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Absolutely brilliant piano music with some accompaniment on some tracks Solo piano tracks are fantastic. I am always looking for new music like this I love Narada and ECM all their great artists . The Album STONE ROSE is a masterpiece and I'm surprised its not from either of those musical stables . its 5 stars Plus .
I like piano music with plenty of melody harmony and feeling and I get all this with this album. There are elements of Classical Jazz Contemporary here with nothing weird wacky out in left field atonal; everything falls gently and melodiously on the ears. I discovered Ola only recently and love his choral music and am learning and listening to all I can. Ola will be 40 years old and released this when he was 29 showing an ability far beyond his years after study in his native Norway the Royal Conservatory and Julliard. He has since released 4 more albums 1 piano and 3 for voices piano and strings which are brilliant. The music is influenced by his time in LA and NYC. Snow In New York evokes visions just that with light delicate playing like snow falling. The Line has a strong bass and light treble. The Hudson probably my favorite piece is a beautiful duet for piano and cello that I could listen to all day. Stone Rose and April are love songs FOR the piano not ON the piano; sweet and tender. Sienna is a lovely trio for piano violin and cello. North Country II is for piano cello flugelhorn and Serenity for piano and flugelhorn which you may think would not work but it does very nicely. This young man will go far in music. He is already well known around the world. You should get to know him too. You will thank your self later.
There is not much more to say. After hearing the initial sample of his work on 2L's sampler disc, I bought this, and have loved every moment I have had to listen to it. Mr. Gjeilo has a new fan. I am not some pretentious music expert. I believe most people listening would come to the same conclusion.
If your life is full of organized chaos between family, work, etc; this recording is what you want to be grabbing at some point in your day to help calm your mind. This isn't new age hokey stuff; this man has talent, and he turns in the piano into water the way it flows. I have picked up his other works "Piano Improvisations" and "Northern Lights", and they are both high caliber recordings with difference that make them have there own feel. Those differences don't degrade, they just make them as unique and different personalities as you would think of each of your children.
If Amazon would have been asking for double or triple what I paid for these discs (between 15 and 30), I still think they are worth it, his ability is THAT good!
I must admit at the outset that this genre/style of music is not my usual ticket, but I am a big fan of Ole Gjielo's more classical faire, so I thought I would give this a try. I was not at all disappointed. Other than the first track, which is not at all representative of the rest of the album, I enjoyed every entry on this CD. I Particularly liked tracks 5,8,9,12, and 13. The Hudson (track 5) is a very beautiful and effective piece, which seems to waver back and forth between sadness, love, hope, and eternity. It speaks volumes in its 3 1/3 minute playing time. The last two tracks include horn solos, which seem to me to be a bit too closely miked, as they are too loud for my ears in relation to the other music. The listener either needs to turn the volume down or pull the headphones away from their ears. The first track strikes me as twittering, repetitive, banal, and nearly pointless - I would not have included it at all, and it put me back at first since it is the first track. I suppose Gjielo was trying to create a musical impression of snowfall. It didn't work for me.
As I noted in the title of this review, this music has a very cinematic flavor to it, and in my mind, that is not a bad thing. This often reminds of very good quality music one might hear at the end of a film while the credits were running. In my mind, some of that "movie music" is the best "classical" music being written anymore.
I like this album and highly recommend it, though I cannot classify exactly what it is. It's sort of part new age, part classical, part jazz, and part cinema faire - not all the same, but all in the same family (except for track 1). I don't like jazz, nor do I like new age, but this I have listened to several times with great enjoyment.
This is my first experience with the music and playing of Ola Gjeilo. As a classically-trained pianist, I am always interested to hear such pianists when they crossover to non-classical idioms. From what I am hearing, Gjeilo has done so very successfully. From a technical standpoint, his technique is not surprisingly superb, and his tone is not surprisingly well-rounded. What is more important, however, is that he produces superb music. His compositions are lovely, and he plays them like a true musician. Of particular note is the song "Hudson" (Track 5) with cello and piano which is absolutely beautiful beyond words. That single piece puts to rest any question as to the degree of his creative talent. Moreover, he proves himself to be a superb melodist.
I was initially skeptical of all the drooling in the reviews I read for this album. There is no skepticism left. It is all true. Very Highly Recommended for anyone who loves music!