Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Biggest Songs of the Eighteen & Nineteen Seventies in the Latest PianoSoft Releases

Drawing on the brightest musical stars of the 1970's, like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, as well as one of the biggest names of the 1870's, Johannes Brahms, this week's new PianoSoft covers the best of both centuries. The "Rhapsodic Brahms" album features some of the composer's most beloved piano works, masterfully played by pianist Robert Theis. "Super Seventies", for its part, collects some of the most popular songs from one hundred years late which, though originally played with more modern electric instruments, are presented here in newly arranged solo piano versions for your Yamaha keyboard or piano.

"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" - Super Seventies

It's difficult to sum up the music of an entire decade in only one album, but "Super Seventies" does a great job of merging both the loud and in your face rock and roll that emerged in the 1970s with the mellower songs that were equally popular at the time. For one thing, pianist Joel Plimmer has arranged hits from such heavy rock bands as Bachman Turner Overdrive and Led Zeppelin for solo piano, and in the process has softened up some of the decade's hard rock. With Plimmer's deft touch and the new arrangements on this album, the singer/songwriter classic "American Pie" and the wistful ballad "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" sit comfortably next to hard rockers like "Smoke on the Water" and "Dream On".

Rhapsodic Brahms

Between this album and the recently released Chopin Channel on Piano Radio, fans of the Romantic era of classical music have a lot of new music to enjoy on their Yamaha instruments this week! This album compiles wonderful performances of some Brahms' legendary piano works, and as the title of the album suggests, it includes both of his monumental piano "Rhapsodies". It also includes the lively and tempestuous Hungarian Dance no. 1, one of Brahms' most popular and frequently performed compositions. Though often scored for orchestra, it was also arranged by Brahms for solo piano, and the renowned pianist Robert Thies does a wonderful job of bringing out its dramatic arpeggios and virtuosic runs. Rounding out the collection are two contemplative "Intermezzi" and the light and lovely "Cappricio" from the "Eight Pieces" for piano.

- Doug