Waltz Of The Asparagus People

Waltz Of The Asparagus People

The solo piano compositions on this recording correspond to the stories by Robin Meloy Goldsby from her book, Waltz of the Asparagus People. Available in both English and German (Walzer der Spargelmenschen), Goldsby s lyrical stories reveal the trials and triumphs of an expatriate musician s life, as she connects her music to family, friends, and home, past and present.

Album Reviews:

This, in my opinion, is one of the best contemporary solo piano albums of the year. Robin Meloy Goldsby’s playing is delicate and flawless, whether she is playing covers of well-known piano works (such as Yiruma’s “River Flows in You” and the “Theme from Romeo and Juliet”) or her own compositions. Although the album was designed as a companion to Goldsby’s recent memoir by the same title, you do not have to read the book to enjoy the album (though I encourage you to do so, as it is tremendously entertaining). I loved all the pieces on the album, but the stand-out track, in my opinion, is her variation on the gorgeous piece by Yann Tiersen, “Comptine d’un autre ete”, from the movie “Amelie.” I’m not quite sure how, but Goldsby manages to take what was already an achingly beautiful piece of music and make it even more beautiful, adding layers of complexity and a completely new bridge. The first time I listened to it I was struck by the thought, “Whoa! This is really different!”–then I found myself punching the repeat button on my iPod. Over and over. I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. Goldsby has a distinctive style that is evident on that piece and all the other tracks on the album, possessing a delicacy of touch that nonetheless conveys a strong sense of melody. The end result is a set of memorable pieces that avoids the blandness seen in too much of new age music. If you like contemporary pianists such as Yiruma, David Nevue, David Lanz, and the O’Neill Brothers, I think you will enjoy this album greatly. –Amazon Vine Reviewer, Monica Kern (Review of MP3 Album)

This CD is in constant rotation in my office. Goldsby is able to coax complicated emotion from the piano; the music here is at once gentle and heartbreaking. Her playing style is incredibly relaxed, confident and soulful. I was lucky enough to have heard a few of these pieces in their early incarnations such as “The Tattooed Bride” and “Pour Monsieur” and to hear where these gems have landed is extremely gratifying. Still playful, they now have a maturity and grace that makes them incredibly enjoyable listen after repeated listen. In addition to her composing talents, Robin Meloy Goldsby is also a terrific arranger. You will not find prettier arrangements of Yiruma’s “A River Flows Through You” or “Feather” (the theme from Forrest Gump). Embellishments are perfect, timely and expertly played, never excessive. This recording, on a Steinway grand, is clear and true. I think you will find yourself hitting the “repeat” button as well. –Robin Spielberg

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