There can only be one pianist, who through the ages has
consistently produced quality album, after quality album, one man whose
attention to infinite details of performance and musical structure cannot be
matched, and one man whose love of really good music has shone a beacon of
beauty through every willing listeners musical windows, that man is David Lanz and 37 years on since Heartsounds, we have his latest offering
Water Sign, an album which is about to
take the solo piano world by storm.
The first tentative footsteps within this release can be
taken by following the bright and effervescent enthusiasm of the opening piece,
My Aphrodite. This is a song so very
close to the heart of the artist and myself, as we both share two things in
common, our lives on the island of love, and our own Aphrodite. This is the
perfect performance on piano for us to set sail and truly enjoy the journey
The charm with which Lanz plays has had me spell bound for
some years now, and if we listen carefully to the crafted tones and the care
and attention to detail on the piece Sol
Dance, we can see why. Here lies a clever offering, a little reflection,
but the overall energies of a summers day unfolding into the realities of our
lives is easy to visualise here.
The fluency of an artist of David Lanz’s standard is of course something to both admire and
respect, when you listen to a blissfully serene offering like Ponte del Amante, it is easy to see
why he has such a massive reputation, and a vast well of admiration from other
musicians, this is a very romantic composition, and perhaps one filled with a
hope of love, and bridges that may need to be crossed along the way; a truly
remarkable offering indeed.
The trickle down beginning on Angels Falling set the scene perfectly, the following melody and
sublime flow on this deeply attractive arrangement was something incredibly
artful and picturesque, and dropped into the mix a delicate sense of reverie
too, and as I contemplated the tone and timbre, I was once more entranced by
what is a film score standard composition.
Now we take a journey within a journey as the next 6 pieces
form part of what is known as the Water
Sign Suite, the powerful and full flowing Wonder Wave starts this secondary sojourn off with the artist, one
that creates lush musical currents and drifts into the eddies of Raindancer Returns, a piece that
contains such delicacy, and a wonderfully melodic and pristine performance as
Being born under a water sign myself it would come as no
surprise that I adore rivers, something we do not have in abundance in Cyprus. As Rivers Flow is a confident dance between emotions, refrains of
happiness and sadness can be found here, with a little touch of Cristofori into
the weave for good measure too.
The astrological energies of this album have not gone
unnoticed, and are exemplified further with one of the most stunning songs off
the album entitled The Water Bearer.
This Aquarian delight is a work of genius, boarding on the lines of the
classical and possibly even soundtrack in style, but as always that deft Lanz
pause and performance, guides the track to its classy conclusion.
This pure stream of musical wizardly continues with the charm
filled and wonderfully warm opus of Moonlight
Lake. This is a timeless composition of a glistening radiance and one to
just float with whilst looking up at the night sky perhaps; this is one of
those peaceful moments of a performance on piano you simply never want to end.
Our last stretch of water to be navigated is entitled Neptune Dancing and ends this proud and
graceful 6 part suite. There is a mysterious mood built in here that is
wonderfully compelling and addictive to listen to, one that retains a sense of
a deep mood, built with true Lanz mastery is more than it seems, the energy is
increased to manifest an almost pop styled classic, one that perfectly sums up
the proceedings tracks that make up this amazing suite, please also listen to
the very end of this track, and yes I mean the very end.
There are times when you hear something special, and every
inch of your musical senses screams at you and yells, that you have just heard
something that will always be remembered and forever played through time, and
this is what I feel now as I wander through the hallowed halls of the heartfelt
opus entitled If I Could Write A Million
Songs, I would have to add in brackets to the title “And If I had, I would write them all for you” this will become a
Lanz anthem, and a much cherished moment of musical magic for sure.
Helen Anaïs is our next port of call as we swim
forever deeper within the realms of the album; Anais which I believe can trace
its origins back to the word Grace could be very well named indeed, the
graceful intent of this piece is like touching a fine crystal goblet and
experiencing the resonance, this is a sublimely delicate, but poignant piece by
Our penultimate piece off the album is entitled My Little Moonbeams and has such a
sweet childlike energy to its textures, with elements of movement and dance,
one can almost detect a slight hint of Beatles within this composition to,
which is very classy indeed. Lanz plays here with his heart on his sleeve, in a
moment of pure gratitude and unabashed love.
So we are here, we can now dock our musical boat and prepare
to leave this jetty of sound, but before we do so we can enjoy the last gift
from the artist and it is entitled Lover's
Waltz, there is an interesting segue from the last track to this piece that
I found fascinating, and one bathed in a wonderfully complete blissful reverie
Water Sign by David Lanz is the album we all needed so desperately to lift us out
of 2020 and into the arms of hope in something better. Lanz keeps moving onward
and upward, his creational genius is unbound, and his masterful performances on
the piano must have been what Cristofori was dreaming about. Water Sign is an album that is packed
with such emotion, passion, and tenderness, and has to be one of the most
honest performances on an album I have heard for ages.