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PIANO PEARLS: Julia Thomsen, Julie Hanney, Ash Forrest.

Piano Pearls is a handpicked collection of the finest solo piano performances, which rise above the many submissions that we get.

Before we enjoy some peaceful music, I would like to draw yours, dear reader, attention to the destructive, murderous evil unleashed by Putin on the free world. Ukraine is currently shielding the rest of the world with courage, but also - unfortunately - innocent blood. Blood of not only thousands of troops and grown civilians, but also infants - over 100 children dead and over 800 injured - to be more specific. We at MDWYS, encourage you to show all and any support you can, be it monetary or informative to our war-ridden brothers and sisters. Here are some links you may find useful:

Julia Thomsen is a name we are well acquainted with who takes the first spot on this week's Piano Pearls with a piano/string composition entitled "Touch". Elegant, brief and immersive, this piece of music proves just how essential piano is when it comes to making a memorable neoclassical arrangement:

Julie Hanney is an American pianist who's "Avec Toi" has spoken to me in volumes with its distinct waltz-like count and a complimenting melodic effort that is as heart-felt as is uplifting. Delivered with heaps of musical prowess the piece certainly hits my neoclassical spot and not just once:

Almost arrogantly comparable to the prior, "Dusk" by Ash Forrest - a pianist from UK - is a three-count driven piano poem, which too celebrates itself with an elaborate melodic effort.

Picky or not, this is going to speak to you:


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