The Heart of FRIDA – Starr Pardi Piano Improvisations NEW CD - $25 (Fullerton)

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The Heart of FRIDA – Starr Pardi Piano Improvisations NEW CD - $25.00 OBO (still in plastic wrapped)
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Starr Parodi, The Heart of Frida Pageant of the Masters Composer
Artist: Starr Parodi
Record Type: Audio CD
Genre: Classical Music
Record Label: Sonic Doppler
Release Year: 2016

A fair share of recorded music can melt your heart. That’s what happens to me while listening to the latest album from pianist/composer Starr Parodi. The Heart of Frida is Starr s vividly moving tribute to transcendental Mexican artist and painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Parodi's passionate, beautiful, ethereal rendition of Prince's When Doves Cry seems the polar opposite of his raucous original. She recorded it a few months before Prince s death, making the song even more poignant. This and Nights in White Satin which you'd swear begins with electric piano, but that isn't so (more below) are the only tracks Starr didn't compose herself, and the latter song explores sonic landscapes never touched by the Moody Blues. The pensive and introspective The Elephant and the Dove, nicknames for Frida and her artist husband Diego Rivera, is Starrs musical exploration of their loving connections and vibrant differences. Painting with sonic colors is another Parodi skill. Witness Overture of Color, inspired by Frida s statement I paint flowers so they will not die. Starr composed the piece for orchestra, but this rendition is remarkably expressive and complete. The subtle twists and turns in Starr s piano lines as well as some added mystical signal processing send thrills through my spine. The Heart of Frida isn't purely an acoustic piano album. In a few select spots, you'll hear what seem like synthesized and distinctly non-piano audio. What's actually happening is a bit of subtle delay and filter processing of the piano sound, courtesy of husband Jeff Fair's studio artistry. And what a piano! Centrally located in their home studio is the 1928 Steinway grand that once lived on MGM's scoring stage and contributed to The Wizard of Oz soundtrack. Surely no one, however, could coax more passionate feelings and rainbow colors out of the instrument than Starr. Like her previous solo piano album Common Places, released in 2008, The Heart of Frida belongs in the library of anyone who loves brilliantly and emotionally crafted music

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