Mysterious Eve (single)
2021 / PCM
Review by Kathy Parsons
"Mysterious Eve" is the fifth in a series of solo piano singles by Peter Calandra. He is releasing two singles per month, and the artistry and variety of musical styles are more than impressive. If you aren't familiar with Peter and his music, this is a wonderful way to get acquainted with it a little bit at a time. From piano blues to the more ambient/contemporary classical style of "Mysterious Eve," Calandra proves himself to be at the top of his compositional game as well as a compelling pianist. Making the project even more personal, Peter took the photos for the cover artwork of several of the singles, including this one. Quoting him: "'Mysterious Eve' is the Skytop Tower up at the Mohonk Mountain House. You can see that from our bedroom window when there are no leaves on the trees, like right now! We are not as close as the shot i took here but it is easily visible from our house."
"Mysterious Eve" begins simply and very quietly, setting a peaceful yet mysterious atmosphere. As the piece progresses, it gradually becomes more complex - with much of the right hand dancing from the mid-range to the upper end of the piano and the left down in the deep bass. The piece ends with a flurry of notes and then trails off. Atmospheric and very beautiful, you can almost feel a nighttime chill in the air and see the stars sparkling in the night sky!
"Mysterious Eve" and the other singles in the series are available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming sites like Spotify. Highly recommended!
January 3, 2022