Oboe as the principal instrument sounded like it could be kind of awful, but it is instead rather awesome! All of the nine tracks are ensemble works that include piano, keyboards, guitar, vocals, and strings, but Walder’s oboe sings with and soars above them all in a marvelous mix.” —Solo Piano Publications
“Rarely does an album featuring oboe as the lead instrument land on my desk…a pure sound reminding me of carefree summer childhood days spent blowing on a piece of reed. Exquisite playing both joyous and tender, this music speaks a language I have so yearned to hear. From the first notes there was never another title considered, referred to from day one as Pure Joy.” —Terence Yallop, President, Real Music
“With Kern, the message is pretty simple — beautiful, spiritual melodies that relax and inspire. Not overly challenging but absolutely beautiful.” — Jonathan Widran, The All Music Guide
Kevin’s highly successful debut album, In the Enchanted Garden, has become an international classic. His beautiful piano playing again captivates us, this time complemented by the exquisite oboe and English horn playing of Paul McCandless. With the simple elegance of a contemporary Chopin, Kevin’s melodies effortlessly unfold glorious images of the enchantment which beckons from Beyond the Sundial.
Once upon a time there was Zen World — or how to slip into a pool of peace and serenity and get away from it all. On this new CD, characterized by its femininity, universality and grace, Thierry David opens the gateway to this world. The music is sweetly and sensitively enhanced in voice by four talented singers from Latin America, Asia and Europe for an incomparable moment of relaxation.
Zabuca (Shake up) is the perfect title for this infectious fourth album from one of the few real masters of the Spanish guitar. Zabuca burns with passionate and festive Latin joy, from the jubilant and brassy “La Cabañita” to the seductive and whimsical “La Rumbita.” The traditional-minded “Guayabera” combines Santanaesque groove with some of Johannes’ most heartfelt finger styling. The soft-spoken “Eleni” conveys his sweet, romantic side, while the two-part suite “Echoes of the Forest” combines meditative classical moods with the modern happy nouveau flamenco experience. For aficionados of nouveau flamenco music at its most lushly romantic, dust off the mariachis and prepare to shake it up with Zabuca!