There are moments in time when you really need to be lifted
into a better frame of mind and sometimes, just sometimes, it will be music
that will help you get there, this was the case for me this sombre Monday
morning in March, when the refrains of the quite tranquil, yet deeply pleasing
album entitled Serenata by Gregg Karukas lifted my mood and raised
Gregg’s slice of piano heaven is a jam packed 15 track album
of beautiful layered and textured offerings, that are all undeniably lush and
beautiful. The opening piece is a fine example of that charm, as we can enjoy
the first footsteps of the album with the warm and all-embracing opener Travessia.
My personal favourite from the release would be the title
track Serenata, the lightness of
performance and the melody together for me was a touch of magic from beyond the
supposed limits of brilliance, and reminded me greatly of classic David Lanz at times.
With emotive and thoughtful offerings like Better Days or the colourful refrains
of pieces like O Cantador, this
album was always going to be a hit from start to finish; those who love to sit
and bathe within the realms of a collection of a solo piano master class will
love tracks like the touching and classy
Historia Antiga, or perhaps the gentle and serene offering known as Lament (Final Embrace), a piece with a sombre,
but reflective and emotional composition, one that will touch the musical heart
Serenata by Gregg Karukas is a fine collection of wondrous solo piano
compositions, it is a musical tale told by one, to be felt, touched and
listened to by many.
No less than 15 opportunities lay within the dimension of piano heaven, and each one of them can be sampled willingly many times over, this timeless manifestation of heartfelt moments of solo piano genius, have raised the bar in the ranks of this genre by a mile, and as such should be a huge hit for the artist should there be any justice left in this musical world of ours.