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On the Edge of a Dream

by Robin Spielberg

Dreamy, relaxing, ethereal improvisational piano solos for contemplation, medical therapies, and dreaming
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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1. On the Edge of a Dream
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2. We Meet Again
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3. Drifting
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4. Spellbound
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5. Nightfall
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6. The Secret Path
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7. Stargazing
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8. Calling All Dreamers
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9. Illusion
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10. Into the Night
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11. Safe and Sound
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12. Meeting Monet
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13. We Meet Again (Recurring Dream)
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14. Blue Moon Rising
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
My 18th recording is a different type of recording. Unlike my other solo piano "neo-classical" pieces inspired by life's moments, I created an album from my own subconscious. All of these compositions were created and recorded in-the-moment. This album contains 14 improvised pieces to help you "de-commpress" from a hard day, relax, and dream. Go ahead: fall asleep to this. That is my hope....that the music will help lull you into a relaxed state/sleep state. I hope you enjoy them.

Below is a bit more about me from my 'artist bio' section of my web site.

Robin Spielberg is one of America’s most beloved pianist/composers. With an impressive tour schedule and hundreds of thousands of recordings sold, this Steinway Artist has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world with her compelling melodies and sensitive piano technique since debuting her first recording of original solos for piano, Heal of the Hand.

A prolific composer, Spielberg has eighteen recordings to her credit and appears on over 40 compilations around the world. Her discography includes albums of original piano solos, arrangements of American standards, original pieces for piano/ensemble, recordings for the holidays, a CD of Americana melodies, and a CD of lullabies.

Robin just completed a multi-city tour that featured her newest recording, Another Time, Another Place, and her award-winning memoir, Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland performing “book concerts” which incorporate excerpts from her book within the concert setting. The memoir, which was featured on numerous NPR stations and in book clubs nationwide demystifies the process of building a concert career and tells what is unexpected in the life of a touring musician. The book has been released in softcover, e-book and audiobook formats, with Spielberg as reader.

Ms. Spielberg began her concert career in 1996. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out performance at the Weill Recital Hall in 1997 and has performed there twice since. Other memorable performances include a guest spot on the PBS television special, The Soul of Christmas: A Celtic Music Celebration with Thomas Moore; live performances on CBS Saturday Morning, Good Morning Arizona, Life Time Live, CBS New Orleans, a private concert for the factory workers at the Steinway & Sons historic piano factory in New York, and a month-long concert tour through rural Montana.

Popular with Asian audiences, Robin has released two CDs in Korea and is on several compilations on Asian labels. She has toured in South Korea making concert appearances at the renowned Seoul Arts Center , LG Arts Center and KBS Hall. She recorded a special concert for Airiang TV which aired throughout Asia.

In the field of dance, The West Florida Youth Ballet choreographed a program of dance works based on her music, ballroom waltzes were choreographed to her pieces, Walk with Me and A Song for Jennie on PBS’ Great American Ballroom Challenge. University ballroom teams, including The BYU Dance Team, have toured with her work, and international ballroom competitions have utilized her music for the compulsory waltz portion of competitions, most recently the 2017 World Championships held in Copenhagen.

Robin Spielberg is a Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association and a voting member of the Recording Academy. She gave a TEDx Talk on the topic of music and wellness on this very stage in 2013 as part of Lancaster’s Inaugural TEDx event. She is represented by Kosson Talent.

Ms. Spielberg graduated with high honors and a BFA from New York University. She is a founding member of the Tony-award winning Atlantic Theater Company and an Adjunct Professor at Millersville University. She currently resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband; they have one daughter.

Photos, interviews, reviews, a listening room. video clips of performances and current touring itinerary can be found on the artist’s web site at www.robinspielberg.com.

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Steve Sheppard

Fly on the wings of hope with the luscious tones
I first came into contact with Robin Spielberg back in 2015, with the release of the beauty that was Another Time, Another Place. Now some three years later, her latest album On the Edge of a Dream sits on my desk to be reviewed, I admire the true sensitivity of the artist, so this is truly going to be a voyage of pleasure for us as we explore this musical wonderland of solo piano.
We proudly start with the title header, On the Edge of a Dream. It has to be said that Spielberg’s delicate approach to this opening piece deserves applauding, she creates an almost mirrored pool of a piece, something so gentle and calming, and while doing so manifests a perfect lullaby beginning to our perambulations through the album.
On We Meet Again we have a track that seems to beautifully dance into our lives, one can perhaps visualise two long lost lovers meeting on either side of a sun kissed room and, for a moment, they just stand and enjoy the energy of reconnection. Spielberg has really captured a perfect flow within this piece that has to be admired.
Drifting was by far one of the most ambient offerings from the release; this gives us an opportunity to just float with the tones created. The delicacy of the artist here is amazing to just drift with, and the aforementioned ambience is a musical gift to absolutely treasure.
The mystical elements of Spellbound were really intriguing to be surrounded by, the artist creates a clever juxtaposition between the suspense of the offering, and the total entrancement one feels while listening to it. I have listened to this arrangement a few times now and each time I do I fall further in love with it.
The subject of Nightfall is a dominant theme within music, and as such a layer of mood must be achieved to succeed in this, that energy and calmness is attained by Spielberg with ease, she even adds to that with a sparkling performance that doesn’t just create a blanket of blue sky, but also a vast array of glistening stars as well.
As we drift serenely into the arms of the next piece entitled The Secret Path, we can become completely at one with the moment, and allow ourselves to find our way through the woods to our very own secret path. The tender and careful performance here is one that is respectful of nature’s gifts, whilst creating a lush musical narrative that manifests a true musical vista of the subject matter, a simply beautiful piece to behold can be found right here.
So we have arrived at the top of the musical hill, and as we gaze down into the green fields of tone below, we firstly listen to an anthem of serenity and tranquillity entitled Stargazing. This is something we do here with a grateful regularity and usually in our pool; this magical moment of music would be the perfect accompaniment for that blissful dream filled slice of star filled time.
We move slowly now towards the latter half of the album, you won’t want to miss a single thing, like this next masterful opus entitled Calling All Dreamers. This is Spielberg in full flow and perhaps this could even be an anthem for all who wish to dream positive thoughts of tomorrow.
A slightly deeper and reflective motif can be found on this next opus called Illusion. A clever piece where you will literally hear the artist create the narrative as it occurs naturally, the melody has a little eastern feel to its construction as well, which in turn manifests a sense of mystical proportions, this is technically gifted and wonderfully performed.
The longest piece off the release at just less than seven minutes is the enticing and reflective Into the Night. The artist has gone into the depths here and produced a deep into the heart of the night arrangement that is quite addictive to listen to. For me this is a very well-crafted composition, one that at times almost drifts into the classical, but keeps its constant onward movement contained within the structures of a new age styled piano journey. This could well go down as one of the best pieces ever composed by the artist and maybe even within the solo piano genre, simply outstanding; this is musical story telling at its very best.
The soothing tones of Safe and Sound almost seems like the natural follow-on piece to the last offering, one can feel an energy of daylight streaming in through misty and dusty curtains that hang limply in the bedroom, and as the eyes open, slowly a sense of relief can be found, as you are Safe and Sound.
I guess if pianist Lynn Tredeau can have Lunch with Vincent, then there is nothing stopping Robin Spielberg from Meeting Monet. I’m a fan of his work, especially Waterlilies and here the artist meets the artist, and brings into creation a piece of music that one could with ease, walk through an art gallery and gaze with admiration at the works of Monet with, this is simply perfection in simplicity.
The penultimate offering, We Meet Again (Recurring Dream) is almost the shadow creation of the early piece of the same name, while the retention of the previous theme is held; one can detect a slight essence of apprehension within the arrangement. This is an extremely clever and intelligent opus, that seems to recreate itself, and in doing so adds an extra layer of intrigue on top of the last one.
So we finally drift into the safe harbour of the last track of the album, it is called Blue Moon Rising. That sense of ambience is once more laid bare within this offering, one also has the opportunity to bathe in the soothing pools and roam within the tones of this last offering, as it as spacious as the universe itself, a simply perfect way to leave the album indeed.
On the Edge of a Dream by Robin Spielberg is indeed an album that you will be able to drift off too at night without any problem at all, but it is much more than that. Here we have a release that has been so well crafted, that one will feel fulfilled and a sensation of calmness where bliss will be obtained with ease whilst listening to it. Robin Spielberg has on this album manifested a musical platform so artistically, with such sensitivity and care, that our very dream time perambulations may fly on the wings of hope within its luscious tones.
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Neil Patton

Artistic Ambience for Solo Piano
This album was a pleasant surprise to me. Not a surprise that Robin would release a stunning album, but that an album intended to be somewhat ambient in style would capture my imagination so completely. Recorded as a collection of gentle improvisations, On the Edge of a Dream succeeds in being so much more than an "ambient" album, particularly in the melodies Robin has created here. When modern artists record ambient, improvised music, it can tend to be bland and unmemorable. However, these melodies are lovely and creative, with each piece having its own unique shape and character, while at the same time providing a soothing background soundtrack for sleep. The recording of the piano is perfect and intimate, with flawless tuning and performance. This album will have a permanent spot on my phone for those nights traveling when it is hard to sleep.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Robin Spielberg’s "On the Edge of a Dream" is subtitled “Piano Solos for Dreaming” and is quite different from any of her other recordings. Intended for dreaming, contemplation, relaxation, and medical therapies, Spielberg calls this music a celebration of “the nightly voyage from a state of consciousness to the edge of our dreams.” Having kept journals of her very active dream life over the years, Spielberg encourages her listeners to to do the same to gain insight into their deepest desires, fears and relationships. She has created a companion dream journal that can be purchased separately. As a Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association for many years, Spielberg has often witnessed the power of music to heal, relax and soothe. She has drawn from that experience as well as her own “nightly voyages” to create an album that is very soothing, open, and always beautiful.

"On the Edge of a Dream" is Robin Spielberg’s eighteenth album to date. Her catalog is varied and consists of collections of original compositions, Americana, pop music, standards, lullabies, holiday music, a spa album, and several ensemble works. Although she has been improvising at the piano for many years, this is her first album of improvisations. The fourteen pieces were recorded on an 1898 Steinway grand piano and Spielberg makes excellent use of the una corda (soft pedal) and sostenuto pedals to create a dreamy atmosphere that is warm and enveloping (like a cozy quilt!). Not really ambient, most of the pieces are melodic with gentle rhythms - more Impressionistic than ambient.

"On the Edge of a Dream" begins with the title track, a very slow and simple piece that invites the listener to slow down, relax and let go. “We Meet Again” has a hypnotic rolling left hand pattern with a simple, expressive melody on the right. Quite a bit of the piece is played in the upper octaves of the piano, creating a sparkling effect. “Drifting” is very spare and slow, with open space between the notes and chords - also very hypnotic. I love the mysterious “Spellbound,” my favorite track on the album. In a dark, minor key that is more magical than sad or scary, it makes me think of walking around in the dark, feeling like the only person in the world who is still awake. Love it! “Stargazing” has a softly rolling left hand pattern that enhances the brighter, sparkling right. Robin’s effective use of the pedals evokes images of looking into a dark, expansive sky, seeing the brilliance of the stars and moon, and wondering what else is out there. “Calling All Dreamers” begins slowly, with a lively middle section that all but dances for joy before returning to the quieter theme and gradually fading out. “Into the Night” is another favorite. Dark and mysterious without becoming nightmarish, I love the accents in the deep bass of the piano. The second half ventures into the higher end of the keyboard while maintaining the sense of mystery. “Blue Moon Rising” gently brings this lovely album to a peaceful close, although I have a feeling a lot of people won’t make it to the end before dozing off! Don’t fight it, though - wrap yourself in this warm, cozy piano music and sail away to your own dreamworld!

"On the Edge of a Dream" is very highly recommended!
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