"...this material is consistently melodic and concisely made, it is filled with delicate filigree and sparkling harmonies. The shadows of Chopin and Brahms hover...several pieces have the unmistakable flavor of Vince Guaraldi...As a performer, Swanson displays an easy virtuosity that adds to the beguiling character of this CD...."
Fanfare - November/December 2006
PROGRAM NOTESThis is a collection of glorious, inspiring piano miniatures by Boston-based musician, Philip Swanson. While Swanson has maintained a wide-ranging and distinguished career as a trombonist, organist, conductor and teacher, his talents at the keyboard as a composer-performer are stunning. The songs grab the listener immediately, taking him on one journey after another. Most of the moods here are brightly optimistic, but there is also a good measure of quiet contemplation.
Swanson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory, and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. He appears frequently throughout New England with numerous jazz and orchestral groups, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Salem State College in Massachusetts.
"Is the old tale pointless
Rainer Maria Rilke
Fairest of the Fair
Spring Child (for Mariah)
Mourning for Linos
Days Gone By
Just a Dream