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Electronic - Released September 18, 2020 | Lapsus Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released August 7, 2020 | Finders Keepers Records

Music for Denali contains some of Suzanne Ciani's earliest professionally commissioned work, composed for a 1973 documentary about the first skiers' descent from Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. Recorded using just a piano and a Buchla synthesizer, Ciani's material is informed by her classical training while demonstrating her zeal for exploring the latest synthesizer technology at the time. Given the context of her career, this recording sounds like a preliminary, less-polished version of the sound she would master at the beginning of the 1980s; indeed, the pleasantly humming piece "Downhill at Last" would be reworked for Ciani's official debut LP, 1982's now-legendary Seven Waves. The sonic landscape here is a combination of brittle coldness and human warmth, perfectly fitting for a film about braving subzero temperatures to scale and ski down a breathtakingly majestic peak. The piano melodies are optimistic yet calm and graceful rather than bursting with pure elation, and they ride atop an inventive array of gauzy synth textures and flickering pulsations. At times, it doesn't sound too far off from the idea of Cluster tackling "Skating" from Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas score. Some pieces are literal interpretations of scenes from the expedition -- the drifting pianos of "Windy Corner" are awash in electronic whooshes, while "The Last Rest" begins with what sounds like either trudging through snow or heavy breathing as one finally reaches a stopping point. "Getting to the Top" is the most abstract, alien piece here, commencing with more frostbitten wind sounds before developing crystalline chimes and a somewhat harsh, whistling drone. A short release at only 21 minutes, Music for Denali nevertheless paints a compelling portrait of a historic scene, and points to the epic peaks Ciani would later reach in her groundbreaking career. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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New Age - Released January 1, 1982 | Seventh Wave

Seven Waves is Suzanne Ciani's first album. She started recording it in 1979, finished it in 1981, and released it in Japan in 1982. The first U.S. release was in 1984. She re-released it in 1995 on Seventh Wave, her own label, named for this CD. She recorded this music on vintage electronic equipment, most of which no longer exists. This set is a conglomeration of Ciani's electronic wizardry, her new age sensitivity, and her innate romanticism. The atmospheres and soundscapes are dense and gentle. Her melodies hover above and within the soundscapes. This is classic e-music and essential listening for all fans of electronic new age music. It evokes responses similar to those evoked by Kitaro, Constance Demby, Nik Tyndall, and Lisa Lynne. © Jim Brenholts /TiVo
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Classical - Released September 3, 2009 | Seventh Wave

Suzanne Ciani's landmark 1984 release Velocity of Love established the noted electronic composer in the U.S. and became one of instrumental/new age radio's early success stories. Together with Vangelis, who contributed keyboards to "Lay Down Beside Me," "Malibuzios," and "History of My Heart," Ciani created a formless, diaphanous record that nevertheless seemed guided by real emotion. There were the subtle pop melodies that flitted about beneath the synthesized surface, certainly. But it was difficult not to hear the album's influential title track and miss the wave of wistful sadness that curled around its brittle melody. It was a deceptively simple piano line that suggested the theme music of some unknown 1970s character drama, the kind where autumn leaves constantly blow through open curtains for effect. At the same time, the song's pulsating bank of synthesizers united its classic qualities with the futuristic tendencies and two-dimensional rayon sheen of the 1980s. While some of its later compositions were a bit overwrought, teetering under the weight of their own keyboard wizardry, Velocity of Love is still essential for any fan of Ciani or the formative days of contemporary instrumental music. © Johnny Loftus /TiVo
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Classical - Released July 17, 1990 | BMG Music

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Classical - Released October 26, 1992 | Private Music

Suzanne Ciani released her first six albums on Peter Baumann's Private Music label. The Private Music of Suzanne Ciani is a collection of some of her favorite compositions from those albums with a bonus of two brand new pieces. This is vintage Ciani. She combines her classical training and her romantic attitudes with new age sensitivities, modern electronics, and sound design expertise to create sensuous atmospheres and seductive soundscapes. This is a CD for candlelit dinners and romantic strolls in the park, on the beach, or -- better yet -- up the stairs. Paul McCartney has a flair for writing "silly love songs," as John Lennon called them. Ciani has a similar knack for creating romantic ambient music. This classic collection will appeal to fans of Lisa Lynne, Nancy Rumbel, and Patricia Spero. © Jim Brenholts /TiVo
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New Age - Released January 1, 2005 | Seventh Wave

Silver Ship is Suzanne Ciani's first album of all-new material since 1999's Turning LP. And like that album, it's a tasteful, often joyful blend of acoustic and electronic instruments, buoyed throughout by Ciani's innate melodic sense. The composer and keyboardist also works with some familiar collaborators, including flutist Matt Eakle, Paul McCandless on reeds, cellist Joe Hébert, guitarist Teja Bell, and bassist Michael Manring. As her earliest releases prove, it's always been Ciani's intention to craft durable songs. That approach elevates her work above the homogeneity that permeates the contemporary instrumental and new age genres at their lowest ebb, and it's no different with Silver Ship. "Sargasso Sea" is a duet between Ciani's piano and the sad-eyed and graceful cello of Hébert, while "Eclipse" perfectly balances solitary contemplation with waves of surging emotion. Not surprisingly, "Open Seas" incorporates some artificially generated ocean swells beneath Eakle's airy flute leads, while opener "For Lise" features one of Ciani's classic melodies -- plaintive, powerfully hopeful, and softly whispered all at once. Silver Ship also takes a few detours, adding percussion and prominent solos from Bell and Eakle for the East African-flavored "Wine Dark Sea" and nodding into a slight new age-jazz cross for "Capri." Also, like Turning, the title track again features vocals. "Silver Ship" is a heartfelt lullaby emboldened by an interestingly vintage-sounding synthesizer tone. Ciani's been at the top of her craft since Velocity of Love in 1984. The crystalline Silver Ship floats there, too. © Johnny Loftus /TiVo
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New Age - Released January 1, 1994 | Seventh Wave

With Dream Suite, Suzanne Ciani decided to return to her acoustic roots. Abandoning synthesizers and enlisting the 70-piece Young Russia Orchestra, Ciani creates a lush, grandiose fusion of classical and new age musical ideas. It's as realized as anything she has ever written, and suggests she would be as comfortable with sweeping film scores as she is with electronic music. © Rodney Batdorf /TiVo
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New Age - Released January 1, 2002 | Seventh Wave

Meditations for Dreams, Relaxation and Sleep is a collection of compositions from Suzanne Ciani for, well, dreams, relaxation, and sleep. Any description of Ciani's music must start with a description of the lady. She is a beautiful woman with a soft heart, a kind soul, and a mischievous smile. She is a brilliant technician, producer, programmer, arranger, and sound designer. She performs all of these functions herself. Most importantly, she is one of the world's leading new age composers and performers -- in the electronic and acoustic realms. Her music is romantic, seductive, warm, and friendly. She has chosen these pieces perfectly. The acoustics and electronics are in complete harmony. This essential collection will appeal to fans of Tim Story, Kitaro, Deuter, Constance Demby, and Lisa Lynne. © Jim Brenholts /TiVo
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New Age - Released January 1, 1995 | Seventh Wave

Ciani's ninth studio recording, like its 1990 prequel Pianissimo, strips bare her classically-inspired pieces for solo piano form. Recorded on a one-of-a-kind Yamaha CFIIIS, a nine-foot, hand-built concert grand, Pianissimo II features piano versions of some of Ciani's most popular songs, including "The Velocity of Love," "Hotel Luna" and "Terra Mesa." Three new songs, including "Princess" and "Longing," accompany the re-worked older material. © Jason Ankeny /TiVo
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New Age - Released January 1, 2003 | Seventh Wave

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New Age - Released January 1, 1999 | Seventh Wave

Suzanne Ciani is one of the classiest new age performers of this -- or any other -- era. Turning is her 11th album and her first to include vocals. The title track has romantic lyrics written by Ciani and performed by Chyi Yu. It is the opening track and it is a grabber. That is a good start and Ciani builds on it strongly. Her classical training and her spiritual sensitivity ooze from every chord and every note on this CD. The gentle melodies are elegant and regal, the atmospheres are soft and warm, and the soundscape is lazy and seductive. And the nicest feature of this CD is Ciani herself. Her smiling countenance on the front of the disc is the first clue. In the liner notes she gives up the mystery: "I make these records firstly for myself...(and) to communicate with whomever will listen...(Turning) was a joy for me to make...for me and for you." Any work created with that 12-step philosophy is a guaranteed winner. This is an essential new age classic. It will appeal to fans of Lisa Lynne, Nancy Rumbel, Constance Demby, and Dean Evenson. © Jim Brenholts /TiVo
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New Age - Released January 1, 2001 | Seventh Wave Productions

Suzanne Ciani made her career in the world of electronic music, but likes to return to the acoustic keyboard now and again. This is the third installment of the pianist/composer's solo recordings. This is soft music meant to relax and uplift the listener. Featured here are not only new pieces, but also past earlier compositions reworked with new arrangements. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Electronic - Released September 2, 2016 | Finders Keepers Records

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Experimental - Released June 7, 2019 | Finders Keepers Records

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Classical - Released December 6, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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New Age - Released January 1, 1997 | Seventh Wave Productions

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 10, 2017 | Finders Keepers Records

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Classical - Released December 6, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)