David Lanz has really turned me into a new age music listener and admirer with his graceful and soaring piano pieces. I've never heard piano before that sounds like a living and breathing habitat, and since I've been playing it myself from the age of six I had an even greater appreciation for his art. As a composer he is a genius but he's just as brilliant as a performer. I can hear dark night sky and trees swaying in the wind, a bobbing brook running through a cool fir forest, a big cold orb of the silver moon shining on a grassy field and more through this music.
Nightfall is truly incredible and unforgettable and hearing it for the first time when I was around eleven, burned itself into my mind and I swear it has never left. I grew up listening to New Age music and David Lanz, Michael Jones, Spencer Brewer, Nancy Rumbel and Eric Tingstad just to name a few as their sweet melodies on piano, guitar flutes and other instruments wove a tapestry of sound and color like no other. This album might be short, but each piece brings quality that no quantity can beat and that makes it better than 2 cd sets of New Age or any other music that I got in the past, filled with pieces but not all of them are to my taste.
This album is sweet, dreamy, in places majestic and romantic and above all its filled with gorgeous melodies that make sense, and each one is a gem in my eyes. This has been in my collection for about thirteen years and I love it no matter much time passes between listening. I swear that listening to this really relaxes me, and right now as Im typing, listening to it at work, I forget that Im in a concrete jungle, and instead I feel like Im sitting in a lighthouse with a fireplace burning ( no physically possible I know but still, its cute) and I feel cozy and happy!
"Nightfall" was David Lanz's second album. Purely solo piano, this album contains some of Lanz's classics. The album contains six tracks that range from four to ten minutes in length, giving the record a relaxed, leisurely feeling. The pieces include "Leaves on the Seine," "Courage of the Wind," Water From the Moon," and "Faces of the Forest." "Nightfall" is still available in its original form, and also as a remastered set with "Heartsounds," Lanz's debut recording on Narada.