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PIANO PEARLS: Oscar Kowalski, Zir Bijou, Kjell Sønksen.

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

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Oscar Kowalski reaches us from France with a piano composition soaked in class and serenity, entitled "L'ombre du Chat". Playfully positive, though not in a silly way, like a wise, understanding grandparent the piece evokes feeling of safety, homeliness and belonging. Beautifully produced and recorded and charmingly brief - a winner in the category without a doubt:

Also French-themed, although reaching us from America, "Snow In Paris" by Zir Bijou was an obvious choice from early bars. It takes character and skill to put together an up-tempo composition and not make it feel hasty, which is exactly what the composer has achieved in this piece. Not for one bar did I feel like the rather fast melody has overloaded my senses. On the contrary, it painted a series of magnificent images in my head and allowed me to enjoy them too:

Blissfully enclosing this Piano Pearls edition is a recent release by Kjell Sønksen entitled "Oldtown". Recorded in my favorite style with close-micing the piano, the piece presents itself as an instrumental tale, somewhat melancholic but recalling only the best of the good memories, thus steering the listener away from feelings of sadness or the like.

An absolute stunner, more of that please:


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