Season of Peace
A Christmas flute based album is a rare thing, so when I
noted that the release Season Of Peace
had landed upon my desk for review I was over joyed, Cornell Kinderknecht has a rare, but wonderful talent for making
the flute sing to the heart, and on this Christmas collection, he once again
does just that.
The arrangement of We
Three Kings is something to treasure, the pristine qualities of this track
alone are so redolent of this time of year, and one that paints a perfect
picture in the mind’s eye, the combination of piano and flute work
symbiotically here to bring great musical joy.
A total classic is up next as we explore the artist’s version
of The First Noel, the charming
energy created here is quite blissful, and the piano explores a strategy of
arrangements that is so appealing, so much so, that it was one of my personal
favourites off the album.
There was a beautiful intensity about the mid-way piece
entitled Huron Carol, Kinderknecht
allows his flute to flutter through the forests and across the snow filled
landscapes with this utterly transcendent composition, one that also cleverly
retains a slight Celtic influence
within as well.
We now move to an incredibly well known carol, and one that
you can no doubt sing along with too, of course I am referring to O Holy Night; the lightness and cheer
filled reverie here is palpable and deeply enjoyable too.
Our penultimate offering is the Coventry Carol; Kinderknecht’s flute adds an almost haunting
quality to the composition, and now you have indeed arrived at my personal
favourite off the album. For me the artist has crossed three major genres here,
and succeeded in bringing us a quality arrangement of a classic, with Native
flute, a slight Celtic influence, and even a little renascence too, all in the
mix of a fabulous offering.
The last quality presentation is the artists own piece
entitled Winter Blue, now as a
keyboardist myself I adore the electronic piano, it is so emotive, so naturally,
when you add the flute into the mix, the result is a masterful weave of
Season of Peace by Cornell Kinderknecht is a very classy multi-instrumental album that
has been manifested into reality from an artist who clearly is in touch with
his winter musical muse. The flute is crisp and clear and its partnership with
the keyboards adds a beautiful balance to the whole project, one that is
refreshing and accessible to all.