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CandiceMichelle1 ,

An outstanding neoclassical new age album

Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, pianist-composer and vocalist Sharon Fendrich began her music studies at age three. Eventually releasing her debut album, Red Sky Prairie, Fendrich travelled to the small town of Stein in the Netherlands to record the project at Kerani Music Studio with engineer Arno Op de Camp. Comprised of eleven compositions spanning an hour, Red Sky Prairie beautifully epitomizes neoclassical new age exquisiteness with its striking combination of gentle piano and voice set to mellifluous orchestral ensembles. Showcasing the contributing impeccable talents of Russian vocalist Anna Emelyanova, cellist Joep Willems, violinist Wilfred Sassen, and flautists Helen Hendriks and les Muller, Red Sky Prairie brilliantly boasts emotionally therapeutic and harmonious arrangements of utmost pristine elegance.

Employing heavenly choral and soprano vocals sung in English, Spanish, Latin and Yiddish along the way, Fendrich’s soul-elevating compositions create an atmosphere of divine love, peace and hope. Some outstanding examples include transcendently radiant “Song of the Dove”, an angelic aria sung in the international language of Esperanto. Fendrich also adds intriguingly subtle touches of magic throughout, one example being the sounds of crickets singing softly at the close of the album's title track. Several pieces touch on notably tender subjects, such as the September 11th dedicated final number, “That September Day”, which concludes the album with a pastoral sense of remembrance, healing and comfort.

Striking a perfect balance of innocence and maturity, Red Sky Prairie is a stunning accomplishment for an artist debut that will surely soothe the minds and hearts of many adults and children alike. Drawing inspiration from the new age, Celtic and classical music genres, listeners especially who enjoy everything from Secret Garden to David Lanz will find much to cherish herein. A serenely heartfelt album I’d say was long overdue within this wing of the genre, Red Sky Prairie is arguably one of the most outstanding neoclassical new age albums this year!

muzikman97 ,

Amazin Debut Album!

The core of the music is the piano. Sharon lays down the foundation with exceptional passion and grace. Her piano gives the other instruments in the mix an opportunity to join in seamlessly. Like the flow of water from a stream to the ocean, it is natural and effortless. The violin, flutes, cello and the voice of Anna Emelyanova in some of the tracks allow for a very cinematic reach. The classical roots remain intact and the new age flavor will give it an ambiance and texture that allows for a crossover appeal to several audiences that would find a deep appreciation for what is being presented in the eleven tracks.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

KathyPiano7 ,

From MainlyPiano

"Red Sky Prairie" is the beyond impressive debut album from Sharon Fendrich. Calling Fendrich a “pianist/composer” only scratches the surface as she also produced the album, wrote lyrics for the five pieces that have lyrics (in five different languages, no less!), orchestrated the music and traveled to The Netherlands to record and mix the album at Kerani Music Studio with Arno Op den Camp, the engineer behind award-winning neoclassical artist, Kerani. Born and raised in Eugene, OR, Fendrich started her music studies at the age of three. Exposed to symphony orchestras, opera, ballet and other stage performances as a child, she continued piano and choral studies through college at Tufts University. After college, she continued to explore music composition while working in marketing, development and production roles for the La Jolla Music Society and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra in California. With a background in classical and ambient music, Fendrich brings a wealth of experience to her original music and makes it sound effortless. "Red Sky Prairie" offers eleven tracks that can provide a soundtrack to listeners’ dreams and memories. In addition to Fendrich on piano, there are four Dutch soloists: violinist Wilfred Sassen, cellist Joep Willems, flutists Helen Hendriks and Ies Muller, plus Russian vocalist Anna Emelyanova.

The album begins with ‘L’dor Vador,” which translates from Hebrew to “generation to generation.” A gently-flowing piece for piano, voice and strings, it lets you know right away that this album is something special. “A Secret’s Song” is a tribute to James Horner and his theme, “Somewhere Out There” from "An American Tail" (1986). Without lyrics, the piano tells the story as the other instrumentalists support and enhance it with grace and expression. A few sections have an interesting meter change that keeps them just slightly off-balance but not at all uncomfortable. “Within Whispers” begins with the sound of the ocean and becomes a delicate duet for piano and Irish flute. The second theme goes somewhat darker, brightening again for the third - one of my favorites. The title track opens with the sound of thunder but quickly becomes peaceful. With the piano in front, strings dance around and intertwine with the melody. The piece was inspired by a vision Fendrich had of a place suspended in time where emotions are free to be felt, expressed and remembered. Visual and performed with deep emotion, it would be exquisite in a film - another favorite. The lyrics for “Song Of the Dove” are in Esperanto (an international language created to bring together speakers from diverse countries) and tells the story of the flight of the dove of peace and the tremendous weight of responsibility it carries. “Never Alone” is a haunting piece for piano and voice. Sung in Spanish, English and Yiddish, the lyrics link the stories of the Latin American refugees trying to enter the US in 2018 and the Jewish refugees of WWII. “Last Tears” is a piano/violin/cello trio that offers closure as the intensity of grief starts to ease and the person grieving accepts that some of the sorrow will always remain. The heartfelt emotion expressed in this piece soothes like a long, loving hug that lets you know things will be okay in time. “That September Day” pays homage to 9/11/2001. It begins as that morning did, with the hope and promise of a new day. Then everything changes. The lyrics express the shared fear, sadness and anger we felt in the days that followed and then end with: “Together we found a way that September day” - a message that reminds us that together we can overcome just about anything.

"Red Sky Prairie" is an album that truly needs to be heard. Do your ears, mind and soul a favor and check it out!