Kathy Parsons' review of "Nocturnes"
Nocturnes begins with “Twilight,” one of the piano solos and my favorite track on the album. The slow, fluid movement of the piece is a soothing balm for the soul, gently uplifting and reassuring. All proceeds from the sale of “Anne’s Lullaby” will be donated to The National Family Resiliency Center, an organization which “is committed to helping children and adults preserve a sense of family, foster healthy relationships, and constructively adjust to change, especially during times of individual and family transitions.” “Stars,” a gorgeous duet for English horn and piano, is another favorite and seems to effortlessly float on a dreamy cloud. “Once Upon a Time” combines strings and English horn with keyboards to create a sweet and magical fairly tale - this one definitely has a happy ending! “Quiet Soul” is tranquility set to music. Guitar, English horn, strings, and keyboard create a wonderful soundtrack to an imaginary film showing open spaces and gentle breezes. “Peter’s Theme” is dedicated to the memory of Peter Fox, a musician friend who passed away in early 2012. All proceeds from the sale of this piece will be donated to The Peter Fox Project, which benefits the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC, an organization which “brings its diverse community together to give underserved children and youth the opportunity to explore and study the visual and performing arts in an afterschool safe haven.” What a moving tribute to a talented and much-loved friend! “Sunrise” closes the album with warmth and optimism - another favorite, this time with piano and keyboard washes. Sigh....
It’s so great to have new music from Dan Chadburn, and we’ll hope it isn’t such a long time between albums next time! Nocturnes is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Very highly recommended!
September 12, 2012