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Love Songs [Best of]

David Lanz Audio CD
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1. Beloved
2. A Path With A Heart
3. Heartsounds
4. Song For Monet
5. Dreamer's Waltz
6. Summer's Child
7. London Blue
8. Madre De La Tierra
9. Cristofori's Dream
10. Farewell Amparo
11. The Embrace
12. Leaves On The Seine
13. Return To The Heart
14. Eyes Of Amelia

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Love Songs showcases pianist/composer David Lanz in perhaps his most affecting setting--performing solo, or with modest accompaniment, as he summons lovely, heart-touching melodies from some deep, internal reservoir of passion and clarity. The disc is a sampler that draws from seven pre-2000 recordings (plus one live track, an attractive performance of "The Eyes of Amelia" with guitarist Eric Tingstad and oboist Nancy Rumbel), and it features several of Lanz's best-known works--from the famed title track of Cristofori's Dream to a pair of selections ("Song for Monet" and "Leaves on the Seine") from his masterful 1984 release, Nightfall. The recording's concept and title were dreamt up by his former label, since Lanz views himself not as a romantic but merely an enlightened pilgrim. Only once, he has stated, has he ever written a song with overt romantic intentions--"Leaves on the Seine", which he composed after a visit to Paris with his wife. The rest, he says, simply reflect his optimistic view of a more compassionate world to come. This helps explain the sentimental overload that sometimes creeps into his works. (The schmaltz police, for example, might write him up for a few excesses on "Beloved".) Yet Lanz's heart is ultimately in the right place, and his simple but earnest music makes a persuasive argument for putting yours there, too. --Terry Wood

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5.0 out of 5 stars from Solo Piano Publications March 21 2001
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"Love Songs" is yet another compilation of David Lanz's older material presented in an attractive new package (Lanz left Narada in 1998). Released in time for Valentine's Day 2001, it is somewhat ironic because Lanz has consciously avoided writing love songs for many years. With that said, this is an excellent collection of David's music going as far back as "Heartsounds", his debut album on Narada in 1983, and the most recent track being "London Blue" from "Songs From an English Garden" (1998). The only track that hasn't appeared on another album is "The Eyes of Amelia", which is a beautiful live recording made in a 1990 concert with Tingstad and Rumbel. If you are new to David Lanz' music, this is an outstanding collection of some of his best-known and best-loved pieces. Or, if you want to update some vinyl or cassette recordings to CD, this is an inexpensive means to bring things into the present. Longtime fans, however, will find only one "new" piece here, and it's eleven years old. Lanz is currently working on an album of all-new material, so new music is on its way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of David Lanz's Most Popular Compositions Jan. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
A delight to listen to from start to finish, this album of David Lanz's older material features mainly piano solos and other tracks with light accompaniment. This CD has been released by his former label, and contains many of his most popular releases from several different albums when he was with Narada.
If you enjoy melodic, well constructed piano pieces, you will probably enjoy this CD. David Lanz is an excellent composer and pianist and I have no hesitation in recommending this album, particularly if you want an excellent introduction to the musical world of David Lanz and do not have all his CDs already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of David Lanz March 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you like new-age or contemporary solo piano (Liz Story, Wayne Gratz, George Winston, Jeff Bjorck) you will probably love David Lanz. His Cristofori's Dream is very popular and is included on this collection of music, most of which has been released on a number of other cds. There are some instrumental selections with David Lanz here as well; Path with a Heart and the Tingstad/Rumbel cut. Tingstad and Rumbel also record for the Narada label and are a guitar/wind duo. It's an extra treat to have them with David Lanz. If you have not tried David Lanz's piano cd's, this is an excellent one to try.
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