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All One World
Anne Trenning
2003/Shadetree Productions
Reviewed by Kathy Parsons

"All One World" is pianist/composer Anne Trenning's second album to date, and what a breath of fresh air it is! Blending classical influences with a love of Celtic and folk melodies, Trenning has created a warm, inviting collection of mostly original pieces that range from lively and joyful to a bit more reflective and pensive. Some of the pieces are solo piano, and others include other (mostly acoustic) musicians and wordless vocals. The variety of styles showcases Trenning's versatility as a composer, and yet the album holds together as a seamless whole.

Of the twelve tracks, the first nine are original compositions and the last three are arrangements of traditional melodies that includes "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming." The title track opens the CD; a lovely piano solo that seems to reflect the thoughts in the liner notes about working for peace, being kind, and respecting the earth and all living creatures. "Ben's Song" is more orchestrated, with piano and strings - a lovely waltz. "Walking Through My Tears" is one of my favorites. Obviously, this isn't one of the more upbeat pieces, but it's not a heartbreaker, either. A simple, heartfelt melody with a gentle accompaniment are all this piano solo needs to convey genuine emotion. "Clarecastle" opens with an atmospheric keyboard prelude and then becomes a dark piano solo with synth washes. Suddenly, the tempo changes to a lively, happy- go-lucky dance that swirls and leaps for joy. Flutes and piano soar, making this another favorite. "The Road to Dunlavin" calms down a bit - a beautiful, wistful piece for piano and guitar with string washes. "Dusk Until Dawn" is a gorgeous piano solo - again very simple, but deeply touching in its sincerity. "Maggie Rose" is a gem. Piano with gentle keyboard opens the piece, and then it opens up with light percussion, flute, and piano - very Celtic. Of the three traditional pieces, I like "La Valse Des Jeune Filles," a traditional French piece, best. The piano is simple and childlike, with warm voices, strings, and guitar in the background, keeping the mood one of innocence and wonder.

"All One World" is an exceptionally good choice if you enjoy classical, Celtic, and folk music. Anne Trenning's musical voice is both strong and gentle, and she knows when to let a simple melody sing on its own. The album is available from www.annetrenning.com, cdbaby.com, and amazon.com. Recommended!

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