Few musical unions are as compelling as this one, and Varuna, which is far from your run-of-the-mill singer-and-pianist date, is pure magic.
This absorbing release—an album that’s something of a sequel to The Duo Sessions (Nabel Records, 2005)—finds vocalist Laurie Antonioli and …
Very rarely lately does the album artwork match the music waiting for the right listener to unlock a whirlwind of emotions. Here on Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach’s vocal-piano duo album, they do as the pair invites listeners to sit in on their celestial conversation set to stun.
The album concludes with a unique version of “Over the Rainbow” which re-defines the nature of both the music and the lyric. It is a total reconstruction of the song, similar to the classic 1961 version of “Laura” created by Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake, where all previous renditions seem trivial and out-dated.
Varuna is a dwarf planet located near Pluto, and although it was only discovered about fifteen years ago, it has …
Antonioli uses an inspired collection of standards that perfectly meld with the originals.
The two artists allow Alexander Scriabin’s “Prelude in E-flat Minor” to carefully dissolve into “My Funny Valentine.” Long relegated to …
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