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Richard Joo - Billy Joel Opus 1-10 Fantasies & Delusions Music for Solo Piano


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Total download size: 1.40GB Total play length: 1:16:16

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"For nearly a decade now, Billy Joel has devoted himself to writing instrumental classical music. The results heard on Fantasies & Delusions show the 'Piano Man' firmly rooted in Romanticism and short, expressive works that cover a range of moods. There are hints of Schumann and Chopin throughout the 10 solo piano compositions; Joel may wear his influences on his sleeve, but at least he has great influences. Some critics may scoff, but this is a solid debut--not a 'classical crossover' attempt filled with infectious pop melodies, but an impressive recording of new piano works played solidly by Richard Joo. As with his pop creations, Joel doesn't strive for the cutting-edge and he certainly doesn't traverse the depths of human emotions (though the 11-minute 'Soliloquy, Op.1' sounds a little overwrought). This is still a pleasant classical album that's infinitely listenable (and head and shoulders above recent 'classical' works penned by Paul McCartney and other pop stars)." — AllMusic

1. Reverie (Villa D'Este)
2. Waltz # 1 (Nunley's Carousel)
3. Aria (Grand Canal)
4. Invention in C Minor
5. Soliloquy (On a Separation)
6. Innamorato
7. Sorbetto
8. Delusion
9. Waltz # 2 (Steinway Hall)
10. Waltz # 3 (For Lola)
11. Fantasy (Film Noir)
12. Air (Dublinesque)

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