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Pianissimo III is the third in the series of Suzanne Ciani's best-selling solo piano albums, featuring 15 original compositions.
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Lovely album. If you're into beautiful contemporary piano music, Suzanne Ciani's Pianissimo albums are the best!
The rest of the Pianissimo series is fantastic too - and I do also recommend Silver Ship, which despite having other instruments is not "junky" at all.
An interesting little tidbit is that when Suzanne's "Dream Suite" album came out in 1994, I wrote to her to tell her how much I loved "Sogno Agitato" and how I hoped it would be in her next songbook. She patiently explained to me that she had written that piece as an orchestral work, and really couldn't see it as a solo piece at all. She did a workshop for my students not long after that, and I requested that she play "Sogno Agitato". She explained to the group that it wasn't written as a solo, but she would play what she had played with the orchestra. It was wonderful!!!! I bugged her several more times about wanting to be able to play that piece, and was absolutely delighted when she included it in her "Turning" songbook. It has gone on to become a favorite of my more advanced students, and it was a thrill to have one of my students play "Sogno Agitato" for Suzanne last fall.
A few of the other of the fifteen pieces in this collection are not what I would call all-time favorites. However, most of the songs are excellent, and some are great, so I strongly recommend "Pianissimo III"!
For some reason Pianissimo III did not initially grab me the way the first two albums did. Perhaps because a few of the pieces in mid-album are a bit mechanical and awkward. But the more I listen to If I Could and Pretend the more I realize that this album contains some of her best work. The kind of music that stands up to repeated listening and never fails to create satifying trains of thought in my often harried mind.
Ciani has a very fine playing style - clean yet complex. Her classical musicianship is always lurking just below the surface. Technical brlilliance coupled with a fine melodic sense is what it takes to make the grade for a player/composer. Listen carefully to the improvisation work laced through Celtic Nights and you'll see what I mean.