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Album Review: Signature
Steven C.
Cover image of the album Signature by Steven C.
Steven C.
2007 / Steven C. Music
43 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Signature is a beautiful collection of fifteen original piano solos by Steven C. (Anderson). An established and respected recording artist who has sold well over two million records, performed with Mannheim Steamroller, and whose music has been used extensively on television, Steven states that although you might not be familiar with his name, you have heard his music. (I heard it sending greeting cards from virtualflorist.com!!!) Recorded on an incredible Bosendorfer grand piano, the sound quality of the album is as clear, clean, and expressive as the music itself. Accessible without becoming simplistic, the graceful, uplifting melodies will appeal to those who love the soothing, emotional quality of the piano. There are no virtuoso pyrotechnics here, but that would ruin the mood! I hope that Signature is the first of a series of solo piano recordings, as this is already one of my favorite CDs of 2008.

The title tune opens the CD and establishes a mood of ease and reflection. Bringing images of a romantic slow dance or maybe watching a sunset, this is the beginning of a great CD. “Daybreak” paints a picture of the warmth and optimism of a new day. From the relaxed pace, this must be a weekend morning! “Deep Within” is one of my favorites. A little darker and more intense, it reminds me of some of David Lanz’s music - truth from the piano. “Miracles” is a lovely ode to the wonder and awe of the unexpected - gentle but very powerful. “Meeting Of the Souls” is another favorite. Mysterious but also very playful, there are several themes that intertwine, perhaps representing the various souls meeting on the common ground of the music. “Scenes From Summit” returns to the dark side with a melancholy piece that comes from the heart. Deeply emotional and completely honest, I really love this one. “Hopeful” gracefully expresses the feeling of cautious optimism that is hope. “’Til Death Do Us Part” is a tender love song without words. “Journey of the Golden Rule” is another favorite, this one lighthearted and innocent, with the opening and closing theme slightly reminiscent of “The Feather Theme” from “Forrest Gump” (more in spirit than in the sound of the piece). It gives a gentle closing that leaves you wishing the CD wouldn’t end.

Signature is the first of Steven C.’s recordings that I have heard, and I am more than impressed with the expressive nature of his music and the beauty of his melodies. Check it out at stevencmusic.com, cdbaby.com, and iTunes. Highly recommended!
March 17, 2008
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