Dawn of Love
2019 / Christopher Boscole Music
Review by Kathy Parsons
Dawn of Love is pianist/composer Christopher Boscole’s twelfth album since 1986 and is a fascinating collection of original and classical pieces, medleys, film music and couple of pop songs. Recorded on a 9’ Steinway D grand piano, all fifteen tracks are solo piano. Boscole is an unusually versatile musician and composer who excels in the new age, jazz, contemporary instrumental, classical and pop music genres - something that is very evident in this album. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Boscole has been living and sailing in Hawaii for the past several years and explores creative relationships between nature, sailing adventures, photography and music through multi-media concerts and videos. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Master of Music in Studio Music and Jazz, and a Masters in Teaching degree.
Dawn of Love begins with the title track, an original piece by Boscole. I find it interesting that the melody is rather simple and calm but the accompaniment has an energetic flow that gives the music a peaceful kind of electricity. Listen to it - I think you’ll hear what I mean. Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy” from his 9th Symphony comes next. Originally an orchestral work, this is obviously Boscole’s arrangement. Both classical and contemporary, it exudes bright optimism. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is another well-known classical piece and there are many piano arrangements of it, but Boscole gives it his own special touch. “A Time For Us,” the theme to the 1968 movie version of Romeo and Juliet, has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Boscole emphasizes the beauty of the melody, keeping the left hand fairly simple - a lovely arrangement! “Simply You” is the other Boscole original and is one of my favorite tracks. Heartfelt and very sincere, there is an intimacy in the music that feels deeply personal and in-the-moment. I also love “Walking In the Air” from the 1982 film, The Snowman, and Boscole’s arrangement is light yet gently poignant. “Amazing Daisy” combines “Amazing Grace” and “Bicycle Built For Two,” one of the more unusual juxtapositions I’ve encountered in a medley! The pieces fit together and the medley works seamlessly - it’s just an odd combination and I’m sure it’s played with a smile! Liszt’s “Consolation #3 in Db Major” is expressively and sensitively played - always a favorite! “You Are Everything” is a gorgeous arrangement of The Stylistics’ 1971 hit. The original melody is there, but this solo piano version is completely different from the “golden oldie.” I remember the original song well, but this version is amazing with flowing broken chords that shimmer elegantly and magically - also a favorite! The next several pieces are classical with some played pretty much as written and others more arranged: “To A Wild Rose” by MacDowell, “The Swan” by Saint-Saens, the Bach-Gounod “Ave Maria,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and the Christmas hymn “Angels We Have Heard On High,” all played beautifully. The album closes with a wonderful arrangement of “Time to Say Goodbye” that is sure to touch your heart.
Dawn of Love is one of Christopher Boscole’s best albums to date and is available from Amazon, Apple Music and CD Baby as well as many streaming sites.
September 8, 2019