14 Songs, 54 Minutes


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4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

pianoteacherpam ,

A sumptuous blend of artistry and emotion!

Lynn Yew Evers’ latest release, Sunset Breeze, is a sumptuous blend of joy and sorrow, optimism and regret, exuberance and melancholy. Evers’ polish and artistry as a performer are the result of many years of classical training but her original compositions are both contemporary and accessible. A native of Malaysia, Evers began her musical adventures on a toy piano at the age of four; by the time she was nine she was both performing and composing. She went on to obtain a degree from the Trinity College of Music in London and came to the United States in 2009 to further pursue her career as a professional musician. Sunset Breeze is her fourth solo piano album.

This collection begins with The Dancing Doll, a haunting and mysterious number, followed by Ocean Wind. With its sparkling melody and persistent accompaniment, Ocean Wind put me in mind of a traveler on a sailing vessel anxious to return home into the arms of a loved one. Eternity is a wistful, nostalgic piece, creating in my mind a reflection on a past tinged with touches of regret. The next track, Oriental Moon, is a favorite. A colorful sound painting, it begins with powerful octaves in the bass, perhaps symbolizing the darkness of night, contrasting with twinkling arpeggios in the upper register, adding splashes of starlight. The soaring theme woven throughout is at once melancholy and pensive. Following is Soaring, a musical expression of sheer joy, and another favorite.

Next comes Sunset Breeze, the title track, which brought to my mind the happiness and contentment experienced at the end of a day well spent. Where Do I Go From Here?, with its upward movement at the end of each phrase, seems to form a melodic question mark and a musical representation of the dilemma we all find ourselves in from time to time. Happily, the positive resolution at the end of the piece leads me to believe the answer was found. Without Words reminded me of Hans Christian Anderson’s famous quote, “Where words fail, music speaks.” This piece conveys a heartfelt message that words simply cannot.

You Are the Promise, You Are My Home is clearly a love song, but this is no ordinary love. The music conveys a passion and euphoria that made my spirit soar. Reminisce, with its delicate opening, wistful melody, and occasional lapses into dissonance and minor chords, always returns to a happy place.
Khai Qin’s Song is a nod to someone obviously dear to the composer, its tender melody accompanied by luscious harmonies. Heim Angelus comes next, followed by A Walk in a Chinese Garden. Evers herself says that one of the greatest inspirations for her work is her devoted relationship with God and nature, and this imaginative piece is evidence of that. As we follow the winding path, exploring the ponds, rock works, trees and flowers, two main themes emerge in the music, perhaps representing the harmony that is meant to exist between man and nature. The final piece, Prelude in D minor, perhaps inspired by the preludes of Chopin and another favorite, brings the album to a bittersweet ending; its main theme, in the key of D minor, alternates with a contrasting major section and ends on a major chord.

Sunset Breeze is an excellent follow-up to Evers’ first three albums. Highly recommended!

KathyPiano7 ,

From MainlyPiano

"Sunset Breeze" is the fourth album from Malaysian-born pianist/composer Lynn Yew Evers who relocated to the US in 2009 and has been dazzling audiences with her artistry ever since. “Grace” and “elegance” are two words that always come to mind when listening to Evers’ recordings, but those two qualities are even more profound when she plays live. Now living in Washington State in a climate far different from Malaysia’s, Evers’ greatest inspirations come from her relationships with God and nature. The fourteen piano solos on "Sunset Breeze" are very classically-influenced, tempered with melodic “new age” sensibilities that allow the music to work well in the background as well as with full concentration and focus on Evers’ very expressive playing.

Lynn Yew Evers began performing at the age of 5 and was composing and improvising by the time she was 9. She went on to earn a degree from the Trinity College of Music in London. Since 1985, she has organized and performed many concerts in Malaysia and the US as both a soloist and an accompanist for major choirs and ensembles. A highlight of those events was being invited to play for the King and Queen of Malaysia as well as the Prime Minister and other Malaysian dignitaries.

"Sunset Breeze" begins with “The Dancing Doll,” a title that sounds like it would be carefree and innocent, but this beautiful piece is a real heartbreaker. Slow and mournful, yet very graceful and tender, it’s my favorite piece on the album. Ocean winds can be fierce and dramatic or calm and peaceful, and the piece “Ocean Wind” is definitely the latter with a gentle, easy flow that would ruffle the hair rather than blasting you with sand. “Eternity” is a gorgeous, dreamy expression of serenity and peace. “Oriental Moon” begins with a bang in the bass of the piano that definitely gets your attention. Darker and more dramatic than the rest of the album, this is my other favorite track. “Soaring” returns to a lighter, more blissful demeanor that is absolutely beautiful. “Without Words” expresses feelings that words never quite get right. It would be perfect behind the credits of a poignant love story - bittersweet, tender and so much more. “Reminisce” expresses the warm contentment of cherished memories, flowing easily and evoking a smile. “Prelude in D Minor” brings the album to a peaceful close with heartfelt emotion mixed with grace and elegance. Sigh…

If you are familiar with Lynn Yew Evers’ previous recordings, you will love "Sunset Breeze." If Evers’ music is new to you, this album is a wonderful way to get acquainted! Highly recommended!

CandiceMichelle1 ,

Optimistic, heartfelt and tender solo piano music

Lynn Yew Evers started playing piano and performing as a child until officially beginning her musical career at age fifteen. Later earning a degree from the Trinity College of Music in London, she’s performed a variety of concerts in both her native country of Malaysia and in the U.S. where she currently resides. Entitled Sunset Breeze, Lynn’s fourth album is comprised of fourteen solo piano compositions – marking a slight musical departure from her previous album, Elysian, which showcased piano-centric ensemble music – with both projects having been produced by Will Ackerman.

Drawing its influences from inspirational, classical and contemporary styles of music, Sunset Breeze essentially lives up to its title as an overall laid-back listening experience punctuated by elegantly assertive peaks, as the composer seemingly takes us on a leisurely stroll through quiet countryside, sunny gardens and along moonlit shores.

“The Dancing Doll” introduces the album like a delicate overture with a noted classical flair that exudes a subtle sense of mystery. A lovely composition as well as my favorite of the lot, Lynn extends a soft touch to the keys, as I’m reminded of watching a graceful ballerina or feather floating in the wind.

Serenely simple throughout, most of the compositions are characterized by major-key melodies that range from sweetly hymn-like to sweepingly romantic with often strong classical embellishments, before ultimately concluding in much the same manner the album began with the contemplative closing piece, “Prelude in D Minor”.

A most appropriate album for the upcoming Summer season, Sunset Breeze is an optimistically heartfelt album chock-full of personal warmth and tender reflection. Fans of the similarly inspirational and romantic solo piano works of Danny Wright and Michael Dulin are especially encouraged to check out this enjoyable release!

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