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Day of Life

Day of Life by Bernward Koch

Koch takes you to a world full of peace and magic, where the melodies and sounds are part of the context that creates the magnificent compositions.” —reviewsnewage.com

Each track conjures an idyllic day, a dreamy journey through nature, as though Monet’s pastels have come to life. Concerns float away while basking in this gorgeous hour of Koch’s signature music. Describing his recording process for Day of Life, Koch said, “Flooded with good memories, I became more in the composing of it.” You can become more in the listening.

Watch the video for the first track on Day of Life.

Tracks

1. The Enchanted Path 4:15
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Average: 5 (3 votes)
2. The Blue Light 5:06
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3. Lonely Road 5:19
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Average: 5 (2 votes)
4. Flowers on the Mountain 3:06
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Average: 5 (2 votes)
5. Morning Silence 4:23
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Average: 5 (2 votes)
6. Irish Sun 3:20
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Average: 5 (2 votes)
7. Day of Life 7:05
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Average: 5 (3 votes)
8. On Gentle Waves 3:29
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9. Passing Clouds 4:57
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10. Golden October 4:50
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11. Journey to the Sea 6:54
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Average: 5 (2 votes)
12. Peaceful Childhood 4:02
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Average: 5 (2 votes)
13. Behind the Mountains 5:07
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Average: 5 (2 votes)

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Press Acclaim

James McQuiston

“The Enchanted Path” is the introductory effort on Day of Life. At four and a quarter minutes, the track still seems to go by like a flash. Each note created by Koch fits perfectly and sets the stage for the rest of the album. While “Flowers on the Mountain” barely reaches the three minute mark, the track is able to dovetail nicely into “Morning Silence.” The hopeful feelings that are elicited during the latter track provide listeners with a warm feeling that is fostered time and time again by later-album efforts, including Day of Life’s titular composition. Day of Life has a slow build that gradually ebbs and flows, with different elements reaching dominances and fading away into the aether. The second half of Day of Life touches upon the gentle insistence of the earth (“On Gentle Waves”), the inevitability of time (“Passing Clouds,” “Golden October”), and even the butterflies that flutter around a child’s stomach during a trip (“Journey to the Sea,” “Peaceful Childhood”).
 
“Behind the Mountains” is the final track on Day of Life, providing listeners with a resounding track that will imprint itself on minds and hearts for long after Day of Life has ceased to spin. Koch has crafted a delicate and fulfilling effort with this CD, establishing a novel with nary a word.  
 
Top Tracks: “Flowers on the Mountain”,” On Gentle Waves”
Rating: 8.0/10

Robert Silberstein

The premier New Age music record label in the world today, Real Music continues releasing music masterpieces on CD. Advocates for sonic works of art as opposed to mere music, Real Music has another winner on their hands with the Autumn 2013 release of Day Of Life from Bernward Koch. Drawing on the essence of classical inspired European romanticism, the 13 track, 61 minute CD features Bernward’s piano and synth keyboards merging together for a dreamlike, relaxing hour of music. At the center of Real Music is their music as a form of healing therapy and there’s a lot to be said for that effect on Bernward’s latest music masterpiece. Commenting on the making of Day Of Life, Bernward adds, ‘The music made me think of memorable days in my life, wonderful memories, from childhood or a few years ago, a sunny and warm day, feeling free and happy. While playing and recording I was in a state of complete concentration — really lost in another world.’ In addition to the piano and synth keyboards on Day Of Life, Bernward also performs guitar, bass, melodica, glockenspiel, cymbals and gong, all fitting together like a complex painting on a sonic canvas. Several musicians assist including Bernward’s wife Christiane Böhm, who adds in flute and piccolo. Fans of Bernward’s other Real Music CD titles will thoroughly enjoy Day Of Life. If New Age music is the source you're seeking for stress relief and meditative relaxation, then Day Of Life by Bernward Koch CD is a worthy sonic remedy for sure.

Chris Spector

For his latest, Koch turns his keyboards to soundscapes that each represent a baker’s dozen of days where you get to do what you want in peaceful surroundings without a care in the world. With themes that feel like drifting and floating that might makes you feel like Huck Finn drifting down the Mississippi away from his troubles if he was doing  it today (you wouldn’t have had music like this 150 years ago, come on), this is a first class audio getaway that won’t do anything less than help you recharge the batteries. Dandy stuff to open the ears and mind with.
 

Michael Debbage

This reviewer stated about eight years ago that German pianist Bernward Koch could best be described as classically trained, with a good ear for an understated melody with room to breathe merging classical and ambient influences. Several recordings later the same can be said for his most current recording Day Of Life which will please any of Koch’s current fan base and new listeners seeking for a music that is silky smooth with no edges. Koch’s music continues to be inconspicuous and pastoral in nature allowing for a great escape from everyday life.

Kathy Parsons

Day of Life is Bernward Koch’s sixth album of soothing, silky-smooth instrumental music on the Real Music label. The thirteen original pieces are mostly piano/keyboard-based and evoke images of a perfect day. Warm, dreamy, and very relaxing, this could very well be my favorite of Koch’s albums. Not quite a solo effort, Koch’s wife, Christiane Bohm, appears on flute and piccolo on several tracks; and Christoph Koch, Annina Struve, and Johannes Anders play various hand percussion instruments on the closing track. As would be expected of a major Real Music release, this is ideal music for massage, meditation, relaxing, studying, or simply a private musical retreat to a place of peace, beauty, and utter contentment.

Day Of Life begins with “The Enchanted Path,” a piece overflowing with grace, calm, and just a hint of magic. Bohm’s ethereal flute is perfect, adding a breath of springtime. “The Blue Light” is as warm and gentle as a whisper, effortlessly soothing stress and cares away - sigh! I absolutely love “Lonely Road” with its poignant, melancholy mood of reflection. Piano, keyboards, and atmospheric sounds paint a picture in delicate shades of blue and purple - another sigh! “Flowers On the Mountain” is more ambient with warm, pastel colors, and an easy flow. “Irish Sun” is my other favorite. The bittersweet melody has the simplicity of a music box, but the misty washes of sound behind it give it dimension and weight. Bohm appears this time on piccolo, again a perfect fit for the piece. It’s amazing how a simple song can convey such intense emotion. Love it! The title track has a slow, rubato waltz rhythm and is as serene as a nap in a grassy meadow. “Passing Clouds” could be a lovely lullaby for a child of any age - sweetness and innocence set to music. I also really love “Journey to the Sea,” one of the longer pieces. The gently rocking rhythm suggests the peaceful ebb and flow of a very calm ocean, perhaps at sunset. Delicate bells make me think of sparkles of sunshine dancing on the water - another favorite for sure! “Behind the Mountains” returns to a more ambient sound that would be wonderful in a movie soundtrack. Conveying the majesty of a mountain range and a curiosity about what lies beyond it, it’s a gorgeous ending to a terrific album. 

I have enjoyed all of Bernward Koch’s albums, but I think Day of Life is his most expressive and evocative work to date. It is available for pre-order from Real Music, Amazon, and iTunes. The official release date is September 10, 2013.

Very highly recommended!