A Time for Ana
204 / CS Bezas
Review by Kathy Parsons
C.S. Bezas’ debut CD, A Time for Ana, is subtitled “for all children who have yet to experience spring.” The ten piano solos were designed to “slow the heart and increase relaxation” for both adults and children. With a few exceptions, the pace of the music is relaxed and the mood is peaceful. Gently melodic, the CD can melt into the background or be a focus for letting go of stress or going to sleep. All of the pieces are original except “How Gentle,” which was composed by Hans G. Nageli.
The opening track, “Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No,” has one theme that sounds like a children’s song that follows the words in the title. A second theme is a bit darker, illustrating the ups and downs of life. The title song is a wistful and dreamy little piece - very simple and expressive. “Summer Rain” is delicate and a bit more abstract, but very soothing. “A River To Cross” is the one very dark piece on the album, but I really like it. Beginning with feelings of despair and fear, the first part of the piece dwells in the deep bass of the piano. The notes go into the mid-range and higher registers of the piano as resolution takes place, and end with a nice major chord - a very dramatic and interesting piece! “Rachel’s Lullaby” and “Adam-ondi-Ahman” are about as gentle and peaceful as it gets - refreshing! “Forever, My Love” is a favorite. Melodic with a simple accompaniment on the left hand, this piece exudes contentment and tranquility in the first half and is more passionate in the second half, ending with a gentle smile. “Time Will Tell” closes the CD with hope and optimism. Thoughtful and reflective, it’s a beautiful ending to a lovely CD. 5% of the proceeds from this album will be donated to The Smile Train, which provides free cleft palate surgeries around the world.
A Time for Ana is very effective in creating a soothing environment for unwinding, thinking, or just being.
April 20, 2005