Title - 'Letters From Far Away'
Artist - Heidi Breyer
Well, luckily for all us fans of piano, Pianist and composer Heidi Breyer has released a stunning new album of musical beauty entitled Letters From Far Away. Indeed, better than that, this brand new release is actually a double Solo and Piano Instrumental album and Heidi's debut production alongside legendary Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records) and Tom Eaton. Ergo, for those in the know, the album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont and Studio Sound in LA.
Letters From Far Away is Heidi's musical interpretation of a handful of experiences in the story of one couple, each from different countries, who met in 1960 and after 5 years apart, against all odds, walked the rest of their lives together. It is also about love in all it's forms, how love is the common denominator that transcends time and links the generations over the course of decades. It is the one thing that connects us all and Heidi has seamlessly managed to warmly invite us into her musical vision.
This beautiful album begins with 'All The Good Things,' a soothing, gentle work, so enticing that if you shut your eyes you can actually imagine Heidi right there in your front room playing just for you. That is followed by the faster tempo of 'Small Cafe,' the slower, more methodical '1960,' and then the finger tripping styling of 'First Impressions.'
The thoughtful, paced 'Old Photograph (Gliders)' is next, and takes us back along with it to a time set in black and white. 'Touchstone' is yet another fine showing of Breyer's piano artistry, as you can imagine her fingers gliding so precisely across the keys that her eyes must be shut too. The title track, 'Letters from Far Away' is next, and is backed by the joyous nature of 'Welton,' a track that simply skips along the air that it is played within. The thoughtful 'Scarborough Fair' is not as S&G as one might have hoped to hear; and yet was hardly expected, in truth, and the album is rounded out by the stoic 'No Man Is an Island,' and then finally, the delicate 'Starry Pond.'
But wait, there's more, because as mentioned at the top of this article, this is a double album of goodness! The first CD houses the incarnations of her songs in Piano Solo form, the second CD containing the very same songs, but in Piano Instrumental form. Two CDs for the price of one and two breathtakingly beautiful sets of piano tracks from a lady who can seemingly do no wrong in this profession = pure, unadulterated Heaven, trust me!
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk