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Solo Piano Tales

by Piotr Komorowski

Sixteen fully improvised, intimate stories told by means of warm piano sounds.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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1. Winds Upon My Village
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2. Friendship for Sale
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3. End of Summer
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4. Hopefully
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5. A Day in Tatra Mountains
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6. Foggy Morning
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7. Birds of Wood
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8. It All Started When the Book Fell (Nocturne)
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9. Second Thoughts
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10. Forgotten Photographs
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11. Everybody Knows This Legend
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12. Winter's Tale
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13. Aquarium
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14. The Unwritten Letter
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15. Unexpected Guest
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16. First Snow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Being a composer of illustrative music I experience the enormity of possibilities, which the modern technology makes available to the artist as he or she is engaged in creative work. The same goes for the common-day life filled with continuous impetus of new opportunities, events, and places. This cornucopia of experience engenders longing for intermission, simplicity, silence, and reflection upon what surrounds us.
I present you some recordings: improvisations which mirror my personal reflection, which are a comeback to simplicity and freedom that accompany the artist-instrument relation. A relation which initiated my musical affair.

Piotr Komorowski


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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
To say that Polish pianist and conductor Piotr Komorowski has had a distinguished professional career would certainly be an understatement. Not content to rest on his laurels, however, he is constantly exploring and pursuing new creative frontiers. One thing I found of particular interest about Piotr’s background as it relates to his new album is the contrast between his formal education in classical music and his interest in improvisation. His recent release, Solo Piano Tales, is comprised of 16 improvisations, which he recorded spontaneously in his studio. So, given Piotr’s deep roots in classical music, I was very curious to hear what his original compositions would sound like. “Winds upon My Village,” which opens the album, to my ear, was less classically-oriented, and more kindred in spirit to the new age music genre, and something you might hear from George Winston or Liz Story. The composition is spacious and uncluttered, yet full of emotional content, making for a wonderful start to the recording. The same could be said of the next track, entitled “Friendship For Sale.” I found that it also struck an emotional chord within me, which I might not go so far as to call melancholy, but there is an air of longing about it. By the time I got to track 4, “A Day in Tatra Mountains,” I was beginning to get more of a sense of Piotr’s style which, while delightfully simple melodically, is able to convey a surprising depth of emotional complexity.

One of the things that stood out to me about Piotr’s compositions and playing is the continuity that flows from one track to the next, that expresses a wistful, far away feeling reflected throughout. While there is melodic variety in his compositions, this particular mood seems to permeate the album. For listeners who like to put on an album that creates a certain space, Solo Piano Tales will be much to their liking. I was taken by his peaceful contemplative style that at times, reminded me of the musical equivalent of an Impressionist painting. While Piotr Komorowski has achieved so much in his career, it is nice to see that there are still creative paths for him yet to explore, as he does so beautifully on Solo Piano Tales.

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

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I thought I had my list of Favorites for 2013 all set until I started listening to Piotr Komorowski’s stunning "Solo Piano Tales." In a year of great new piano albums, this one immediately rose to my top ten for the year. Elegant, bittersweet, and achingly beautiful, the sixteen solo piano improvisations are soothing, spare, and incredibly expressive. A musician of wide interests, Komorowski has been conducting operas and symphonies, performing as a pianist in chamber concerts as well as accompanied by an orchestra, and has also been preparing and leading musical shows. Recently, his great passion has been creating film and illustrative music, and his music can be heard in Polish films and television. He has given concerts all over Europe as well as in the US, Korea and Japan. Born into a family of musicians, Piotr has been a performing pianist since he was thirteen. His extensive training in classical music is apparent, yet this music is fresh, contemporary and very personal. Solo Piano Tales is his first album of original piano solos.

"Solo Piano Tales" begins with “Winds Upon My Village,” a haunting piece that conveys a mix of hope and despair. Not a lot of notes are used in this piece, but the picture it paints is clear and chilly - a lovely start. I love “Friendship for Sale” with its gracefully flowing left hand and simple, poignant melody. “End of Summer” is wistful and dreamy, perhaps looking ahead to the coming winter. “A Day in Tatra Mountains” is light and delicate - peace and a soothing calm flow from its gentle notes. “Foggy Morning” expresses the slow, floating movement of fog as it sends out fingers of mist and softens the edges of everything in its path. “It All Started When the Book Fell (Nocturne)” is one of the more unusual titles I’ve come across recently, but this is my favorite track. Very slow and overflowing with emotion, it’s an amazing piece that makes me think this might be how Chopin would compose in if he was alive and composing today. “Forgotten Photographs” brilliantly conveys the mix of emotions that are stirred when looking at old photos - nostalgic and bittersweet. Have you ever sat in front of an aquarium for more than a few minutes only to discover that you have become mesmerized by the gentle motion of the fish and the slow movement of the water? “Aquarium” captures that tranquil feeling perfectly - also a favorite. “First Snow” brings this excellent album to a close with a quiet piece that expresses the profound silence of falling snow and the hush it creates. Delicate yet sparkling, it’s as lovely as the scene it describes.

It is always an incredible listening experience when an artist can say so much with so little - especially spontaneously. "Solo Piano Tales" is breathtaking from the first note to the last and I give it my highest recommendation.
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