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Album Review: Vast
Thad Fiscella
Cover image of the album Vast by Thad Fiscella
Thad Fiscella
2008 / Thad Fiscella
54 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Vast is pianist/composer Thad Fiscella’s solo piano follow-up to his debut, “Grand Design,” and what a beautiful second album it is! Created with relaxation and meditation in mind, Fiscella’s music becomes a musical massage for the spirit without ever becoming simplistic or resorting to ear candy. A composer from a young age with a solid background in classical music, Fiscella blends a wealth of experience with deep emotion, creating a distinctive sound that is accessible to all yet complex enough for a more discerning ear.

Vast begins with “Adorn,” a sunny, upbeat piece with a gentle energy that sets the tone for the album. “Angel Kisses” is sweet and tender, overflowing with love. “Ivory Hymn” has a quiet, pensive grace that captivates as it soothes. “Gentle Whisper” is one of my favorites. A bit less structured than some of the pieces, it seems to flow from deep within - reflective yet comforting. “Evenscene” has a gentle motion underlying a soft-spoken melody - another beauty! “Opalescence” is more free-form, shimmering in the light as the title implies - graceful and elegant. “Child In My Arms” is my favorite on this album. A sense of joy mixed with the awe one feels while holding an innocent child comes through the tender notes of the music. I’m reminded of Debussy’s approach to playing the piano as though it has no hammers - Fiscella has that kind of velvet touch. My other favorite is the closing track, “When Leaves Fall.” Wistful and melancholy, this is a deeply emotional musical soliloquy where only heartfelt truths are spoken - stunning!

Vast could very well be on my Favorites list for 2009. I give it my highest recommendation for solo piano music for relaxation - it’s a beauty! It is available from www.thadfiscella.com and iTunes.
April 29, 2009
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