Danae Vlasse enchanting piano violin transition portraits Danae Vlasse – Solstice

Danae Vlasse enchanting piano violin transition portraits Danae Vlasse – SOLSTICE:  STOP what you’re doing… Danae’s original piano compositions are performed in duet with violinist Mischa Lefkowitz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (their most senior member, in fact) in such spectacular quality that you won’t be able to concentrate on anything but their explorations of the transitions that occur in our lives… as you listen to the deeply moving expressions of pain moving into a more comfortable place on the 6:57 “Berceuse Pour Beau“, you’ll feel the power of transition… an absolutely lovely marraige of piano and violin that you will listen to over and over again.

Though I couldn’t find live performance captures of the duo together, here are two videos of the players that will give you strong insights into their performance styles… here’s Danae performing her original composition, Fantaisie No 2, “Swansong”…

…sheer musical beauty, I’m sure you’ll agree.  Below, you can hear/watch Mischa’s solo performance of Danae’s “Reverie“, which is the opener for this album…

Moving on through the album, I find the intimate reflections the duo portray of deep night moving gloriously into morning on “Nocturne-Meditation” to be highly charged with the spark of life and the living of it… a marvelous composition and performance.

Since I reside at the very edge of the southern tip of the Puget Sound, it’s very easy for me to relate to the wonderful sonic images that Danae and Mischa paint on “The Sea“… it’s the longest performance on the album (16:20), and is definitely my choice for personal favorite of the nine pieces offered up for your musical enjoyment.

I give Danae and Mischa a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99.  Get more information at Danae’s website.          Rotcod Zzaj

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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