Editors’ Notes Pianist/composer Luke Howard bares his soul on Open Heart Story. Solo piano intimacy sits alongside uplifting works for string orchestra, all mingled with haunting electronic effects, as he explores themes of fragmented relationships, childhood memories, and growing older. Howard evokes the spiritual world of composer Arvo Pärt in “Bear Story I” with its bell-like motifs, and draws on the crystalline beauty of the Baroque for the spine-tingling “A Long Life.” Strings and synths combine for “Remembering My Childhood,” while both the piano and orchestral versions of aching elegy “Hymn” are deeply moving.

SONG
Prelude for a Single Voice
1
1:20
 
Bear Story I
2
1:34
 
Bear Story II
3
4:03
 
In Metaphor, Solace
4
2:33
 
A Long Life
5
3:27
 
Elysian Fields
6
3:40
 
In Praise of Shadows
7
5:47
 
Hymn
8
5:43
 
Blossom
9
1:33
 
Solstice
10
2:21
 
Trembling
11
2:00
 
Circles
12
1:56
 
I Still Dream about you, Sometimes but not Always
13
6:10
 
Remembering My Childhood
14
2:21
 
Hymn (Piano Version)
15
4:39
 
The Map is not the Territory
16
5:28
 
I Still Dream About You, Sometimes but Not Always (Piano Version)
17
3:50
 

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