The title of this recording is Nocturnes and it has a double meaning. Pianist Dan Chadburn was trained as a classical musician and this music has certain classical (or at least modern classical elements). In the music world the word “nocturne” is most-often used in the clasical genre and technically refers to a composition that is inspired by or evocative of the night (Chopin wrote 21 of them). But most of us occasionally use the word “nocturnal” when simply referring to nighttime activities. So Chadburn says he wrote these pieces at night and that they started reflecting all those feelings and activities that come with the night.
He says in his bio, “Night is an interesting time when we might ponder our mortality, or take a hard look at our lives, or count up the good times, or fall asleep and explore our subconscious in our dreams. This music can serve as a soundtrack for any of those late-night musings.”
One listen and you will probably agree. The music has sort of a melancholy, pensive, reflective air about it.
The first two pieces -- “Twilight” and the best tune, “Anne’s Lullaby” -- are solo piano. Two tohers -- “The Road” and the very pretty “Sunrise” -- are almost solo piano, but include very faint synth strings. The other eight compositions feature some piano, but also a lot of English horn, viola, violin and French horn in the forefront carrying a lot of the melodic load.
The music is really lovely, whether you get into the “night aspects” behind it or not. But it would seem to be ideal music to put on just as you are about ready to drift off. It should set up your sleep, and dreams, quite nicely.
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