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David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2020

Peter Breiner was commissioned by Klaus Heymann, founder of Naxos Records, to write a disc of romantic piano works recorded with the title ‘Caressing Your Soul’.

Born in Slovakia in 1957, Peter Breiner – pianist, composer, conductor and arranger – has worked in many different markets, his music for films and television providing the backdrop for music that is both tranquil and soothing, while keeping in touch with the light music of yesteryear in creating beautiful melodies. Written over the past two years, the titles set the scene for differing pictures, opening with the Little Snowflake that drops gently to earth; we can enjoy the quizzical Sunday Morning on Thursday where everything is going wrong, arriving at the piano version of his Slovak Dances, Naughty and Sad, featured in the orchestral disc reviewed last month. Travelling further I particularly enjoyed the Latvian Romance, and a Little Light Music, with the feeling I have heard it somewhere before. We eventually arrive at the ‘music box’ sounds of Instant and Sweet, before the soothing, This Too Shall Pass fulfils the commission to create a disc of ‘Calm Romantic Piano Music’. In total there are twenty-two tracks in a well-filled disc, most hovering around three to four minutes, which proves an ideal length. Breiner’s playing is lucid and at times you feel as if he is extemporising, but that is the freedom a composer should enjoy! © 2020 David’s Review Corner

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