Communion

January 1, 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2003
  • Label: Ralph Zurmühle
  • Copyright: 2003 Ralph Zurmühle
  • Total Length: 53:07
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  • ASIN: B0013R810K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,131 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sophie C on November 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Ralph's music on Whisperings (Live365) and everytime one of his pieces was played, I would come to the computer to see who on earth the composer was! It kept turning out to be Ralph Zurmuhle. I just fell in love with this music! Pure, pristine...elegant. I whole-heartedly recommend any of his 3 albums. All of them are simply beautiful. These pieces are wonderfully mature and seem to me full of an aware consciousness, a spiritual impulse. After one of his compositions comes to an end, I consistently find that I am left sitting in a place of quiet, inner stillness. Balance is everything and I think perhaps one thing I find so appealing (besides the elegance of the melodic lines) is Ralph's intuitive balancing of the right notes (in the right place!) with the requisite, echoing silence to create a perfect alchemy. ahhh! beautiful! It is wonderful to have these deep breaths written into the fabric of the notes.

I seldom write reviews, and when I do, it is because I find something to be particularly special.
Hope this review will encourage anyone to listen to, and collect, the music of this artist.
Sophie C.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
"Communion" is the second of three mostly solo piano CDs by Swiss-born pianist/composer Ralph Zurmuhle. Like his other two recordings, this one is absolutely stunning for its beauty, honesty, and passion. Much of the music is quiet and understated, but when a piece requires speed, dexterity, or power, Zurmuhle's effortless virtuosity shines through every time. I listen to hundreds of piano CDs every year, and it's amazing how obvious it is when an artist really "has it." Ralph Zurmuhle is one of those few who keep the barre raised for other pianists and who keep reviewers like me smiling. This is deeply personal music that comes straight from the heart. It works as relaxing background music, but is sublime to listen to with full attention.

"Communion" begins with "A Fairy Tale," a classically-styled piece that is gentle and bittersweet. Some of the melody is played in the treble registers of the piano, suggesting lightness and innocence; in other parts, the right hand crosses over to play the melody in the bass, giving the piece weight. A middle section is more improvised and free, then it returns to the original theme. What a beauty! "Sublime Moments" is serenity set to music and played with a velvet touch. "The Train" picks up the pace with energy and enthusiasm. Ralph obviously enjoys traveling by train! If I had the difficult task of picking a favorite piece on this CD, it would be "The Ocean Beyond Time." A more soulful and passionate piece would be hard to find. Sometimes delicate and fragile and sometimes strong and powerful, this is a piece that makes my fingers itch to play it! At just under eight minutes, it evolves organically and without rushing - incredible! "Alone" is minimalism at its most beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia E. Parry on October 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. When one of Ralph's pieces comes on the air (I listen to Whisperings Solo Piano), I drop what I'm doing and simply listen. ...because this is solo piano at its best. I have listened over and over to all three of Ralph's CDs (more coming I hope!), each of them is an absolute gem...cannot recommend these highly enough (need more stars! :))

This is pure, focused music...Ralph knows how to embrace stillness; every note is perfectly and consciously placed. As a result something deep inside inevitably responds. I find it transformative and transcendent. Can't think of a higher compliment than that! Thank you Ralph, I wish the whole world could sit down and have a listen...!

n.b. Ocean Beyond Time...ahhh!! : )
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Ralph Zurmuhle's music is refined and sophisticated. His music is a tender expression of deeply meaningful moments of life; reflections of a sensitive, gentle spirit. His music creates peace, wonderment, and personal contemplation. His pieces make me pause and listen to them over and over stretching for that deeper place within where my soul and heaven meet. Highest recommendation!
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