Friday, October 1, 2021

The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy By Darlene Koldenhoven


The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy


Darlene Koldenhoven

Written by

Steve Sheppard


Darlene Koldenhoven is one of those rare artists that when you hear of a new album is on the way, your excitement gets peaked and your mind eagerly awaits what you just know is going to be utter perfection, and thus she has done it again with her latest release, The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy.

Her style of a solo piano performance is one that is so endearing to the wider audience, her performances are always beautifully textured and warm in presentation, much like the opener from the new album entitled Radiance, the melody line from this song is a guaranteed hook, but one bathed in happiness and a tune you will replay in your mind all day long.

We are lucky enough to have 10 pristine compositions on an album that will bring us a hefty slice of peace and tranquillity, like another one of my personal favourites, the perfect piano bar piece in Lucidity, or the smooth musical tapestry of Love Eternal, whatever your mood, you will find something here.

There is even a mysterious moment of magic hidden deep in the album, entitled Black Swan. I used to live in a village where one of these beautiful creatures lived among the usual white variety, but listen carefully here, Koldenhoven doesn’t just create wonderful fluency on piano, she actually manifests the swans smooth and serene movements upon a still mirrored pool, this is simply stunning and deeply moving as well.

There can be no doubt that an album of this quality would be ideal for a spa location, the tranquil energy that flows from the final piece entitled Ancient Forest would be enough alone to birth a special moment of peace for you, and could well be the soundtrack for your entire day of paradise, it is also a piece that has an anthem like feel in its construction, and a classy conclusion to an album of such style and panache.

The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy by Darlene Koldenhoven is a beautifully elegant new solo piano based album, its confidence pours over the body, and its flamboyance drizzles unbridled joy and pleasure over the senses, this is an album that has a consistent smoothness to its production, and a performance, which will leave the listener, chilled, relaxed and floating on a sea of utter bliss.

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