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Kimberly Hou

Opus One

Review by Gary Hill

Kimberly Hou's new set is a collection of piano solos that land in the zone of classical music. I'll be the first to admit that I don't have the proper training or education to do an actual classical music review. Those are a completely different beast, and I generally can't differentiate between two different recordings of the same classical piece, so I am not properly equipped. That said, I can review these numbers as instrumental songs, talking about what they sound like. That's what I've done here. The fact is, however you listen to this music, it's well worth the time invested. These songs are very satisfying.

This review is available in book (paperback and hardcover) in Music Street Journal: 2020  Volume 3. More information and purchase links can be found at: garyhillauthor.com/Music-Street-Journal-2020.

Track by Track Review
Field of Memories
While this has a rather majestic beauty to it, the intricate melodies also bring a light-hearted sense of fun. There is almost a playfulness built into this piece in some ways. It feels light and airy.
Reflections
This has more of an insistent urgency to it. It seems less playful than the opener did. There is a real drama and energy to it, too.
Dancing in Time
There is a really pretty and intricate vibe to this piece. It has some nice air built into it. The arrangement feels somewhat vulnerable, but also unafraid.
For My Love
Coming in even more gently, this is a slow moving tapestry of sound. The lines of melody seem to dance around one another and build upon each other. This song makes me think of rainy days in some ways.
 
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