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Breathing Space

by Paul Sylvan

An exquisite collection of beautifully melodic, original pieces for piano with orchestral accompaniment. Ideal for relaxation and quiet contemplation, either on your own or with friends.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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1. Sun Rising
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2. Standing Still
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3. Daydream
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4. Rainy Day
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5. Wondering
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6. Spring Walk
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7. The Churchyard
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8. After the Rain
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9. Old Dreaming
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10. Nearness
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11. Breathing Space
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12. The Hinterland
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13. Long Return
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14. Another Time
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15. Mountain Air
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16. The Gloaming
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Paul lives on a barge in the south of England and it is the quiet, open and sometimes wild spaces of the rivers and canals in this part of the world that have inspired 'Breathing Space', his 4th album. This collection of original compositions for piano with orchestral accompaniment is elegantly crafted and reflects a timeless beauty that is often forgotten in the busyness of the modern world.
To find out more about Paul, his music and other available albums visit: www.paulsylvanmusic.com





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Jean Andre Nicolas, The British Wheel of Yoga

Breathing Space
Yesterday, my friend the composer Paul Sylvan, arrived with his newly released CD entitled "Breathing Space". Some of Paul's previous productions have been used by followers of yoga and knowing of my connection with the Wheel, Paul asked me to make an honest review of the 16 tracks.
 
I think this album is a lovely treatment of piano solo and flute with orchestral backing. It creates a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, which would be suitable for the beginning of a yoga class or ideal for a cosy dinner with one's partner or friends. The musical structure is free flowing, the melodic lines are soft but still in the style of European tradition. I would say it is an excellent example of mood music and would make a nice present for people who enjoy a relaxed tempo.
You can sample tracks and purchase this album from Paul’s website: www.paulsylvanmusic.com where you can also find links to Amazon and iTunes.
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Kathy Parsons

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The first thing you notice about Paul Sylvan’s new album, "Breathing Space," is the stunningly beautiful cover artwork by Charles Barrington. Inside the liner notes is the quote, “ Music is within us all but we must find the space to hear it.” Intrigued, I started exploring Paul Sylvan’s website and discovered that he grew up in the South of England and attended The London College of Music, where he studied piano and started composing. He later established a piano restoration business in Sussex and continued to compose. Realizing the therapeutic value of music, Sylvan received a government grant and established a music therapy center, working primarily with people with special needs. Wanting to step back from the fast pace of life, Sylvan and his wife packed a tent and their bicycles and took 3 1/2 years to see the world. When they returned to England in 2006, they outfitted a large river barge and loaded on their music equipment. They now live on the rivers and canals of rural England. What an inspiring story!

"Breathing Space" is Sylvan’s fourth album of original music and contains sixteen gentle orchestrations with and without piano. Many of the titles are nature-inspired and most of the music is very quiet and serene. This is wonderful music to relax with or to have as a musical backdrop. I only wish the piano was acoustic, but that’s a small point with such lovely orchestrations.

The album begins with the very peaceful “Sun Rising,” written for piano, flutes, and strings, and which sets the tone and mood of the CD. “Standing Still” is very slow and graceful in its stillness. “Rainy Day” is a slightly melancholy daydream and a favorite. “Wondering” also has a very dreamy quality but the tone is much warmer. “The Churchyard” begins with the sound of church bells, and then flute and strings create a mood of solitude and perhaps loss. It’s a very haunting piece that would be wonderful in a movie soundtrack. The title track is my favorite. It begins as a piano solo with light string accompaniment. The strings swell as the piece evolves, but the piano stays in the foreground. The mood is pensive, on the dark side, and often passionate. What a beauty! “The Hinterland” suggests bitter cold and isolation and yet remains gorgeous. “Another Time” is a lovely, wistful piano solo. The closing track, “The Gloaming,” refers to the twilight time between sunset and dark. Peace and contentment fill the piece and end the album with a sigh. Check it out!
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Paget Aisling

Breathing Space
Weeks have passed since I first received a copy of Paul Sylvan's latest album "Breathing Space". I wanted to write about it immediately but I have been unable to find the words. Instead, I continue playing it and playing it more and more!...delighting in the myriad of listening and of being that it inspires. I encourage you to discover for yourself.
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