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Enchanted Piano

Kevin Kern

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Album Review

A master of melody who has been releasing elegant and soothing piano-centered recordings (with gorgeous cover imagery) on Real Music since 1996's In the Enchanted Garden, Kern has over the years provided the soothing and inspiring soundtrack to thousands of dreams sparking Imagination's Light (his 2005 collection). His graceful touch and tunes have long been part of weddings and moments of physical and emotional healing. Ironically for an artist so renowned for his ivory magic, before Enchanted Piano he always colored his compositions with various harmony lines, lush soundscapes, orchestration, and creative instrumentation. A perfect complement to his 2002 compilation More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern — and featuring three beautifully hypnotic pieces from his subsequent album Imagination's Light — this set is a loving response to the requests of thousands of fans who wondered how their favorites (most from earlier in his career) would sound pure and unadorned as he first imagined and wrote them. As his liner notes say, "This is my gift to each of you, a collection of the special songs you have loved best on the instrument I love most." The enchantment is mutual, and could inspire Kern to take a fresh and simpler approach to his future output.

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If you don't own other Kevin Kern albums, I can highly recommend this one. However, every track comes from a previous album.

The master of melody

A first and long awaited CD of solo piano from Mr. Kern, the master of melody himself. It is no wonder that he is a Steinway Artist as he knows like no one else in the genre, how to bring the best out of that lovely instrument. These compositions, while previously recorded, are presented in a new and lovely light. Stunningly beautiful and highly recommended!

From MainlyPiano

"Enchanted Piano" is Kevin Kern’s tenth release on the Real Music label and his first all solo piano album - finally! If you have been fortunate enough to see Kern playing solo in concert, you have a good idea of what an incredible pianist he is. He started picking out melodies on the piano at the amazing age of eighteen months, and studied music through a Masters Degree in Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music, so he is an exceptionally well-trained as well as remarkably gifted musician. The eleven selections on this album are fan favorites from six of Kern’s previously-released CDs in all of their rich, unadorned beauty - just the artist and his beloved piano. Not surprisingly, three of the songs come from Kern’s classic debut album, "In the Enchanted Garden" (1995). There are three from Kern’s “best of” "More Than Words" (2002), three from "Imagination’s Light"(2006), two each from "Embracing the Wind" (2001) and "Beyond the Sundial" (1997), and one from "Summer Daydreams" (1998). Kern has such an elegant touch and his music is so graceful, melodic, and heartfelt that it is difficult to choose favorites from this collection - and what a nice thing that is!

"Enchanted Piano" begins with “Pastel Reflections,” a Kern classic in its own right and one of his most popular pieces. This solo version brings out the beauty of the simple melody and the feeling of a warm, sweet daydream. “Through The Arbor” is one of Kern’s signature pieces and one of my own favorites to play and teach. “A Gentle Whisper” is even more poignant as a piano solo, overflowing with tenderness and longing. “Sundial Dreams” is another classic - a peaceful and happy daydream set to music. Kern hasn’t recorded many dark pieces, but “Childhood Remembered” has always been one of my favorites. “Remembering the Light” is gently nostalgic with warm and blissful memories. “Into the Realm” and “Hide and Seek” both come from Kern’s under-appreciated Beyond the Sundial, and I’m really glad to see these two beauties come to the surface again. The album closes with “The Enchanted Garden,” a true classic of the new age genre.

I would have to say that "Enchanted Piano" is my favorite Kevin Kern album to date. I hope it’s a smash hit so he will be encouraged to release more solo piano records! Very highly recommended!

Biography

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Kevin Kern was a child prodigy playing the piano at the astounding age of eighteen months. He began studying with a private tutor at the age of four. Founding his own group, the Well Tempered Clavichord at age fourteen they made their professional debut. Kevin attended the...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: New Age, Music
  • Released: Jan 17, 2012

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