'Simple Gifts' Aaron Copland
10 September 2012, 13:16
A haunting album of relaxing modern piano classics from minimalist pianist Alexis Ffrench. Classic FM Drive, Featured Album - 10th September 2012
Flowing piano tunes, quiet musical optimism, and moments of peace and tranquility - the word 'relaxing' is often overused, but Alexis Ffrench's gorgeous new album is the perfect antidote to a stressful afternoon. Uplifting titles like Hope and and Pure can only partially summarise the beautifully simple music, leaving room for the listener to experience the magic for themselves.
The quiet jazzy mood behind I'll Fly Away and the laid-back musical raindrops in Truth Vibrations all contribute to the album's improvisatory feel, and add to the sense of serenity. This British minimalist pianist deserves a place alongside iconic solo piano composers like Ludovico Einaudi or Michael Nyman.
It's a gem of an album, with each carefully crafted piece offering a soothing oasis of calm in a busy day.