Sunday, June 10, 2012

CD Review – Whereas, by Rebecca Oswald

Rebecca Oswald presents thirteen formidable solo piano tunes that conjure vivid stories fueled by the artist’s passion.

This is not your typical solo piano CD. Although Oswald has no accompaniment, she more than makes up for it with a dynamic sound and a masterful technique that give the impression of a full orchestra, thanks to her ambidextrous rendering of melodies, harmonies, and fills.

The compositions and performances themselves are full of drama and nuance. While they are serene and beautiful, they are also very compelling. Just when you think you’re about to drift off into tranquility, Oswald reels you back in with a jarring note here and a thunderous chord there.

If you’re looking for solo piano music that’s a nice blend of quiet and intensity and both relaxing and challenging, this one is worth a spin.

--Raj Manoharan

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