Piano, Volume 3 is the third in a series of four (so far) DVDs that
feature Isadars live performances of selections from his six
(so far) solo piano CDs and some of his music videos. Volume 3 stands
out in that some of the music is jazzier than the previous DVDs,
there are three pieces that have not yet been released on recordings,
and there is a short interview with Isadar at the end of the disc. I
love the three new pieces: Broken Valentine and The
Man Who Broke My Heart are originals to be released on an
upcoming solo piano CD called Red, and his arrangement of Liz
Storys Things With Wings. They clearly indicate
some changes in Isadars style, incorporating more jazz as well
as his always impressive playing chops and expression of deep emotion.
The music video on
this disc is Snow, from Isadars 2003 release, The
Purple Heart, an improvisational recording that honors those who lost
their lives in the 9/11/01 tragedy. As on Volumes 1 and 2, the
performances are filmed from several different angles, allowing the
viewer to really see what Isadar is doing as well as hearing it. The
overlapping video montages are especially helpful and interesting,
and I think fellow pianists will really enjoy those and find them
useful in learning Isadars sheet music.
All but one of the
tracks on this disc are original. From Near the Edge of Light
(1990): Near the Edge Of Light, Jealous Heart,
and Highway Driving. From Active Imagination
(1999): Waiting and Throwing the Dice. From The
Journey (2000): Smoke Signals, and End of the
Line. From Purple Heart (2003): Snow. From Red
: Broken Valentine and The Man Who Broke My Heart.
All four of
Isadars DVDs (so far) have been great to watch and listen to,
but Volume 3 is my favorite. Available from isadar.com
Check it out!