Beautifully calming solo piano Gary Schmidt – A Classical Meditation

Beautifully calming solo piano Gary Schmidt – A CLASSICAL MEDITATION:  One of the things I liked when I visited Gary’s website is his slogan… “enhancing life through music”… he certainly does that on his latest release, with his beautifully calming solo piano work… you can get an intimate glimpse of his playing style on an earlier live performance (2013) of the beautiful “Claire De Lune“…

…if you’re a true piano lover (like me), I believe you will want to SUBSCRIBE to Gary’s YouTube channel right away, where you’ll find many more wonderful live videos.

I first reviewed Gary’s stunning piano work on his “Even For A Moment” album, where his most melodic and heartfelt playing got very high marks… the new release serves as a perfect “bridge” between classical pieces and music that is perfect for meditation… Gary’s skill at this calming and meditative music is totally evident on pieces like the 4:25 “Orfeu et Eurydice: Melodie“… deep rich tones from his left-hand are brightly complimented by his style in the upper registers of the keyboard.  This is one of the most relaxing tunes I’ve listened to (yet) in 2020!

More powerful influences shine through on songs like Arvo Pärt‘s “Fur Alina“… because the length is only 2:12, I predict that this piece will be getting a lot of airplay on Classical stations ’round the globe.

The strings that are woven in, under, around and through the 5:08 “Piano Concerto No. 2” give Gary’s performance a magical quality, and the moderately slow tempo will help your reflections and meditations as you listen to this over and over again!

The opening track for the album, “Adagio From Concerto in Dm“, is vibrant and full of life, despite the somewhat darker key it’s played in… our readers who yearn for something deeper in their listening will find this very much to their liking.

Of the fifteen songs offered up for your aural adventure, it was easy to choose “Canon in D” as my personal favorite… it’s the longest performance on the album (7:15), and displays Gary’s keyboard skills in the most flattering light.

I give Gary a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99.  Get more information about this fascinating pianist on Gary’s website.                Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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