Vicente Avella | All the Days of My Life: The Wedding Album

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All the Days of My Life: The Wedding Album

by Vicente Avella

Produced by Windham Hill founder and Grammy Award winner William Ackerman, All the Days of My Life: The Wedding Album truly embodies the essence of the original wedding classics but takes the music to another level of present day modernism. A soft spoken collection of acoustic, solo piano music, this recording is ultimately a personal expression of love, a collection of music that reveals the beautiful, intimate and romantic side of the timeless classics.
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1. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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2. Dressed in White
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3. Romanze (Canon in D)
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4. Bridal March
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5. Ode to Joy
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6. All the Days of My Life
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7. Romanze (Reprise)
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8. The One I Love
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9. Ave Maria
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10. Spring
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11. Wedding March
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As one who has been honored to provide the music for hundreds of ceremonies, I can say with certainty that your wedding is an experience that you will never forget. Personally speaking, I hold the memory of my own wedding as one of the most beautiful days of my life. I can recall every detail: the crisp October afternoon, the clear skies, the dried leaves on the ground, that first moment I saw my bride dressed in white, the love I felt, the look in her eyes, the way everyone there radiated happiness, and the thrilling rush as we ran out of the church hand in hand, starting our lives together as husband and wife. Those memories will remain with me forever. They hold within them everything that is most meaningful to me.

You, too, will find—or have already had the chance to discover—that mixed with all the glitter, beauty and excitement, each wedding is filled with resonance, and speaks in its own voice. Through working with couples over the years, I have encountered an ever-growing need for music that, simply put, gives a current expression to the traditional wedding classics. I kept finding that brides and grooms loved the timelessness of the classics but that, at the same time, they really wanted music that spoke today’s language; their language. This inspired me to create this album: a collection of music that embraces both the traditional and the contemporary.

Thank you for listening to this recording. I sincerely hope that this music illuminates the love and commitment you feel, from the many tones of your relationship to the dance of your shared dreams and imaginations. I hope that this album will find a special place in your collection, to which you can return throughout your life, and always be transported back to the magic of your wedding day. If this music succeeds in doing this, even just a little bit, I will consider myself very fortunate. As to what this album means to me personally…it is a reflection of my own wedding day. I wanted to capture every moment with this music, and to make that day last forever. I wanted to seize everything I was feeling, and to somehow hold on to the memory of that October day; the day I told the woman I love I’d be true to her in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, and promised to love her and to honor her all the days of my life.

V.A.

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Rotundamente, es la música perfecta para tu boda!
Todas las emociones y vivencias que nacen en uno de los momentos más importantes de la vida pueden ser capturadas en forma de música y tras cientos de álbumes revisados, hemos descubierto el primero que consigue revivir todas esas sensaciones. El álbum debut del pianista venezolano Vicente Avella es una oda a ese instante, al momento en el que el mundo se detiene y de repente, sólo dos personas pasan a ser los auténticos protagonistas. All the Days of my Life es el álbum que Avella dedica al día de su boda, encerrando en once tracks todo el amor, el afecto y la emoción de aquel inolvidable día. Producido por el ganador del Grammy, William Ackerman y co-producido por el propio Avella y el ingeniero de sonido Tom Eaton, este trabajo se compone de piezas originales y otras adaptaciones cuyas melodías nos son muy conocidas.

La primera de las piezas es la bella adaptación que Avella realiza del conocido himno “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. Más amable y delicado que la partitura original, el pianista hace este himno suyo, variando excesivamente la melodía, jugando con las notas y creando algo totalmente nuevo.

Sin duda, esta segunda composición tuvo que ser compuesta tras quedar prendado de una visión inolvidable. Aunque no lo indique, estoy seguro de que “Dressed In White” se inspira en el momento en el que el artista clavó su mirada por primera vez en ella. La música es delicada y roza el umbral de la pasión pero sin llegar a culminar, dejando el toque justo a la emoción.

¿Cuántas adaptaciones han podido realizarse del archiconocido Canon in D de Johann Pachelbel?, en este álbum no podía faltar, ya que es una composición muy habitual en los días de boda en EEUU. La versión que nos presenta Vicente, al igual que pasara con el primer track, posee una enorme variación con respecto a la original, algo de agradecer, ya que es la única forma de sorprender al oyente. Más lenta y sensible, las notas fluyen con afecto.

En un álbum dedicado a bodas sería todo un delito que la famosa “Marcha Nupcial” de Wagner no estuviese incluida. “Bridal March” es el single de este trabajo, al que Vicente le ofrece su particular estilo y sentimiento, algo que embellece a la pieza original.

Beethoven también tiene su hueco en All the Days of my Life, en esta ocasión la sinfonía nº 9. “Ode to Joy” se reconoce en los primeros segundos, siendo después totalmente modificada, creando una nueva melodía en la zona alta y media del piano, para que minutos después, volvamos a reconocer la famosa melodía. Me gusta esta versión!.

“All the Days of my Life” es posiblemente la mejor pieza de este álbum. Ésta sí recoge el verdadero significado de aquel día y es fácil de apreciar por la pasión del toque y por la calidad de su composición. Las manos se dejan llevar por las emociones, transcribiendo perfectamente los hechos y llegando al oyente. Notas que irradian sinceridad.

“Romanze (Reprise)” es una combinación de acordes lentos, afligidos, que mantienen al oyente en un estado de nostalgia enorme. Esta es una de esas composiciones de caprichoso carácter, capaz de interferir en las emociones ajenas; dependiendo del estado de ánimo del oyente, éste será su carácter (nostálgico, triste, reflexivo)… El tiempo se detiene con “Romanze (Reprise)”.

“The One I Love” es la última pieza original del álbum. La música que guardan sus notas es de una gran belleza, compuesta para ser escuchada con atención y disfrutar… No hay más, es hermosa.

El “Ave Maria” de Heandel es otra de las versiones que pueden disfrutarse en este CD. Plácida y lenta, la melodía de este himno ha sido variada hasta la saciedad, dejando ver sólo el fragmento que todo el mundo conoce. Todo lo demás es nuevo.

¿He oído bien?, Vivaldi?!. “La Primavera” de Vivaldi tampoco ha podido escapar a las manos de Vicente, realizando una nueva, y por primera vez para mí, adaptación de esta hermosísima obra clásica. “Spring” es todo un regalo que podemos encontrar en este álbum, y aunque también ha sido alterada la partitura original, no deja de ser la primera ocasión en disfrutar de una adaptación de esta obra!.

Y para finalizar, Mendelssohn y su “Marcha Nupcial”. Bajo el título “Wedding March” Vicente cierra su álbum, otra de las adaptaciones que hemos encontrado en este álbum y que se convierte en una clausura perfecta!.


El mensaje es directo y el trasfondo claro. All the Days of my Life es el recuerdo vivo de uno de los días más importantes para Vicente Avella, y seguro un álbum que conducirá a más de una pareja de todo el mundo hasta el altar; un CD muy recomendable para esos momentos, sin lugar a dudas!. All the Days of my Life contiene la música perfecta y necesaria para que las emociones se engrandezcan ese día, para que todo sea mágico. Rotundamente, es la música perfecta!.

reviewsnewage.com
02/07/13
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Michael Diamond (michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
One of the more unique niche albums I’ve come across recently is Vicente Avella’s piano music for weddings. Entitled All The Days Of My Life, it is a present day perspective on “timeless classics” performed on solo piano in a style that brings to mind George Winston, David Lanz, Peter Kater, and many of the Windham Hill artists. The connection to Windham Hill goes even deeper in that Vicente’s album was produced by the iconic label’s founder, Grammy winning producer Will Ackerman.

The album’s opening track, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” is played with a tenderness that sets just the right mood for this blessed time in a couple’s lives. I was also aware of and impressed with his sense of timing and way he impeccably used the space between the notes, as well as the notes themselves. This is followed by an original tune called “Dressed In White,” which was inspired by the first time Vicente saw his bride, now his wife in her wedding dress. Next up is “Romanze,” a graceful rendition of “Canon in D.” One of my, and I’m sure many other people’s favorite melodies is interpreted in a stately and graceful manner that is truly moving. Of course, no album of wedding music would be complete without that most archetypal song for the occasion, “Bridal March,” sometimes referred to as “Here Comes The Bride.” This is an emotionally evocative melody to begin with and Vicente’s heartfelt version of it might even bring a tear or two to the eye of even the most unsentimental listener. However, out of all the beautiful music on the album, my absolute favorite is the next to the last track, “Spring” by Vivaldi. I love the light-hearted optimistic air about it and the image of hopefulness it evokes of a couple on their special day contemplating a new life together. While the album features many classic songs, this compilation of Vicente’s performances of them could well become a classic in itself.
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Kathy Parsons

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"All The Days Of My Life" is the Will Ackerman-produced debut solo piano CD by Vicente Avella. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Avella has been writing and performing internationally since 1998. He has scored numerous independent films, orchestrated and worked on music production for major network television shows including Family Guy (FOX) and American Dad (FOX), and written music for worldwide advertising that includes Intel (Saudi Arabia), Red Bull Air Race World Championship (Brazil), and official branding for FPC Sports Channel (Colombia). He has also provided the music for hundreds of weddings and found a serious need for updates to some of the classical wedding piano repertoire. All The Days Of My Life is a collection of eleven arrangements and original compositions that reflect on Avella’s own wedding day. He wanted to capture every moment and hold onto the memory of that very special occasion as well as providing a treasured keepsake for other couples. The music is dignified without being stilted, arranged in a new age/contemporary classical style that should fit in beautifully in church as well as less formal settings. A companion sheet music book is also available, providing pianists with faithful transcriptions of the music on this CD.

The album begins with a lovely arrangement of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” This version is uncluttered and has an easy flow that allows the gentle melody to really sing. “Dressed In White” is a love song that overflows with tenderness and longing and would be a graceful prelude to the ceremony. “Romanze (Canon in D)” has snippets of the venerable Pachelbel Canon woven throughout the piece, but you have to listen for them. Wagner’s “Bridal March” has to be one of the most-recognized pieces of music in Western culture and can be cloying in the wrong hands. Avella has given it a graceful contemporary setting that works beautifully, keeping the traditional melody intact while updating it with a fresh new setting. The intro to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” contains the melody of this classic, but after that, phrases from the original piece pop up here and there. A bit more lively than some of the other tracks, it is subtle enough to use as a quiet background piece during the ceremony. The title track is another original composition, this time conveying the promise of wedding vows with confidence and deep emotion - a favorite. “Romanze (Reprise)” clocks in at just over a minute, restating a few of the themes from the first “Romanze.” “The One I Love” has a slightly haunting quality, alternating between major and minor modes - I like this one a lot, too. Schubert’s “Ave Maria” is another universally-recognized theme, and Avella’s update is a fitting and appropriate treatment of one of the most beautiful melodies ever composed. His arrangement of Vivaldi’s “Spring” is lively and joyous, but still gentle and quiet. Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” is often used as the recessional to the wedding ceremony, and the traditional arrangements are usually very big and triumphant. This one is slower and much quieter, building slowly to a peak and then fading back to a subdued ending. It’s different, but also quite lovely.

"All The Days Of My Life" is an impressive project, and I can see why Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Music) was enthusiastic about producing it. Recommended!!!
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Arkady

All The Days Of My Life
Once again heard the tracks from the new album. How good that there are people like You. The sounds of your music create a wonderful aura dominated by the love, sincerity, sense of loyalty to a close man. Your music gives strength to take responsibility for myself and people close to me. I think this is the meaning of what You are doing. Thank you. Very transferred correctly to the meaning of the album title. Listening to it is a story of the days of the life. Brilliant!!!
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Miriam C.

Absolutely Beautiful!!!!
This cd is absolutely beautiful! I would recommend it to everyone married, engaged or single. When Vicente mentioned he would be recording a contemporary wedding album I didn't know what to expect but his new arrangements of traditional compositions were a very pleasant surprise, my absolute favorite is the Bridal March. One is just moved when listening to the album through Vicente's passionate playing of the piano. I will definitely recommend this sheet music to anyone getting married! :)
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Monica Ciafardini

All The Days of My Life
I would recommend this CD to all couples approaching marriage, or to anyone who loves instrumental piano solo's. Vicente Avella has created new arrangements of traditional compositions like the "Bridal March" and "Ode To Joy" that move your emotions and will bring a fresh and delicate approach to your wedding music. You will also find four new compositions to listen too "Dressed In White", "All The Days of My Life", "Romanze (Reprise)" and "The One I Love" each is unique and beautiful. My favorite arrangement is the "Ave Maria", it is hard to control the tears when I hear this composition.
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