CD Review: Peter Grabinger, Piano Works

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German pianist Peter Grabinger introduces his latest musical venture, “Piano Works,” set to release on December 8, 2023, under the Mons Records label. This album marks Grabinger’s inaugural solo release, featuring an eclectic mix of classical masterpieces, pop hits, jazz standards, and three original compositions. With “Piano Works,” Grabinger embarks on a diverse  journey, showcasing his remarkable versatility.

Peter Grabinger’s lifelong affair with music commenced at a tender age when he received his first piano lessons from his father at the age of four. His prodigious talent propelled him to become the youngest student in Germany to study under the tutelage of esteemed professors at prestigious institutions. Over the years, Grabinger’s illustrious career has seen him collaborate with a host of renowned artists and earn accolades for his musical prowess. His work as a music editor and producer for notable broadcasters has further solidified his standing in the industry.

The album opens with “Memories,” one of Grabinger’s three original compositions, which paints a vivid sonic canvas of a past summer in Italy, filled with love and longing. This track ingeniously melds elements of pop, soul, and jazz harmony, delivering a mesmerizing musical narrative that evokes the emotions of bygone summers. Following this, Grabinger offers an impressionistic interpretation of the theme from Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple,” originally composed by the legendary Quincy Jones. In this rendition, Grabinger immerses listeners in a deeply emotional and poignant performance that traverses the intricate tapestry of human emotions, from joy and sorrow to hope, drama, and redemption.

The album continues its multifaceted journey as Grabinger delves into Maurice Ravel’s “Forlane” from “Le Tombeau de Couperin.” This composition, steeped in the French impressionistic style, is a harmonious masterpiece that conjures vivid imagery, with dancing goblins and ethereal elves gracefully weaving their tales through music.

Two compositions by Frédéric Chopin make their appearance, a composer with whom Grabinger shares a profound connection. “Minutenwalzer” (Op. 64 No. 1) and “Nocturne, Op. 27, No 1 Leghetto” receive Grabinger’s introspective treatment, offering a fresh perspective on these renowned piano pieces.

Diverse as ever, the album takes an unexpected turn with tracks by jazz composer and pianist Dave Grusin. Grabinger pays homage to Grusin’s enduring influence with renditions of “It Might Be You” and “Memphis Stomp,” showcasing his prowess as a versatile performer who navigates different musical terrains with ease. The album’s breadth is further underscored by Grabinger’s rendition of R Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and the timeless jazz standard “Autumn Leaves.” These tracks unveil Grabinger’s ability to breathe new life into familiar melodies, infusing them with his unique musical sensibilities.

The album concludes with two deeply personal compositions by Grabinger, “November” and “Edi (for Dad).” These pieces are a testament to Grabinger’s ability to infuse his music with emotion and sentiment, paying tribute to his late father and conveying a profound sense of nostalgia and love.

With “Piano Works,” Peter Grabinger masterfully combines his wealth of experience and artistic vision to create an album that seamlessly transcends genres. His ability to breathe fresh life into music from diverse styles ensures that “Piano Works” will resonate with a broad spectrum of music enthusiasts. The album is available on CD and all streaming platforms and launches on December 8, 2023, via Mons Records.

Peter Grabinger, piano

Track Listing:
1. Memories Of Love | 2. Color Purple | 3. Forlane | 4. Minutenwalzer | 5. Nocturne | 6. I Believe I Can Fly | 7. Memphis Stomp | 8. It Might Be You | 9. November | 10. Autumn Leaves | 11. Edi – For Dad

Release Date:8 December 2023
Format: CD | Streaming
Label: Mons Records

Last modified: December 9, 2023