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The Purple Heart (improvisational solo piano)

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"The Purple Heart" is Isadar's 8th studio album (his 5th solo piano project.) 55 minutes of live, uninterrupted, improvisational, solo piano; sounds a lot like Keith Jarrett's "Köln Concert." This new edition has been remastered and contains new artwork as well as a 4-page booklet. Also available as player-piano software for the Yamaha Disklavier system and as a sheet music songbook. - Mainya Music

This album is a memorial and is dedicated to all the people who lost their lives senselessly on September 11, 2001 - Isadar

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The Purple Heart Isadar 2003 / Mainya Music Entertainment 55'43"

"The Purple Heart" is Isadar's solo piano tribute and memorial to the people who lost their lives in the 9/11/01 tragedy. Recorded as a 56-minute improvisation on 12/25/02, the music is thoughtful, somber, and quite elegant. There are actually thirteen pieces on the CD, but they segue into each other, making it difficult to tell where one song ends and another begins. This is very definitely NOT a problem, as the album unfolds naturally and organically, asking questions, looking inward, and expressing shock and grief. However, this is not music about only despair or rage. I also hear hope and determination as well as quiet reverence - the strange mix of emotions we all felt during those dark days. Titles include "From Cradle to Coffin," "Bravery," "Numb," "New York Skyline," and "Truth." Isadar has a wonderful way of wearing his heart on his musical sleeve, pouring deep emotion and heartfelt expression into his music. The music was recorded in one take, but rather than meandering all over the place, Isadar used recurring themes that make the work cohesive and consistent enough to hold together even after many listens. This is a very strong and passionate work, but it was recorded with a rather quiet voice which allows it to be very comfortable and soothing background music as well as evocative solo piano music for concentrated and focused listening. -- Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com, November 22, 2008

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mainya Music Entertainment
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000859OT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2010
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"The Purple Heart" is Isadar's solo piano tribute and memorial to the people who lost their lives in the 9/11/01 tragedy. Recorded as a 56-minute improvisation on 12/25/02, the music is thoughtful, somber, and quite elegant. There are actually thirteen pieces on the CD, but they segue into each other, making it difficult to tell where one song ends and another begins. This is very definitely NOT a problem, as the album unfolds naturally and organically, asking questions, looking inward, and expressing shock and grief. However, this is not music about only despair or rage. I also hear hope and determination as well as quiet reverence - the strange mix of emotions we all felt during those dark days. Titles include "From Cradle to Coffin," "Bravery," "Numb," "New York Skyline," and "Truth." Isadar has a wonderful way of wearing his heart on his musical sleeve, pouring deep emotion and heartfelt expression into his music. The music was recorded in one take, but rather than meandering all over the place, Isadar used recurring themes that make the work cohesive and consistent enough to hold together even after many listens. This is a very strong and passionate work, but it was recorded with a rather quiet voice which allows it to be very comfortable and soothing background music as well as evocative solo piano music for concentrated and focused listening. Check it out!
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Beautiful, thought provoking music. Each track with a different feel but still part of the same album. Really a must have for piano lovers and the tribute is felt in every note.
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