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Amazon.com Reviews of Beyond the Turning. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Writings by Serge Kozlovsky, October 1, 2012

This review is from: Beyond the Turning (Audio CD)

Life runs away forever
To never return back
You won’t be able to predict
What’s waiting for tomorrow

These strong and very emotional melodies capture the soul from the first moments. You are not able to go away without continuing to hear this incredible music. Heidi Breyer returns with a new unbelievably wonderful 3rd project “Beyond the Turning”.

It reminds us that life is a long road and invites us to move along on this exciting journey.

What is the first impression of the new album of Heidi Breyer? Her piano music is filled with warmth and sincerity. These melodies are born from the bottom of the artist’s heart. Their cordiality and easiness thrill the listener’s heart.

But the emotional impact is not the only memorable feature of “Beyond the Turning”. The music of Heidi Breyer is perfectly composed and arranged. Her newest project was produced by renowned sound engineer Corin Nelsen. The result of his work is the refined sound of the “Beyond the Turning”.

The masters of acoustic instruments such as David Cullen (electric guitar), Eugene Friesen (cello), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Michael Manring (fretless bass) along with many other brilliant performers including tremendous ethnic vocals by Samite help to create the unique atmosphere of Heidi Breyer’s project and achieve depths of emotional experiences.

The releasing of “Beyond the Turning” is undoubtedly a bright event of this year. Heidi Breyer continues to create and each listener is able to reach the harmonious and creative state of his soul and mind listening to her astonishing and vibrant new album.

Listen to the “Beyond the Turning” and sense what the music of the new epoch is…


5.0 out of 5 stars From MainlyPiano, October 1, 2012

Kathy Parsons (Florence, OR United States) –

This review is from: Beyond the Turning (Audio CD)

“Beyond the Turning” is pianist/composer Heidi Breyer’s third album to date, following her award-winning and critically-acclaimed 2010 release, “Another Place and Time.” Like her previous album, the fourteen tracks on “Beyond the Turning” are a varied mix of styles that contain elements of classical, jazz, folk, new age, and pop music blended to create Heidi Breyer’s unique voice and vision. The other musicians on the album are as varied as the music and bring an eclectic sound to the mix. Breyer adds her delicate vocals to the two cover tunes and presents her first ever recorded improvisation (“The Long Way Home, Passages 1-3”), making this album a musical and emotional journey.

“Beyond the Turning” opens with “Farewell,” a piece that contains one of the album’s biggest surprises. Beginning as a heartfelt piano solo, I was blown away when David Cullen’s electric guitar entered at about the halfway point. Breyer heard this piece as a piano and electric guitar duet when she wrote it and refused to compromise on the unique combination of instruments. I wasn’t sure I liked that combination at first, but Cullen’s passionate playing communicates so well and contrasts so dramatically with the piano that it won me over. “World Without End” was inspired by a painting by Alexander Volkov. This is actually the third version of this piece, which Breyer concedes may never be completely finished. Her piano, Eugene Friesen’s cello, and Samite’s vocals give it a hauntingly beautiful expression. “My Peace Piece” is a piano solo dedicated to jazz pianist Bill Evans. Slow, fluid, and very graceful, this one’s a favorite. So is “Rive Droite,” which features the violin artistry of the amazing Charlie Bisharat and Bob Colwell on accordion in addition to Breyer’s rhythmic and sensual piano. I also really like “Eight Steps Free,” a duet for piano and lyricon (an electronic wind instrument with a very ethereal quality) played by Premik Russell-Tubbs. “Tea and Sympathy” is an arrangement of one of Janis Ian’s classics. Guitar, piano, and bass are a simple but very effective accompaniment to Breyer’s heartfelt vocals and Ian’s poetic lyrics. “Moondancing” was an experiment in rhythm and is the first of Breyer’s pieces with percussion (tam-tam). Russell-Tubbs’ soulful saxophone adds the perfect emotional element and makes it soar. The title track is a gorgeous duet for piano and English horn (Jill Haley) that expresses the realization that there are so many turns in the roads we travel in life, often wondering what lies “beyond the turning,” and the inner peace that comes with the acceptance that the turning happens every day and letting it flow through us.

Recommended!


5.0 out of 5 stars The RajMan Review, September 16, 2012

Raj Manoharan “RajMan” (New York Metropolitan Area)

This review is from: Beyond the Turning (MP3 Music)

Heidi Breyer unleashes a tour-de-force of musicality that leaves strong and vivid impressions long after the last note plays.

The sensitive pianist really ups the ante on this offering with a stellar lineup of top-notch musicians that makes the compositions come alive with passion. The CD starts off with a tender duet between Breyer’s comforting keys and David Cullen’s searing electric guitar tones.

From there, the album provides a steady flow of pensive emotion sustained by intricate solo, duo, and trio performances. Breyer’s collaborators include Cullen on acoustic guitar, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello, Jill Haley on English horn, Samite on vocals, flutes, and adungu (a nine-string African harp), Premik Russell-Tubbs on lyricon and saxophone, Bob Colwell on accordion, Marc Enfroy on string group coordination, Max MacFarland and Michael Manring on bass, Steve Holley on drums, and Jeff Haynes on percussion.

In coordinating all of this musical chemistry, Breyer has created a unique album of exotic sounds and deep personal insight whose appeal will reach far and wide beyond just fans of piano music.


5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music., June 5, 2013

By KC (Michigan USA)

This review is from: Beyond the Turning (Audio CD)

Love this CD. Music is great background for working around the house, dinner, etc. Perfect for quiet entertaining, music is soothing and easy to listen. No bad songs on this CD.


4.0 out of 5 stars More piano than I thought, but still very good, March 17, 2013

By Kathryn LePage (Cincinnati, OH United States)

This review is from: Beyond the Turning (Audio CD)

The title says it all. Where other instruments, especially the wood flute, enter, it’s great.
The piano work is fine, but it gets sometimes too much just piano.


5.0 out of 5 stars Review from NewAgeMusicWorld.com, December 2, 2012

By John P. Olsen / Review Publicist (United States) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Beyond the Turning (Audio CD)

Heidi Breyer is the recipient of a best album award at New Age Music World for her 2012 release. Professional recording artist Heidi Breyer’s 2012 release Beyond the Turning features 14 eloquent piano instrumental songs. This is her third album, and follow-up to Another Place and Time, an album produced by founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman. Another Place and Time earned Heidi 2 ZMR Awards in 2010 for Best New Artist & Best Instrumental Piano Album.

Beyond the Turning, produced by GRAMMY® Winning producer and engineer Corin Nelsen, is another magnificent testimonial to the talents of composing pianist Heidi Breyer. An elemental variation in moods and influences is what makes Beyond the Turning shine from the rest. Artists include Eugene Friesen, Charlie Bisharat, Samite, Michael Manring, Steve Holley, Jeff Haynes, Jill Haley and David Cullen.


5.0 out of 5 stars Moondancing, December 2, 2012

By Lee Armstrong (Winterville, NC United States) –

This review is from: Beyond the Turning (Audio CD)

Heidi Breyer’s “Beyond the Turning” is a delightful set. The opener “Farewell” with David Cullen’s electric guitar is breathtakingly moving. On the second track “World Without End,” Eugene Friesen’s cello gives such depth in counterpoint to Heidi’s gorgeous piano melody. “Eight steps free” is another delightful track that opens with the lyricon (sounds like a penny whistle to me); it’s ethereal and beautiful. Janis Ian penned “Tea & Sympathy” that was on her 1975 album “Between the Lines” which transforms under Heidi’s touch into a soft lullaby with her gentle vocals hugging the lovely melody. “Moondancing” is a lovely soft piece that is given a major jazz inflection with Premik Russell-Tubbs’ saxophone. “Beyond the Turning” works well as a largely new age instrumental offering because of the great variety in instruments, superb musicianship and Heidi’s inspired performance. Enjoy!


4.0 out of 5 stars Mainly Piano MD, December 1, 2012

By Michael Debbage This review is from: Beyond the Turning (Audio CD)

Two years ago Heidi Breyer released her splendid sophomore album Another Place and Time to critical claim. Considering the results garnered from that album, no one would have faulted in her in checking in with the same formula and partially repeating herself. This just does not seem to be in the DNA of Heidi Breyer who instead of bringing in the Will Ackerman A team decided to tweak her players and her writing and come to the table with a new plan. And it shows with Ms Breyer bending and pushing her performances on Beyond the Turning taking it to another place and time.

First step was taking the significant risk of stepping away from producer Will Ackerman and handing the production duties over to the more than capable Corin Nelsen. Once more the production and arrangements are stellar. Her second move was to essentially step away from Ackerman’s A Team session musicians with only one return visit from cellist Eugene Friesen on “World Without End” as well as Jill Haley performing her English horn on the beautiful title track.

Breyer makes an immediate statement with her opening track “Farewell” that features Breyer’s mystical piano work that merges effortless with David Cullen’s Santana like bold electric guitar solo. On paper this looks all wrong, but somehow Breyer’s gallant move here is courageous and daring, yet soaring. Similar audacious results are found on “River Droite” as Breyer’s exotic music transports us to the equally exotic France with her delectable piano work incorporating seamlessly with Bisharat’s violin and Bob Colwell’s accordion. Meanwhile, the jazz influence shows its face on the striking “Moondancing” featuring Premik Russell Tubbs on saxophone. Meanwhile, “My Peace Piece”, though lacking any additional instrumentation features Breyer’s on piano as she plays tribute to jazz pianist Bill Evans. Breyer’s vocals are also featured on “Tea And Sympathy” and “May I Suggest” and while pleasant enough they are not as strong as her piano “voice”. Nevertheless, Breyer choose to push the envelope and was at least willing to take the risk.

As you move deeper into the album it just swells with highly impressionable moments, one of them being the moving “Joy of the Road”. Breyer’s piano work is gorgeous and in complete harmony with Michael Manring fretless bass. This flows right into the spiritual like qualities of “Adungu Inspiration” with Breyer teaming up with Samite on the Ugandan harp like instrument called the Adungu, with Cullen adding some light embellishments courtesy of his guitar work. The compositions continue to swell with the previously mentioned title track that eventually leads us to the third passageway of improvised track “The Long Way Home – Passage 3” that appears to be one of the umbilical cords of this very wonderful album.

Heidi Breyer is not a musician that may necessarily appeal to you on the very first listen. It takes you as the listener the need to be patient and let the music find a place in your heart knowing that without the immediate gratification comes the endearing music qualities found in Breyer’s music. While Beyond the Turning is not a perfect album, like a diamond, the flaws are infrequent and brief but only adds to the beauty. What is unquestionable is the musical integrity of Heidi Breyer who has once again created another beautiful album that continues to live up to her own high expectations.

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