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A Brilliant Re-Imagining

In case you didn't know it already, Bartolomeo Cristofori was the inventor of the piano, and in 1988 David Lanz paid tribute to him with his rich album, Cristofori's Dream, itself a lovely album of considerable grace and beauty. But, that work was enhanced by other musicians who built up the overall sound. Here, with Cristofori's Dream...Re-Envisioned, Lanz revisits this seminal piece and attacks it with his solo piano skills. It works as more of a tribute in this way, bringing to the fore the true sound of invention and the joy of discovering it.

Each song has been made even more delicate and dynamic by Lanz's artistic decision to pare down the songs to the essentials (Lanz also produces), and “Cristofori's Dream” opens the proceedings on an gloriously upbeat note. It's followed by the aptly named “Spiral Dance”, and the gorgeous “Green into Gold”. “Wings to Altair” continues the transformation, and “Summer's Child” and “Free Fall”, round out the original compositions which Lanz contributed back in 1988. Procul Harum's “Whiter Shade of Pale” ends the session on an elegiac note, with the original organ work now giving way to Lanz and his considerable talent.

What follows on the CD are two works that really bring the album to a proper close. “Cristofori's Dream”, here realized with complete orchestral accompaniment, is full and supple, repeating the first track, but embellishing on it as well, and showing the difference, and the reason, for this audio excursion in the first place. “Seuol Improvisation” closes things on a plaintive note that's in full keeping with the mood Lanz has established. It's actually a perfect ending, and really brings the album to a brilliant finish.

David Lanz's new CD, Cristofori's Dream...Re-Envisioned, is a modern masterpiece, placing the piano where it yearns to be, and here's it's Lanz's thoughtful passion that puts it front and center. This 25 year re-imagining is well worth your time and attention. Highly Recommended.

From MainlyPiano

David Lanz’s original 1988 release, "Cristofori’s Dream," was a landmark recording in the so-called new age genre, topping Billboard’s first Adult Alternative/New Age chart and staying on the chart for twenty-seven weeks. It was also a major turning point in Lanz’s career. "Cristofori’s Dream...Re-Envisioned" is the 25th Anniversary edition, presented as all solo piano except for the orchestrated concert bonus track of “Cristofori’s Dream” from Lanz’s 2003 "Symphonic Sessions" CD. The original album featured a number of guest musicians, but this one is David Lanz solo, doing what he does best. All of the pieces from the original album are included, plus two bonus tracks (the second bonus track is a live recording of “Seoul Improvisation” recorded in 2010), and while the pieces are fundamentally the same, Lanz has evolved as an artist and so has his music. Most of the pieces are more improvised in sections and I think the music is more expressive and personal than the original recording. So even if you have the original and Narada’s 10th anniversary re-release, this one is basically all new. In a nutshell, even though I’ve been listening to and teaching this music for many, many years, I’m thrilled to be hearing these songs in their new incarnations and love this album! It’s a must for all of Lanz’s fans, and if you are new to his music, this is a wonderful place to start!

The CD version includes a full-color 16-page booklet written by David Lanz that tells the story of how the title song and original album were inspired and came into being. Lanz also wrote about the inspiration behind the other six songs and two bonus tracks. Also included is his classic story of “Cristofori’s Dream” “as told in concert.” I’ve always loved this story because it really brings the song to life along with telling a slice of music history in a sweet and fanciful way. Since this and the original recording are both dedicated to Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano, a biography of this great man is in the booklet, too. It’s a beautiful and delightful package, and I strongly recommend getting the physical CD over the download. The songbook contains some of the written material, but the CD is much more complete.

"Cristofori’s Dream...Re-Envisioned" deserves to become another landmark recording as well as a wonderful reminder of why we all fell in love with David Lanz and his music twenty-five years ago. I give it my highest recommendation.


Born: June 28, 1950 in Seattle, WA

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most popular artists in the solo instrumental and adult alternative spheres, Lanz played in several rock bands during his teens, then began developing his style as a solo pianist in a small Seattle nightclub. He introduced some of his originals into the bar's required mix of standards and pop tunes, receiving such a positive response from patrons that, before long, he was playing his own material almost exclusively. His early albums of solo piano works are still among the Narada label's...
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