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Variations - Peter M. Kolar - piano CD

Composer: Peter M. Kolar
Format: CD
Instruments: Piano
Product: 008370
Unit: Each
Price: $17.00
Availability: Currently in Stock
In his debut solo piano album, Peter Kolar's technical and compositional mastery converge in a captivating musical presentation. Variations features Peter's signature arrangements of "Joyful, Joyful," "Come, Holy Ghost," and other popular hymns, alongside his own compositions, such as a set of variations on his Mass setting "Misa Luna" and even a Baroque-style fugue! True to the classical tradition of variation, Peter's concert-worthy performances expand on each theme in sophisticated and often improvisatory ways. A definite must-have for any piano-music lover!
“This latest work has allowed [Kolar] to showcase his talents as a gifted pianist and composer. ... The improvisation/variations are classically-inspired both in the choice of pieces and in the variation techniques employed. ... The opening selection, “Variations on ICH GLAUB AN GOTT,” is full of energy and musical interest. It successfully incorporates stylistic variation techniques of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms to create a piece that is sometimes playful and sometimes dramatic. The performance showcases Kolar’s talents for composing complex variations as well as for performing music of advanced technical difficulty. … Para-liturgical services and prayer groups can also find great inspiration and support for prayer in this recording. The music can enhance private prayer as well. Whatever its role, this CD is excellent in its choice of pieces, its compositional development and its performance. It makes one wonder why Peter Kolar isn’t doing this kind of work full time!” – Sister Judith Kubicki, C.S.S.F., Worship Magazine, March 2013

The image projected through composer Peter Kolar is one of an effortless expression of worship and prayer flowing from his soul through his fingertips. The music comes in waves — technical and ethereal. Though Kolar is playing the piano, it is as if his music is a private exchange between God and him, offering listeners a sacred glimpse into their friendship. - Milwaukee Catholic Herald, - January 2013

"Filled with the richness of a concert-worthy performance, Variations experiments with original stylings on classic themes, and is an absolute treasure for anyone who loves piano or spiritual music. Highly recommended, especially for public library music CD collections. " — Wisconsin Bookwatch: The Music CD Shelf, May 2012 

Variations on ICH GLAUB AN GOTT(To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King) Listen
El Señor Es Compasivo/The Lord Is Rich in Kindness Listen
Variations on the Passacaglia from “Misa Luna” Listen
Variations on HYMN TO JOY Listen
Fugue in G Minor Listen
Variations on DIX (For the Beauty of the Earth) Listen
Variations on BEACH SPRING (God of Day and God of Darkness) Listen
Piece in A Major for Piano and Three Woodwinds Listen
Tesoros Ocultos/Treasures Out of Darkness Listen
Variations on LAMBILOTTE (Come, Holy Ghost) Listen
Meditation on “Oración de los Fieles/Bilingual Intercessions” Listen
Meditation on “Keep In Mind” Listen

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