Chad Lawson, piano; Esther Yoo, Thomas Gould and David O’Leary, violins; Rachel Roberts, viola; Richard Hardwood and Peter Gregson, cellos; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Decca Data, 2022
Remembering to breathe is instinctual, however with a lot occurring on this planet, it may be straightforward to disregard such a vital factor.
Chad Lawson’s album breathe, which options solo piano works and orchestral preparations, invitations listeners to let go of the whole lot they’ve held inside—to lastly exhale. The works on the album are gradual and relaxed, and there may be not a single tense second. Although works like irreplaceable and letting go sort out themes of grief and loss, their easy but comforting melodies stay up for an optimistic future.
Lawson is at all times on the forefront of the album, his smooth piano drifting by the pulsing rhythm and quantity of the opposite devices. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s string part constantly builds as much as crescendos that hold momentarily earlier than gently releasing, as if the musicians are prompting the listener to breathe in time with the music. This accompaniment provides unimaginable depth to the album, however nothing tops Lawson’s solo piano recordings. His expertise is on full show in works like the sweetest sound and beneath the moon’s embrace, that are certain to provide listeners the cathartic emotional launch they’ve been in search of.