Dazzling orchestral solo piano Timothy Crane – THE FALL OF A SPARROW: I have been reviewing Timothy’s superb piano creations for a long time now… the first was in issue # 104 – over 60 issues ago, and the most current review is in issue #130… in both of those reviews, what I was most impressed with is Timothy’s ability to weave string/synth sounds in with his keyboards to create music with the kind of eternal joy that surely would be found in orchestras of angels! It’s so nice to have made his musical acquaintance so many years ago, and to be able to witness his sonic evolution first-hand. As you listen to the short opener, “Albion”, you will immediately hear why I say that (this is a “pre-release” review, so the samples aren’t available yet – I will return and link them in as soon as they are uploaded)… though it’s only 1:32, the strings are so majestic that they will have you yearning for more in the immediate moment!
In a quieter space (though still abounding with Timothy’s powerful signature sound), on “The Sound of Snow” Timothy uses a string intro to segue (ever so gently) into some of the most beautiful and sensitive piano playing you can find available today… it’s amazing to me how skilled he is at playing (what I call) “contrasts”… you won’t find another artist who is able to do this as well as he is.
In private correspondence, Timothy told me he thought this was among his best work, and I couldn’t agree more… in point of fact, each of his releases seems to have escalated to even more powerful composing and playing than the previous ones… a really great example of just how far he has come since his first release is the brightly shining “Festival de Musique”… the only critique I have for this tune is that it was “too short” (3:00); so, I use the “replay” button often on this one… I find this song a perfect inspiration for my daily walks around the neighborhood… the piano is in perfect balance with the powerful orchestral sounds he wove in at (right about) the 1-minute mark!
Of the fifteen inspiring songs Timothy put together for this release, it is the simply titled “Alone” that got my vote for personal favorite… in part, that is (once again) because he has so masterfully integrated full-blown orchestral parts with his unique sense of touch on the piano/keyboards. I give Timothy a (well-deserved) MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fantastic and most enjoyable release. Get more information on Timothy and his music at Timothy’s New Age Music World page. Rotcod Zzaj
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