The music of Robert Schumann and 12 solo improvisations

Listen to mp3 excerpt of SCHUMANN’S Soaring
Listen to mp3 exerpt of LIAN’S Dance of the Sun

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Duncan Heining writes:
“Carol Lian is a hugely gifted classical pianist… However, the main point of interest to JAZZWISE readers lies in her explorations of improvisation within an otherwise classical framework… What strikes immediately is the quality of the pianist’s touch and the way in which this opens out and makes these (Schumann) compositions relevant today. …the 12 miniatures that follow are equally vital. We often impose our own points of reference onto improvisation, but what I hear in these pieces is Lian drawing on her knowledge of the classical repertoire to create music that owes some debt to other composers but which avoids any suggestion of pastiche. So I hear hints of Debussy and echoes of the jazz – inspired syncopations of Prokoviev and Stravinsky alongside the harmonic language of the late romantic composers.

Intriguing and ripe with possibility."

Listen to SCHUMANN’S AN EVENING, SOARING and WHY?.
“Her performances of the first three of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op.12 are fascinating and persuasive”.

Listen to LIAN’S DANCE OF THE SUN
“ a lyrical, swirling piece… very moving emotionally; there is just something so haunting, so deeply feminine about it in the best sense of the word, ”a reaching into in”, you might say. In the last moments of the piece she gives us a lovely, almost exotic melody that fades into nothingness.”

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare Magazine