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Album Review: Synfonia
Joe Bongiorno
Cover image of the album Synfonia by Joe Bongiorno
Joe Bongiorno
2015 / Piano Haven
46 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Synfonia is a collection of ten of pianist/composer Joe Bongiorno’s piano solos fully orchestrated by fellow pianist/composer Doug Hammer. Bongiorno dedicated this album to his father, and his music takes on a completely new dimension with symphonic instrumentation. Hammer has done a masterful job of enhancing Bongiorno’s music without overpowering the beautiful piano sound Bongiorno is so well-known for. The collection includes one new piece called “Love’s Light,” a tender love song that will elicit many deep sighs; the other nine are new versions of pieces previously released as piano solos. Even with full orchestration, the music is sweet, mellow, and very soothing. It is a delight to listen to it with full concentration or as lovely background music while doing something else. I loved listening to it in the car and was amazed at how quickly I reached my destination! Longtime fans of Joe Bongiorno’s music will find much to enjoy in this album, hearing fresh interpretations of some old favorites chosen from five of Joe’s albums; new fans are in for a real treat! All ten pieces are excellent, but my own favorites are “Melancholy Morning,” “Love’s Light,” “Walk With Me,” “A Candlelight Waltz,” and “Once a Child.” Synfonia is available from www.solopianomusic.com, Amazon, and iTunes. Very highly recommended!
March 29, 2015
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