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Album Review: Intracoastal
Carol Comune
Cover image of the album Intracoastal by Carol Comune
Intracoastal
Carol Comune
1990 / Elegant Entertainment
37 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Intracoastal is the 1990 debut solo piano album by Carol Comune. In addition to composing and recording beautiful piano music, Comune is a very busy music educator who has created a library of interesting and rewarding teaching materials for piano students of all levels of advancement. She performs extensively on the East Coast as a soloist as well as a chamber musician and has been on the prestigious roster of Steinway Artists since 1997. Intracoastal is a collection of six piano solos, five of which are original. The sixth is “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst. Comune’s extensive training as a classical pianist is apparent in her music, which is elegant and graceful with the peaceful and relaxing elements of a more new age piano style. The music is beautifully-recorded with a warm, clear sound that is never too bright. This album makes a lovely backdrop for a cozy dinner or reading, but treat yourself by really listening to the beauty of the music and Ms. Comune’s expressive playing style.

Intracoastal begins with “Sentiments,” a piece that starts out in a lively and upbeat mood, swirling and spinning with joy. The second movement is quieter and more reflective - beautiful and graceful. For much of the piece, the two themes are interwoven, creating feelings of excitement as well as a peaceful contentment. “Intimate Evenings” is blissful and romantic with occasional little flourishes that could be a quickening heartbeat or the flickering of candlelight. “Whitecaps Under Moonlit Skies” has a gentle rhythm much like the ebb and flow of a calm ocean. I really love this piece and the way it sparkles as it soothes. “Sailing South” has a gentle energy yet feels lazy and relaxed. Gliding on smooth waters can be hypnotic, and that’s what I experience with this graceful piece. “Jupiter” is from the seven-movement orchestral suite The Planets by English composer Gustav Holst, arranged for solo piano. Comune imbues it with the same grace she gives her own music. “Wings on the Wind” brings this impressive debut to a dreamy close with my favorite piece on the album. Gently flowing while expressing a sense of freedom, this one really speaks to me.

Carol Comune’s music is available from her website as well as Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Recommended!
February 16, 2017
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