Bernward Koch is a well-respected German New Age/Ambient Artist. With eight albums to his credit, Silent Star shows off Koch's talent with keyboards, synthesizer and programming. These compositions are inspired by Otto Lilienthal, an inventor and "father of flight" that Koch has always admired. The tunes are light, almost shimmering in their appeal, with the piano melodies adding that special Koch magic that makes his works appealing. This CD has some very catchy melodies that stand out in the fourteen tracks that comprise this album. I really enjoyed the track She; it was gentle and very relaxed. Silent Star was reminiscent of classical piano pieces played in the great halls of old but gave a feeling of drifting and floating through an ambient sky. The Color of Spring was a bouncy and delightful composition that brings to mind daffodils and young children running in fields of spring flowers. This is an enjoyable work that will leave you feeling spirited and playful. The piano is never overpowered by the accompanying synth. Rather, it adds to the work, providing harmony and balance. While I love pure piano, this CD shows how electronic work can fill in and bring to the front exceptional piano work, especially from a very talented composer and pianist. Bernward Koch is one of our best contemporary New Age musicians, and this CD will add to your library of relaxing and pleasurable ambient collections. And if you love New Age piano, this CD was made for you. If you haven't tried Bernward Koch, this is a great introduction to the man and his work.