Shoshana Michel | Prelude to a Dream

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Prelude to a Dream

by Shoshana Michel

Eleven original piano to inspire the imagination and to soothe the soul.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Wonders
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2. Prelude to a Dream
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3. A Walk in the Rain
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4. Butterfly Kisses
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5. Tender Words
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6. Kaleidoscope
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7. Applewood
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8. Meditation
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9. A Most Precious Gift
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10. Silent Farewell
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11. Ethereal
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Prelude to a Dream is Shoshana’s third piano solo album and her second as a composer. The music she writes is inspired by life experiences, people and emotions. Shoshana’s playing has been described as “graceful and flowing” and “refined and elegant”. Her music stirs the imagination and touches the soul.

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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
Shoshana Michel is back with her third album entitled Prelude to a Dream, this could very well be the best work from her to date, so why not hop aboard our musical boat and let’s travel down this river of fluent compositions together.
The key word used above is fluency, and on this album you will find that in abundance, you only have to listen to the opening piece to recognise that quality. Wonders is a beautifully played piece that is warm and all-encompassing, its eloquent tones bring a certain charm to the overall arrangement.
It’s easy to see why some compare her style to that of the great David Lanz and on this title track, Prelude to a Dream, that’s not too hard to see. There is a slight classical motif; and the confident and articulate performance is so compelling. Michel has created a master piece, just when she needed to, one that reveals the true colour of the whole project, to us the ever eager listener.
Shoshana Michel has worked hard over the last few years and that effort can be heard in abundance on the next piece called A Walk in the Rain, one of my favourites off the album. There is a certain mood of reflection here that creates a narrative that is so very moving, this piece also has a light cinematic feel to it and that theme can also be heard right through the release.
Butterfly Kisses is a track that does what it says on the can, listen to the style and feel those kisses on your neck and your arms, engulf yourself with the sheer love that this pretty composition explores.
The variance of style and theme is so profoundly exciting, and on Tender Words, that is emphasized further. The subtleness of the arrangement is sublime; the heart felt mood it creates is sincere. The artist has truthfully created something deeply real and honest here, it’s a song to gaze into the eyes of your loved one with, and it is a direct musical communication from soul to soul.
We have now reached the half way marker in our journey and this musical trip continues with an up-tempo offering called Kaleidoscope. The performance here is literally sparkling, and with each note played the sense of a profound movement can be felt and heard with ease.
On Applewood we have a composition that has such a gentle caress about its nature, yet this is also a wonderfully organic piece as well. There is a real sense of light and warmth in this beautiful offering that is so very attractive and idyllic. This is one arrangement that could easily be described as a feel good piece.
Meditation would be another of my personal favourites; Shoshana Michel has manifested a really mysterious feel to a composition that seems to explore realms as of yet unknown. In my view this is one of the cleverest compositions I have heard for a while; its mood is careful and almost ponderous at times, but it also has a superb cinematic quality about its creation, which I so deeply adore.
We are now in the far reaches of this musical realm, and at this point as we come across a calming narrative of tone called, A Most Precious Gift. Michel manifests a stunning melody here that is quite emotive at times, but extremely pleasing to listen to, and as the title suggests, it is a most precious gift.
We are now approaching our musical docking bay, but before we cease our sojourn with the artist, let’s listen to the penultimate offering from the release, it’s called Silent Farwell. Michel’s performance here is so engaging, the flow and structure is extremely cinematic, this is a one of those highlight pieces that really emphases the artists growth as a pianist over the last few years.
So our last port of call is now reached, the final composition of natural outstanding beauty is about to be revealed, it is called Ethereal. This album is already making its mark on our shows here at One World Music Radio, and tracks like Ethereal is the reason why. The smooth and gentle beginning is pure class and the crafted build and progression even more so, here is a piece of music that has a classic melody that should resonate for years to come and completes with ease the best work this artist has of yet produced.
Prelude to a Dream has raised the musical bar once more for the musician; this I believe is the album that will place Shoshana Michel’s name firmly on the map as one of the finest female pianists of her day. The album is a collection of truly great compositions, lovingly put together by a lady who has truly resonated with her listener’s demands, and her very own musical soul. If you’re a fan of solo piano, this has to be a must buy release.
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Prelude to a Dream is the third solo piano album by Shoshana Michael and her second album as a composer. Her debut album, Soul Whispers, featured arrangements of Chabad nigunim, a collection of songs of Jewish Eastern European origin. Inspired by the overwhelming response to her second album, Dancing on the Wind, Shoshana continued composing original music. Within a few months, Prelude to a Dream was completed, an equally compelling recording comprised of 11 compositions spanning 51 minutes.

The opening piece, “Wonder”, begins almost entirely in the upper register before making its way down toward the middle range of the piano, effectively bringing-to-mind the early music of David Lanz – in particular, his landmark album Nightfall. Following next is the title piece, “Prelude to a Dream” – one of my favorite passages on the album. Definitively neo-classical and played in minor key, this lovely composition is characterized by a left-hand ostinato figure that moves through the entire song, as each note beautifully reverberates throughout what feels like the halls of an old mansion or castle. “A Walk in the Rain” ensues in the style of a modern ballad, which effectively recalls Jim Brickman’s earliest works. Another favorite, “Kaleidoscope”, is a particularly notable piece that bears strong reminiscence to George Winston’s music. Sounding as if being played on a minor-key music-box, it seemingly exudes a whimsically haunting and childlike innocence. The softly mesmerizing and subtly exotic, “Ethereal”, concludes the album on a quiet note – its phrases drawing to mind the music of Aeoliah’s piano album Chambers of the Heart – a comparison of which is an utmost compliment.

Although Shoshana Michel has only recently made a splash in the piano world as a composer, Prelude to a Dream likewise proves that she has quickly anchored herself alongside some of her finest contemporaries!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Prelude to a Dream" is Shoshana Michel’s third solo piano album and her second as a composer. After a 24-year hiatus from composing music, once she started again, the flood gates opened wide. Shoshana’s first album of original music, "Dancing on the Wind" (2016), was nominated for Whisperings Solo Piano Radio’s “Album of the Year,” One World Music Radio’s “Solo Piano Album of the Year” and SoloPiano.com’s “Album of the Year.” It would not surprise me at all if the gentle, heartfelt music on "Prelude to a Dream" does just as well or even better. The eleven pieces on this album are all very soothing and played with an expressive tenderness. In some ways, it could be a lullaby album, as the repeated left hand patterns are hypnotic and the overall tone of the music is very quiet and peaceful. You won’t want to doze off and miss any of this, though! As he so often does, graphic designer Matt Streiby perfectly captured the feeling of the album with his cover artwork.

"Prelude to a Dream" begins with “Wonders,” a delightful piece that exudes charm, wide-eyed innocence and, yes, a sense of wonder. Played mostly in the upper half of the piano there is a very sweet, childlike quality to this opener. The title track is a bit more poignant and bittersweet, but is just as beautiful and calming. As an Oregonian for ten years, “A Walk in the Rain” is something I’m very familiar with! Shoshana’s piece begins with a delicate sprinkling that evolves into the kind of gentle rain shower that can make a walk very refreshing and even inspiring. It always surprises me how well rain can be described on the piano, and this is another excellent example. “Tender Words” overflows with grace - a moment of deep love and closeness. “Kaleidoscope” is lively and in constant playful motion. Delicate yet dynamic, it’s a favorite. “Meditation” is also a favorite with its minor key and feeling of looking inward. Very spare and quiet, this piece expresses some deep and powerful emotions. “Silent Farewell” is dedicated “to all those who have lost a parent to illness.” It’s an experience most of us have at least once in our lives, and it’s a profound one when someone we once thought was invulnerable and would live forever passes on. Although the emotional expression in this piece is sad, it is not without hope. The steady rhythm on the left hand makes me think of the passage of time and how nothing can really stop it - it goes on no matter what. This is my favorite piece on the album. “Ethereal” brings this wonderful album to a peaceful close with a touch of magical otherworldliness.

If you are looking for a solo piano album that is quiet and calming from beginning to end, "Prelude to a Dream" is a must-have! This beautiful album will definitely be one of my Favorites for 2017! Very highly recommended!
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Dyan Garris

Charming Solo Piano Must Have
Review of Prelude to a Dream by Shoshana Michel
Music Review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD
Shoshana Michel is an accomplished pianist and composer, evidenced quite nicely on her third solo piano album, Prelude to a Dream. Skillfully recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studios in Sedona, AZ, the music throughout Prelude to a Dream is fluid, light, and reminiscent of a gentle lullaby that calms the soul at a very deep level. Eloquently composed and executed, the compositions are sweet and gentle. There’s an innocence and yet a deeper wisdom that shines through at the same time.

Track 1, “Wonders” is a perfectly delightful opening to the album. Whimsical and nicely structured, Shoshana’s classical training comes to the forefront. The title track, “Prelude to a Dream,” has a dreamy quality about it as expected, again beautifully showcasing her classical background. It’s melodic, well played, and very well composed.
“A Walk in the Rain,” track 3 is a particular favorite. Soft and gentle as a summer rain, we are successfully transported to exactly where we need to be. Another favorite is track 5, “Tender Words.” It’s beautiful, romantic, and expansive with the warm emotion bubbling up through to the top like a finely baked cherry pie.
Track 10, “Silent Farewell,” is a little melancholy, introspective, and moody, giving even more depth to the album. “Ethereal,” the last track on Prelude to a Dream, has an otherworldly quality and feels haunting and familiar, making a very effective ending to the entire album, which sticks with you long after it’s done.
For lovers of solo piano, this one is a must have. Simply charming through and through.
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Shoshana’s music can be heard on Sirus XM radio, Calm Radio, Sleep Radio, The River of Calm, Pandora, Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, Enlightened Piano Radio, and SoloPiano.com.
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