Friday, January 8, 2010

New PianoSoft - Songs For Lovers, Sarah McLachlan & 60's Hits

Our most recent PianoSoft releases hold a little something for everyone - romantic piano music to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day, stirring performances of Sarah McLachlan's greatest hits to get you're 90's nostalgia going in the new decade, and some great arrangements of 60s pop and soul to get you through the post-holiday doldrums.

My Valentine - Songs for Lovers

The songs on this album are all undeniably romantic, but, with the soulful "Let's Stay Together" next to the minor key jazz standard "My Funny Valentine", they all present different approaches to the classic love song.  Pianist Tom Zink's arrangements bring a warm, cohesive feel to the album, focusing on what all of the songs have in common: timeless romantic melodies.  Of course, there are also some wonderful interpretations throughout the record - Zink takes the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows" into waltz time, and he throws some exciting improvisational flourishes into Etta James's "At Last".

On a related note, be sure to keep an eye out for the Valentine Love Notes channel on Piano Radio, which will be available to all subscribers on February 1st.

Angel - Sarah McLachlan

With multiple Grammy awards and platinum records on her mantle, Yamaha artist Sarah McLachlan has established herself as one of the greatest female voices of the past two decades. Songs such as "I Will Remember You" and "Angel", are the sort of timeless tracks that express universal, powerful emotions and will be heard and played for years to come. On this PianoSoft album, pianist Bill Cunliffe focuses on McLachlan's ballads, creating solo piano arrangements that allow him to delicately highlight the dynamics and lyricism of her songs.

(For more on Sarah, check out her recent profiles in Yamaha's All Access Magazine and exclusive behind the scenes video at All Access 360.)

My Guy - Hits of the 60s

The 60s were a tumultuous time that saw the true birth of American popular music in the emerging soul, rock and rhythm and blues genres. And true to the spirit of the 60s, this PianoSoft album spans all of these styles and more, from the Broadway style drama of "Downtown" to the country tinged vamp of "These Boots Are Made for Walking". Pianist Michael Asher really gets going, however, on the more soul inspired numbers, like "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Dancing in the Streets".

Have a great weekend!

- Doug