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Remembering

Remembering by Bernward Koch

A classically-trained and internationally-loved artist, Koch’s music is always sweetly optimistic yet expressive and complex enough to keep it interesting with repeated plays.” —MainlyPiano.com

Remembering is about allowing our experiences to emerge into present awareness and it's about remembering the joyous and totally loved beings we truly are. Thirteen signature Koch compositions featuring piano, keyboards, flute and light percussion — some reflective, most light and uplifting — create a nurturing sanctuary in which the sometimes forgotten magic of Remembering can reappear.

Watch the video for “Floating Feather” from Remembering

Tracks

1. Remembering 4:25
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2. New Morning 6:35
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3. My Secret 4:15
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4. Over the Fields 3:56
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5. Longing for Night in Summer 4:24
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6. Time of Innocence 3:20
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7. A Gift Remembered 4:17
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8. The Sunlit Hill 4:48
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9. First Flowers 3:55
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10. Threads of Mystery 5:32
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11. Carefree Sunday 3:40
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12. Floating Feather 6:25
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13. Through the Universe 7:00
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Press Acclaim

Bill Binkelman

Bernward Koch is one of Real Music's longest tenured artists (I remember reviewing his album Flowing in 1997) and the reason is self-evident. The pianist (who also plays keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion and glockenspiel on this album) can be counted on for friendly, accessible, melodic music, rooted in a blend of New Age and contemporary instrumental styles. On Remembering, he mixes things up at times, e.g. a dash of chilled rhythms ("Over the Fields") and some pop influences ("The Sunlit Hill"), but most of the songs are dreamy soundscapes that float on the air, like a fresh scent carried by a light breeze.

Michael Foster

Bernward Koch has been a great artist for Real Music since he signed with the label way back in 1998, and he has created six wonderful albums since becoming part of the label. Remembering is the seventh and once again his music resonates with feelings and emotions signature to Koch. As a classically trained artist he is able to compose music that is well structured and filled with the precision of working with that genre of music, but his many years spent writing and creating music that touches the hearts of listeners all around the world has opened up his compositional skills to new levels of depth that he seems more than willing to share with the listeners of each of his Real Music albums done over the years.

Remembering is a reassuring journey into the very essence of what makes each of us unique individuals who are one of a kind human beings. The fact that each of us shares the experience of being a unique individual is actually what makes the music on Remembering something that each of us will recognize as something that we share with other human beings, but at the same time completely original to our experiences of the world. The music on Remembering is very reflective and insightful and leads us down a path in our own soul that allows us to explore those distinctive aspects of our lives as brought to the surface through Koch’s sensitive compositions and skillful playing.

Remembering consists of thirteen marvelous compositions that run for 63 minutes and immerses the listener in memorable melodies that create a gentle and comfortable atmosphere that allows our memories to rise to the surface and flow into our consciousness. Hence, they can be “remembered” which, considering the title of this album, is exactly the effect that Koch was shooting for as he worked on this music. Koch has chosen to use a simple selection of instruments which includes piano, keyboards, flute and some very light percussion to add just a bit of highlights here and there.

One can imagine from the titles of the tracks alone how they represent some of the memories that we all have tucked away in our hearts and minds. “My Secret,” “First Flowers,” “Carefree Sunday,” and “Longing for Night in Summer” are only a few of the songs that will inevitably remind the listener of the joys of life and how those experiences never really leave us, but rather live on as memories so that we can bring them out again when some warm thoughts are required to brighten up our days. Koch’s music is light and airy for the most part, filled with sunshine. But Remembering also includes some thoughtful songs that lend themselves to more introspection allowing us to pondering the ebbs and flows of our lives.

It is obvious that Koch has mastered his craft and is able to translate his sentiments and feelings into compositions that inspire those same kinds of feelings in his listeners. He is a highly talented composer and musician and Remembering is a shining example of his artistry and dedication to creating music that is not only enjoyable to listen to, but also allows the listener to use it for more than just an entertaining experience. The sound quality is impeccable and this album certainly lives up to the standards that he has achieved through his previous releases for Real Music. One of my favorite songs on this album is called “Time of Innocence” and does indeed evoke that sense of time in our lives before the cares of life made it difficult to remember back to a period before everything became so complicated. It is the perfect example of what this album was meant to do in the mind of the listener. Recommended by Ambient Visions.

Kathy Parsons

Remembering is the seventh Real Music release from German pianist/composer Bernward Koch.  One of Real’s most popular and enduring artists, Koch has been creating graceful, uplifting music for several decades now, releasing albums on the label since 1998 (he released his debut, Flowing, in 1989). A classically-trained and internationally-loved artist, Koch’s music is always sweetly optimistic yet expressive and complex enough to keep it interesting with repeated plays. It creates a warm and soothing sonic atmosphere for a quiet dinner, reading, or simply relaxing since the music has no hard edges or abrupt changes. Koch composed, arranged, produced and performed all thirteen tracks and appears on piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, bass glockenspiel, cymbals, and gong. Koch’s wife, Christiane Bohm, a strong part of Koch’s signature sound, appears on flute. Christoph Koch appears on 12-string guitar, drums, and percussion, and Moritz Koch appears on electric guitar on the closing track.
 
Remembering begins with the title track, a gentle and bittersweet piece that sets the tone of the album to soft pastels and a delicate touch. “New Morning” expresses the optimistic possibilities of a fresh start as well as the stillness of daybreak. “My Secret” picks up the tempo a bit with subtle percussion and the magic of lightly tinkling bells. This is definitely a happy secret! The serene “Over the Fields” is my favorite track. It conveys the feeling of floating over a beautiful landscape, completely relaxed and safe. “Longing for Night in Summer” is a gorgeous piece that would seem very classical if it wasn’t performed on modern keyboards with ethereal as well as instrumental sounds — haunting and elegant.  The perfectly-titled “Time of Innocence” is light and carefree with gentle percussion, wordless vocals, piano and keyboard.  “First Flowers” expresses the magic of spring and nature’s annual rebirth. Simple yet heartfelt, I can visualize time-lapse photography of blossoms opening as I listen to this one. “Floating Feather” is another favorite — so relaxed and effortless! “Through the Universe” is an expansive beauty that is more fully-orchestrated with guitars, piano, keyboards, light percussion, and atmospheric sounds — a very smooth and expressive piece that bring the album to a peaceful close.
 
Bernward Koch continues his long and illustrious career with another charming and relaxing collection of original confections that will soothe the mind and uplift the spirit.  Recommended for quiet moments and de-stressing!

Chris Spector

New age keyboard ace Bernward Koch is the kind of cat that you can always give your ears and mind a nice coffee break with as his gentle works are a great place to hide away for a full album or just a track here and there. This set collects thirteen signature compositions from the tunesmith, each with its own flavor and style that still manage to hold together as a whole. Solid adult alternative listening from the musician that helped write the book on contemporary instrumental music. Well done throughout.

James McQuiston

“Remembering“ is the introductory track on Bernward Koch’s latest album, and it immediately draws listeners in with touching arrangement, punctual percussive elements, and collaboration between the distinct elements that creates something much greater than the constituent parts would indicate.
 
Koch hits an early height with “New Morning“, a composition that touches upon bright and darker components while possessing a coherent focus. Every note feels deliberately placed, a move that makes the six-plus minute run time of the arrangement go by quickly. The distinct movements that are utilized here create wholly different experiences for listeners, all while Koch’s talented hand tie together these disparate components into a cogent narrative.
 
“Longing for Night in Summer“ utilizes complex arrangements full of wonder to keep listener interest high during the middle register of Remembering. The pianos and keyboards here intertwine to create incredible depth and a veneer of whimsy. “A Gift Remembered“ changes things up as Koch creates a sound scape of loss and remembrance. The morose composition here straddles the line between sad and wistful feelings, and it is this duality that keeps listeners focused on what is to come through the remainder of Remembering.
 
“The Sunlit Hill“ speeds up the momentum and adds hints of sixties pop arrangements to Koch’s repertoire. The light percussion that is present here establishes the song as something wholly different from what has been heard so far during the album. “Through the Universe” is the final track on Remembering but has a great deal present to mull; there are hints of the previous efforts from the release just as much as there are brief hints of where Koch may go in releases to come.
 
Top Tracks:  “Longing for Night in Summer,” “A Gift Remembered”
Rating: 8.8/10