Ireland - An Orchestral Portrait (single)
2022 / playMountain Music, LLC
Review by Kathy Parsons
"Ireland: An Orchestral Portrait" is the first fully-orchestrated piece from pianist/composer Robin Spielberg, and is the first single from her upcoming (2023) album of orchestrated works. "Ireland" first appeared as a piano solo on Robin's 1993 debut album, Heal of the Hand, almost thirty years ago, and has always been one of my favorites. Orchestrated by Louis Anthony deLise (an exceptional pianist/composer in his own right!), both Robin and Louis did the arranging. The piece was recorded by the Budapest Scoring Orchestra with Robin on piano. This is actually the third version of "Ireland" - the second was on Robin's 2004 solo piano Memories of Utopia album. All three are wonderful, and it just keeps getting better!
"Ireland: An Orchestral Portrait" begins with a solo piano intro that sets the tone of the piece, gradually adding symphonic and traditional Celtic instrumentation as it unfolds. It's quite an amazing project and one that I highly recommend!
There is a stunning video with breathtaking footage of Ireland on YouTube as well as the single. "Ireland: An Orchestral Portrait" is available on Amazon, Apple/iTunes and many streaming sites including Spotify. A standing ovation is in order for Robin Spielberg and Louis Anthony deLise!
September 8, 2022