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Heart of the Rain

Indie Music album by Karen Fitzgerald

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A lovely surprise!

  • Dec 26, 1999
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New age pianists are fairly easy to come by, but finding one with something special to say and a unique way of saying it is not so easy. Karen FitzGerald's debut album is a lovely surprise. Her melodies tend to be fairly simple, but are beautifully fleshed out, indicating her extensive classical roots. Karen cites George Winston and Liz Story as major influences on her music, and while those influences are certainly there, the voice is Karen's alone. The music is intensely personal, but is also accessible and open. Fans of Winston's and Story's music should really enjoy "Heart of the Rain", as should fans of Wayne Gratz and Robin Spielberg. All but two of the songs are solo piano, and the other two have washes of synth to add subtle color. "A Rainy Night Outside Your Door" is probably my favorite piece on the CD, with its flowing rubato and poignant sadness - I also like the unpredictability of parts of the melody line. "Moods" is also exceptionally strong both musically and emotionally - it is thoughtful and introspective in the first few minutes, and then gets darker and deeper. Karen's elegant pianism really comes through on this piece. "The Wind's Lament" is gorgeous, with a dark, pensive mood. The three pieces I mentioned specifically are 7-10 1/2 minutes long, and have a spacious quality as well as the feeling that they had time to be fully explored and developed. The shorter pieces are also excellent (especially the touching "Lullaby" that closes the CD), but these longer works are exceptional. I highly recommend "Heart of the Rain"!

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review by . December 17, 1999
New age pianists are fairly easy to come by, but finding one with something special to say and a unique way of saying it is not so easy. Karen FitzGerald's debut album is a lovely surprise. Her melodies tend to be fairly simple, but are beautifully fleshed out, indicating her extensive classical roots. Karen cites George Winston and Liz Story as major influences on her music, and while those influences are certainly there, the voice is Karen's alone. The music is intensely personal, but is also …
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"FitzGerald's music has become even more lyrical, as in the opening ballad "Remembering," that begs for words by Gershwin. This is delicate, elegant music with suspends, holds and intelligent use of space between notes, as in "Winter's Flight." FitzGerald states in the liner notes, "I have always loved the rain, feeling that it calls out a more tender, emotional side of my being, connecting me with the natural world and with my heart." That heart connection is obvious, not in a flourish, but in a loving understatement, rich in color and flow. She dances playfully along on "Summer Rain" and has round somber bottom end to the more minimalist "Moods." George Winston comes to mind on works like "Emergence," and there is a delicacy that will carry you away on "Lullaby," a misty, quiet closing to this music beauty. Contemporary solo grand piano is delivered in flowing accurate statements. A hidden gem here in the Northwest."
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Label: Turquoise Rain Music
Genre: Indie Music
Release Date: April 9, 1999
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