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Heart Strings

by Steven C

Elegant and lush piano/orchestral performances by Steven C. featuring the London Symphony Strings.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. My Angel
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2. Embraced
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3. Heart Strings in F#
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4. Chole
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5. Heaven Bound
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6. First Light
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7. Grace
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8. Sundown
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9. Gift of An Angel
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10. Too Many Hats
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11. Over the Moon
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12. Mistress Music
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13. Romance
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14. Opus Derian
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15. Wedding Day White
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Celebrated composer and pianist extraordinaire Steven C (a.k.a. Steven C Anderson.) fills his busy life with the gift of music. Through his artistry and passion he delivers his heartfelt music in a way that is both enjoyable and accessible to an ever-growing fan base. Steven’s talent has been enjoyed worldwide, via numerous recordings, live performances and has graced the airwaves of NBC’s The Today Show, QVC, PBS, Oprah, Music Choice, and the Discovery Channel.

As an established and respected recording artist, Steven Anderson has impressively sold well over 2 million records throughout his beloved canon of music, which includes the popular CD Chasing Grace (American Gramaphone) and a best selling series of natured themed CD's with the acclaimed NorthSound Label. His “Heart Strings” recording project, recorded in London at famed Abbey Road Studios, (the “A” room) features all original compositions, and boasts the contributions of Grammy Award™ winning conductor Arnie Roth (Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church, Warner Bros., Records, Walt Disney Records) and the prestigious London Symphony Strings. This remarkable recording has been heralded as his best and most musically realized to date, and has elicited great response and interest throughout the music industry.

Classically trained and gifted with a keen ear and sensibility for all styles of music, Steven began his musical education with perfunctory piano lessons at home that many burgeoning artist endure—eventually perfecting his craft and distinctive style at respected Hamline University. It is at Hamline where he earned a BA in music and had the good fortune of studying extensively with the late jazz legend Manfredo Fest (Concord Jazz). Additionally, his alma mater recently honored Steven’s ever-expanding musical excellence by presenting him with the distinguished First Decade Award.

Beyond being an esteemed performing artist, which has included performing with Mannheim Steamroller, Steven also lends his in-demand musical talents to a select list of diverse and respected client such as the Minnesota Timberwolves, Fitsgerald Theater and as producer for the award winning “Baby Genius” series. In the early 90s, Steven became audio director/executive producer for NorthWord Press—the successful Wisconsin-based record label that produced albums mixing music with the serene sounds of nature. Steven has produced over 400 successful titles for NorthWord Press and other noteworthy labels.

Additionally, Steven proudly, along with other venerable musicians as Tori Amos and Victor Borge, endorses the illustrious Bosendorfer piano. (His ‘9 centers his home and recording studio and gets a vigorous workout daily)

Steven is also proud to be associated with the Spare Key Foundation– a non-profit organization offering financial assistance to parents with critically ill children. Steven has produced a benefit CD entitled “Opus Derian,” in honor of Derian Keech; a 2-year-old Twin Cities boy who died of a rare disease referred to as CHARGE syndrome. Steven’s signature song for this special project “Opus Derian”, was highlighted on the Oprah television show.

Steven enjoys living, fixing, recording and domesticating in his old house on historic Summit Ave. in St. Paul.

The New Recording Projects: “Heart Strings” and “Signature”
Whether you are aware of it or not, somewhere along the line you have heard Steven Anderson’s music. If you don’t yet know him by name, that is about to change. Simply put, Steven Anderson paints pictures with sound. He is a true artist of the highest caliber, who possesses a uncanny ability to affect change in people and open their heart through his inspiring music. Two million plus buying listeners will attest to that. What is this special gift he possesses? The truth lies in his music—hearing is indeed believing. Steven’s composing skills and keyboard magic has never been more evident, than on this newest “Heart Strings” recording.

Steven fulfilled a life long dream of recording in London’s historic Abbey Road studio. Sitting where the Beatles and other greats had been before him was an amazing experience. Teaming with Grammy Award™ winning arranger/conductor Arnie Roth and the prestigious London Symphony Strings, Steven’s new compositions have been captured in all their brilliance. Steven brings his unique creative melodic sense and pop sensibility in all its glory to this special new recording. Sonorous, lush and accessible—he blends the best of contemporary song structure with a classically influenced touch and feel that is cinematic in scope and sound. The grandeur of this remarkable recording is due in part to a return to old-fashioned recording techniques capturing Steven with the London Symphony Orchestra Strings as a live acoustic ensemble. This process was complemented by recording in analog, which ultimately delivered a smooth warm sound, rarely found in today’s music

For Steven’s “Signature” solo piano project, it was time for his 9-foot Bosendorfer to be the star. This amazing instrument now located in an truly inspiration space at 340 Summit avenue in Saint Paul. Just like a “Signature” this unique collection represents the best of Steven C.’s trademark style and sound.

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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
For his latest recording, Heart Strings, pianist Steven C. traveled to the famed Abbey Road Studio in England to lay down gorgeous melodies with the backing of the London Symphony Strings. The result is a musical work of art that exudes elegance and class.

A piano combined with orchestral strings could be ripe for dramatic, over-the-top bombast. Thankfully, Steven C. forgoes keyboard histrionics in favor of subtle, nuanced phrasing whose quiet beauty is underscored by the sweet serenity of the strings.

The interplay between soloist and ensemble creates a synergy that infuses the album’s fifteen tracks with delightful buoyancy that rolls off the ear like a sonic waterfall. All the tunes have their own individual voice and yet have a singular, unified character that enables them to segue from one to another seamlessly.

The tranquil nature of the album provides the perfect environment for relaxation and reflection. It also satisfies on an emotional level. As the title suggests, the music created by Steven C. and his collaborators will tug at your heartstrings.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Heart Strings" is the elegant follow-up to Steven C.’s 2007 release, "Signature." This time Steven traveled to the legendary Abbey Road Studios in England to record with the London Symphony Strings conducted by Grammy Award winning Arnie Roth. The fifteen original compositions for piano and strings are warm, unabashedly romantic, and often have a visual and cinematic sweep. As with "Signature," beautiful melodies are what drive the music, creating an atmosphere of peace and well-being. There can be a fine line between this type of music and ear-candy, but Steven always maintains heartfelt emotion and substance in all of the music while keeping it fresh and accessible. "Heart Strings" would be a very classy backdrop for a dinner or social gathering, but it also invites close listening to hear all of the nuances in the music and the lovely piano performance.

"Heart Strings" opens with “My Angel,” a love song that overflows with innocence and tenderness. “HeartStrings in F#” would be a wonderful romantic theme for a film. Graceful with just a hint of bittersweetness, the simplicity of the melody conveys so much. “Heaven Bound” is a favorite. Much darker than most of the rest of the album, the mood is somber but passionate. Piano and cello together convey such powerful emotions! “First Light” is much more carefree and optimistic, with the promise of new beginnings. “Grace” is almost prayerful with its profound honesty and depth of feeling - another favorite. “Sundown” changes the mood a bit with its Latin rhythm and exotic flavor. From its title, I would expect “Too Many Hats” to be kind of frenetic and harried, but this piece seems to be quite cheerful and accepting of its lot - a lovely piece! I love “Mistress Music,” which again features piano and cello (as well as other strings). Graceful and passionate, it is a deeply-felt love song to a muse. “Opus Derian” was composed on the spot in a church while looking at a very small child’s coffin. Tragic yet very powerful, this piece has been featured on Oprah. This stirring collection closes on an “up” note with “Wedding Day White.” Joyful from start to finish, the piece includes phrases from Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”

Steven C. has created another winner with "Heart Strings." Contemporary with classical underpinnings, it is sure to bring a smile! Recommended!
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

El esplendor del piano romántico!.
Después de su breve periplo en solitario con su anterior trabajo "Signature", el compositor y pianista Steven C. Anderson se supera a sí mismo. Persiguiendo la perfección en este último lanzamiento bajo el título Heart Strings, este CD es un proyecto ambicioso, desarrollado e impresionante. Grabado en los prestigiosos estudios Abbey Road en Londres y acompañado por las cuerdas de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la misma ciudad (orquesta dirigida por el famosísimo director Arnie Roth), el artista ha sorprendido a todos gratamente. Un álbum donde el piano romántico de Steven ha encontrado el punto de unión con el género clásico, estableciendo una alianza singular.

El comienzo no puede ser mejor. Romántica y poderosa, "My Angel" goza de una de las melodías más hermosas de todo el CD, desbordante de cariño y emocionante en algunos instantes. Fantástica composición!.

"Embraced" mantiene la tensión de un momento íntimo. Una música dulce y apasionada que recrea un entorno único, donde el reloj se detiene. Ciertamente, esta pieza tiene algo especial. Me encanta!.

"HeartStrings In F#" es la quintaesencia de la fragilidad. Delicada y conmovedora, el piano reproduce una melodía que abraza por completo. Calidez y ternura son el sobrenombre de esta obra. Wow!.

Con cierta melancolía "Chloe" deja una ventana abierta a la esperanza. Sus notas describen un momento agridulce, un adiós con un posible reencuentro.

Otra de mis preferidas es "Heaven Bound". Afligida y sombría, es la banda sonora perfecta para una película. Una obra que deja un gran vacío, desconsoladora, esta entristece el alma pero posee una belleza increíble. Espectacular!.

Una música radiante nace de entre los dedos de Steven mientras un chelo engrandece la melodía; juntos forman un dúo magnífico que brinda una fuerza estupenda. La magia y el optimismo de un nuevo día envuelve al oyente.

"Grace" posee cierta similitud a un himno eclesiástico, su dulzura y pureza entretejen una melodía encantadora y hermosa.

"Sundown" es un baile formal con aromas a un convincente tango. Profundo y apasionado el piano marca un ritmo entrecortado y las cuerdas le siguen con un melancólico fondo musical.

Otra melodía emocionante la escribe "Gift Of An Angel", una composición con un energía positiva estupenda y llena de ilusión, su melodía se va abriendo camino con una inocencia asombrosa.

Al igual que en las pistas anteriores, las cuerdas están presentes, pero en "Too Many Hats", hay un dúo maravilloso entre un instrumento de cuerdas y el piano de Steven. Una pieza encantadora. Me gusta!.

"Over The Moon" es otra de esas piezas que bien podrían ser la banda sonora para un largometraje. Llena de pasión, las cuerdas realzan toda la fuerza de la melodía que reproduce el piano.

Con "Mistress Music" regresamos a momentos de soledad y angustia. El piano, junto al chelo y al violín crean una de las melodías más abatidas de todo el CD; pero aunque amarga sean sus notas, su hermosura es indiscutible. Me encanta!.

Como contraste al tema anterior, Steven nos presenta un pieza romántica, posiblemente la composición más alegre de todas. "Romance" dibuja un final feliz, despreocupado, emocionante y poderoso. Otra de mis preferidas!.

"Opus Derian" es tétrica en su comienzo, gris, pero va cambiando su carácter a un estado de valentía y arrojo que gusta.

La última pieza del CD guarda una agradable sorpresa. "Wedding Day White" es una obra escrita para un momento muy especial, instantes de jubilo simbolizan uno de los días más importantes para una pareja enamorada, su boda. Aderezada con bellos extractos del famoso Canon de Johann Pachelbel, esta conocida melodía es muy habitual como marcha nupcial en EEUU. Estupendo final para el álbum!. Wow!.


Heart Strings representa el esplendor del piano romántico, la perfecta unión entre el poder de la sinfonía de las cuerdas y la elegancia del piano; juntos, fundan una música ideal, apasionada. Imagínense un estilo pianístico similar al de Jim Brickman, con la misma fuerza y acompañado por una gran orquesta, increíble, esto mismo nos regala Steven C con este maravilloso lanzamiento. Heart Strings es un álbum muy recomendable.

reviewsnewage.com
15/11/10
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John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

Inspiring Music of Heart Strings
Steven C is an acclaimed composing pianist recognized by many for his inspirational piano and orchestral music having a graceful vibrancy that gently touches the inner spirit in a mindful way, and while music in all forms reaches out for some level of emotional response in each of us, music that inspires while moving the inner spirit is the greatest of all.
Heart Strings is the current release by Steven C. Anderson and one highly regarded in the music industry as the greatest of every release he has produced so far. After listening to Heart Strings for myself, I felt you too will find this refined beauty a classic portrayal of popular music in harmony with finely tuned orchestrations a moving and inspiring one. In fact there is a good chance many of you have already heard and felt the majestic scores of Steven C in television programing. The true sincerity of his efforts as a musician happens to be a matter of record since the recordings and live performances of this St. Paul Minnesota resident have already been presented on The Today Show and Oprah Winfrey, along with PBS, QVC, and the Discovery Channel, so chances are everyone will have another opportunity to hear his television productions again in the near future. With over 2 million units sold, Steven C has also performed with top artists Mannheim Steamroller and his presence on digital music programming and broad radio audience includes Music Choice, in addition to over 150 radio stations worldwide. Steven C’s earlier Solo Piano release Signature made a number 2 debut on the ZMR New Age Charts in 2008. Heart Strings has several fundamental components which nicely enhance the energetic structuring and vibrant resonance behind this unique project having the sustenance to brighten your spirits every single day. One being the original 15 piano melodies composed and performed by Steven C on a Bosendorfer Grand Piano was combined with the prestigious London Symphony Strings Orchestra with some additional strings provided by Brigid McCarthy and Michelle Kinney. If the admirable inclusion of The London Symphony Strings Orchestra is not enough assurance to inspire and warm your heart, there are the dynamic elements of Grammy Award winning arranger, orchestral conductor, and Mannheim Steamroller band member Arnie Roth, with additional contributions from Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church, and Mannheim Steamroller founding leader Chip Davis. In another fact of distinction, the piano and orchestrations heard in Heart Strings were recorded in London England at the renowned Abbey Road Studios, and where a countless number of beloved musical greats including Cliff Richard, Pink Floyd & The Beatles had performed their cherished classics in studio. Just like the music icons before him, the same innovative recording techniques were used to enhance and achieve the noticeable audio refinements on this uplifting instrumental classic by Steven C. Heart Strings is an extraordinary project given the instrumental enchantment it conveys. Moving by expressing a highly sought after level of emotional content for the listener, this vibrant album has the power to transport the inner spirit onward for a multitude of people, effectively inspiring each and every individual response along the way.
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