Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Holiday PianoSoft - Peaceful Piano Music to Soundtrack Your Holiday

Today we're happy to announce the release of two new holiday themed PianoSoft albums featuring performances from Sue Downs and Bryan Pezzone.  Both albums feature the artists' own stirring interpretations of familiar holiday songs and carols, which have a soft, reflective mood that's makes for a perfect soundtrack to a relaxing holiday.

Between these two albums and the Holiday Favorites channel on Piano Radio which launched yesterday, your yamaha keyboard should now be fully equipped to provide warm, comforting music throughout the sometimes cold, often stressful, holiday season.

Peaceful Christmas

The name of this album really says it all.  Pianist Bryan Pezzone's brings an open, airy playing style and an improvisational approach to these songs which highlights the tranquility and peaceful message of the season.  The song selection here, which is heavy on jazz inspired Christmas ballads like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Christmas Time Is Here", also sets a warm, contemplative mood that's a perfect fit for a quiet winter's night.  Overall, this is one of the best holiday albums we've released in quite some time - a wonderful blend of Pezzone's artistic interpretation and heartwarming holiday feeling.

Silent Night, Holy Night

As the title suggests "Silent Night, Holy Night", is a collection of hymns and Christmas carols, but the tone of the album certainly is not as still as "silent" would imply.  Pianist Sue Downs has adds some jazzy touches and sections of embellishment and improvisation to songs as varied as the 16th century "Coventry Carol", and the Appalachian carol "I Wonder as I Wander". While largely staying faithful to the melodies and harmonies of these songs, Downs also plays around with phrasing, adds dramatic flourishes and broadens the dynamics.  The rendition of "Gesu Bambino" captured here moves smoothly between aggressive passages and delicate ornamentation, and in Downs' hands "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" becomes a jaunty and elegant waltz.

- Doug