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Gentle Spirit

Gentle Spirit by Bernward Koch

Fueled by reflective dreaminess and soft, emotive piano melodies, Koch creates tapestries of soft instrumentation and lilting melody lines. Serene music for relaxation and quiet times.” —Music Design

According to a wise old parable, a gentle breeze is more welcome than a mighty storm. So it is with Koch’s fifteen new compositions, though within their gentle nature is contained a spirited essence. The effect upon listening is of one’s spirit being caressed by a gentle breeze of hope.

Tracks

1. The Treasure 3:56
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2. Immortal Thoughts 4:47
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3. Get Free 3:16
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4. Poignant Memory 3:07
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5. Fragrant Way 5:56
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6. Farewell, My Friend 4:22
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7. An Evening Walk 3:58
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8. Under Trees 3:50
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9. A Time Ago 3:07
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10. An Ancient Dance 3:08
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11. Song of Young Tree 3:15
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12. Back to Myself 3:45
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13. A Little Ode 2:42
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14. Multi-Colored Windows 3:32
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15. A Shimmer of Leaves 2:33
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More Music By This Artist

Filled with Light by Bernward Koch
Touched by Love by Berwnward Koch
Remembering by Bernward Koch
Day of Life by Bernward Koch
Silent Star by Bernward Koch
Walking Through Clouds by Bernward Koch
Journey To The Heart by Bernward Koch
Flowing by Bernward Koch

Press Acclaim

Chris Spector

Back after too long away from his fans, Koch is re-energized but not straying too far from the field that made him such a hit with his fans. Knowing how to work the relaxing side of new age to the fullest, these melodic tapestries and filigrees are just what you need to hear in a world gone upside down. Living up to its title handily, this is a soothing set of non-muzak that will always be welcome.

Kathy Parsons

Gentle Spirit is the perfect title for this latest release from German composer/pianist Bernward Koch. Silken melodies float on soft languid tones, soothing the mind and easing away the cares of the day. A few of the fifteen tracks have strong but quiet rhythms, while others are more ethereal. Koch appears on piano, keyboards, guitar, bass, glockenspiel, and programming. He is joined by his wife, Christiane Boehm, on flute, and his brother, Christoph, on percussion, making this is an elegant family project. There are places on this record that remind me strongly of label-mate Kevin Kern — never a bad thing, by any means! I just hope that the Real Music signature sound doesn’t become so homogenized that one artist is indistinguishable from the others. The production quality on this album is incredible, as it always is with Real Music releases. Gentle Spirit begins with “The Treasure,” a breezy piece for piano, light percussion, and keyboards that sets the serene tone of the album. If it’s possible, “Immortal Thoughts” is even more soothing. As the title suggests, it is reflective and dreamy, seducing the listener into a peaceful state of mind. I really like “Get Free,” which picks up the rhythm a bit and offers a poignant, bittersweet melody. “Fragrant Way” also has a compelling rhythm along with a touch of exotic spice — lovely! “Under Trees” has the lazy pace of an afternoon daydream. Flute and organ add some contrasting colors that really work. “An Ancient Dance“ is a surprising guitar solo that fits in better than you might expect. Elegant and graceful, it harkens back to less stressful and complicated times. “Back To Myself” is another favorite. More improvised and free, it is both mysterious and reflective with a slightly agitated edge. “A Little Ode” shimmers with grace and solitude. “Multi-Colored Windows” has a magical tranquility and a gentle sparkle. “A Shimmer of Leaves” ends the album with a message of hope and peace. Gentle Spirit is a soothing balm for the mind and soul. Find it wherever Real Music releases are sold. It’s a beauty!

Dan Cowan

Bernward Koch creates music that is soft, lulling and pleasing, filled with imagination-sparking melodies inspired by the natural world. His instrument of choice is the piano, which takes the clear center stage on the lush Gentle Spirit, alongside light (occasional) percussion, flute, keyboards and ambience. The compositions call to mind lazy afternoons relaxing in the sunshine.