for that quiet evening wrapping gifts. Everything works very, very well on this album. Thank you, Michael Loonan and Brigid McCarthy!
--Carol Swanson, www.christmasreviews.com
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Wendy V

Simple holiday elegance!
Just in time for the holidays comes Michael's second all-instrumental album of Christmas classics. He's joined by violin prodigy Brigid McCarthy, who adds an exquisite touch to Michael's lovely piano arrangements. This is the kind of album to play in the background if you are hosting people over the holidays, or just curled up in a blanket on the couch while relaxing by the tree. No flash, just simple, elegant playing guaranteed to soothe the soul when the atmosphere is heavy with Christmas.
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Sharon Planer

Love the CD!
Your CD was the perfect touch as my husband and I lingered over our morning coffee. You and the violinist really complement each other into a very nice blend of Christmas melodies.
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