Album Notes Award-winning composer and pianist Danaë Xanthe Vlasse offers a collection of new works for piano in the style of the great 19th century Romantic tradition. Each type of piece seeks a different sort of experience, from feeling simple moments of quiet pleasure to great prolonged adventures full of contrasting moods. The three “Fantaisies” are grandest in scope and tell epic stories of emotional battles such as succumbing to madness, facing the unknown, defying death and overcoming great internal obstacles. The “Nocturnes” seek to explore different night-time landscapes; some are quite serene while others are more imposing. The “Petite Valses” were all conceived as little lullabies. And finally the three “Préludes” celebrate scenes of daily life, each one inspired by a different mood.
Danaë Xanthe Vlasse has been praised by critics and audiences for her neo-Romantic writing, which has been described as “a current of old-world tension and modern angst.” Critics have also praised her patient and regimented approach to composition as “crafted with absolute depth and emotional presence.” Mrs. Vlasse’s native France is a clear influence in her harmonic language and melodic ideas, while her Greek heritage guides her Classical approach to structure with balanced form and carefully measured phrases. Mrs. Vlasse lives in Los Angeles, where she is engaged in music-making with the finest musicians of Southern California, and she also collaborates with musicians and other composers from all over the world.
Track #2 on this album is now a Music Video!!