Lisa Swerdlow - The Crossing
Classical, New Age, Classical Crossover
California, United States
Overall Impression: Composer Lisa Swerdlow has released the second movement of the Coming To America Concerto entitled The Crossing. As the second movement begins, listeners are enveloped in a desolate cloud of arpeggios from the piano. It slowly changes shape and mood as the cello enters, both working with each other and creating a gorgeous moment in time. The gentle tempo allows listeners to feel every emotion the work has to offer, from lonesome sorrow to hopeful discovery. Swerdlow uses subtle orchestration as an advantage, and chooses beautiful expression as a primary tool. This is the sort of piece that garners more than one listen, just to feel everything all over again. Overall, The Crossing from Lisa Swerdlow's Coming To America Concerto is a gorgeous new work for orchestra and piano that leaves listeners holding onto every moment.
Strongest Point(s): Swerdlow makes fine use of the beautiful qualities of each instrument in the orchestration. The instruments are used for what they do best, and the result is absolutely gorgeous.
Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Classical music, particularly from the Romantic and Post-Romantic eras will enjoy The Second Movement of the Coming To America Concerto: The Crossing, by Lisa Swerdlow.
Artist target suggestions: Antonio Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joaquin Rodrigo, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Tchaichovsky, Gustav Mahler, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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About the Reviewer:
Zachary Larson is a professional touring guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured as a classical chamber musician, onboard luxury cruise lines, and with the Broadway musicals Finding Neverland and Escape To Margaritaville. His recorded work spans from classical works and jazzy holiday tunes, to mind-bending experimental music. His arrangements of orchestral music are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver.