The Heart Of Frida – Just Released

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The Heart Of Frida – Just Released

5 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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$15.00

Starr’s new CD “The Heart Of Frida” is already becoming a landmark piano recording that is garnering amazing reviews.

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Inspired by the life and art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the album includes nine original tracks that began as improvisations and two covers of classic rock tunes that are given a truly original treatment. Starr’s debut album, “Common Places,” was named Album of the Year in 2008 by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, and I have no doubt that The Heart of Frida will appear on many “best of” lists and awards for 2016 – including my own! This is masterful solo piano that is deeply expressive and emotional – compelling listening that reveals new sonic colors each time you hear it. Don’t let it disappear into background music – crank up the volume and let it envelop you in the beauty of true artistry. Yes, it’s that good!…”The Heart of Frida” begins with the title track – a stunning piece that overflows with sadness, strength, and resolve. Delicate yet passionate, the simplicity of the rolling broken chords in the bass brings out the poignance and complexity of the gorgeous melody….Wow! What an album! I give “The Heart of Frida” my highest recommendation! Don’t miss it!” Kathy Parsons – MainlyPiano.com

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3 reviews for The Heart Of Frida – Just Released

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Starr Parodi is one of the most prolific piano players I have had the pleasure to hear this year. The Heart of Frida came out less than a month ago and those music enthusiasts interested in hearing some fantastic new age and classical instrumental music need to hear this album. She brings the story to life on a 1928 Steinway grand that once made its home on the MGM scoring stage.

    Frida Kahlo was a muse, feminist, lover, survivor and painter who transformed her suffering into transcendental art. That I think is quite enough for another artist to be inspired by and it definitely unfolded that way for Starr.

    The opening track is the eloquent and haunting title track. It is beauty in disguise as the tone is set to bring you back to another world. Believe me it does. The rhythm is notable with Starr’s piano playing sounding simply gorgeous, there is no other way to put it.

    “When Doves Cry” is lovely tribute to Prince. A lot can be said with no words if the music has enough of spirit and the flow takes you downstream, which it does. The river of music just flows into the ocean of your soul as you remember one of the most talented and charismatic entertainers of our time. A fitting tribute to a true star.

    Two tracks in and I am completely sold, absorbed with this music. After learning more about Frida it was easy to appreciate the music more. Although I must say if I knew nothing I would have still enjoyed this project immensely.

    Starr is a true virtuoso taking her music to another level to dedicate her work to another artist. Her movements are founded in the realm of classical and presented with an impassioned new age flair and preciseness. The transitions she makes within one song is extremely emotional and quite brilliant. You can feel the music.

    “Hardly Touching” is absolute perfection on the ivory keys, a story given life through sound not words. Starr said “It is about artistic inspiration coming from another plane, another universe…” How could you not be moved by that statement and not find the reality of it after hearing the song? The music lifts you up higher and higher into the ether, it is a magic carpet ride to the clouds and beyond. Simplistic and delicate as the morning dew dropping off a rose, it paints so many colorful pictures in your mind.

    Those are a few examples of what to anticipate from a superb rendering of instrumental piano music. The recording is solid from beginning to end and the flow felt so natural.

    Solo piano music does not get much better than The Heart of Frida and I could not say it any more succinctly than that. This is clarity of vision and inspiration brought to your ears, heart and spirit through the fingers of Starr Parodi. Surely this recording will be receiving more accolades then I could possibly give it. If there is such a thing as musical perfection, then this is as close as it gets.

    5/5 Stars

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Review by Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

    The Heart of Frida is the second solo piano release from Starr Parodi, and what an incredible album it is! I was lucky enough to have Starr appear in a house concert here a couple of weeks ago and she played quite a few of the pieces from the album. To say that I was mesmerized with her performance would be a huge understatement, so I wondered if that same magic would come across in the album – it does! Inspired by the life and art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the album includes nine original tracks that began as improvisations and two covers of classic rock tunes that are given a truly original treatment. Starr’s debut album, Common Places, was named Album of the Year in 2008 by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, and I have no doubt that The Heart of Frida will appear on many “best of” lists and awards for 2016 – including my own! This is masterful solo piano that is deeply expressive and emotional – compelling listening that reveals new sonic colors each time you hear it. Don’t let it disappear into background music – crank up the volume and let it envelop you in the beauty of true artistry. Yes, it’s that good!

    The Heart of Frida begins with the title track – a stunning piece that overflows with sadness, strength, and resolve. Delicate yet passionate, the simplicity of the rolling broken chords in the bass brings out the poignance and complexity of the gorgeous melody. Wow! “When Doves Cry” is one of Prince’s best-known earlier songs, and is a favorite of Starr’s. Frida Kahlo and her husband, artist Diego Rivera, were often referred to as “the elephant and the dove,” so it fits right in. There are some really interesting sounds in addition to the piano, and those sounds were created with the piano using filters and delay. “The Elephant and the Dove” explores the relationship of Frida and Diego and their often stormy life together. The contrasting themes are remarkable and are seamlessly interwoven throughout the piece. “Hardly Touching” is another favorite. The title refers to artistic inspiration and how when it happens, one’s feet hardly touch the ground for the joy of it. Gracefully-flowing and delicate, the simple and heartfelt melody goes right to the heart. “Overture of Color” was originally created as an orchestral sketch that was performed (by an orchestra) in tribute to one of Frida’s paintings. A full palette of musical colors is expressed at the piano with passion as well as understanding. And then there is Starr’s arrangement of “Nights In White Satin,” one of my favorite songs ever. This track also includes additional sounds created with the piano using delays and filters in layers. The dreamlike quality of the song reminded Starr of Frida, and her arrangement is one of the best I’ve heard of this Moody Blues classic. “Sun and Life” is named for one of Frida’s paintings and is a gentle waltz with a lighter mood than some of the other pieces. “The Lightness of Frida” explores an idea of what Frida must have been like as a child. There is a feeling of innocence and sweetness with complexity and darkness simmering below the surface. Starr closes the album with an almost seven-minute meditation on “Hope” that she calls “a thought to end with.”

    Wow! What an album! I give The Heart of Frida my highest recommendation! It is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Don’t miss it!

  3. 5 out of 5

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    Starr Parodi, The Heart of Frida

    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 Starr’s 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. – Mark Vail, http://markvail.com

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