"I can't imagine anyone really listening to this music without being powerfully moved." - Kathy Parsons,

1. Earth From A Distance  3:03
2. Opening In The Sky  6:41
3. For A Friend  2:11
4. Ode To The Sun  5:07
5. Those Moments  4:46
6. Pamela's Song  4:03
7. At Sea  8:42
8. Children's Song  2:06
9. First Days Of Spring  3:36
10. Hymn For The Ancestors  3:15
11. Scarborough Fair  5:09
12. Reverence  2.56

Total playing time: 51:35

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  • Reverence is the seventh solo piano album from Ralph Zurmühle, one of my all-time favorite pianist/composers! The twelve tracks on the album are "dedicated to different aspects of life that inspire awe and raise our souls above these turbulent times" (quoting Ralph). The liner notes for the album include a quote by Native American, Black Elk, that underlines Ralph's intentions with this music: "Peace will come to the hearts of men when they realize their oneness with the universe. It is everywhere." As was true of Ralph's previous albums, much of the music on Reverence is on the quieter, more contemplative side and is incredibly expressive as well as deeply emotional. I can't imagine anyone really listening to this music without being powerfully moved.

    Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Ralph Zurmühle discovered his natural ability for the piano at the age of five and was trained in jazz and classical piano in Zurich and Liechtenstein. He graduated from the University of Zurich with a Master of Law degree and passed the bar exam two years later. He worked as an attorney for the next ten years and also started composing music for film and theater productions during that time. In 1999, Ralph resigned from his law practice, packed up all of his belongings and moved to Spain, where he still resides. While there, he dedicated himself entirely to the piano and released his first album, Between, in 2000. He has received many awards for his recordings and film scores and recently released a live studio album on vinyl. 

    Reverence begins with "Earth From a Distance," a piece inspired by a photo of Earth rising over the lunar horizon as Apollo 8 completed the first manned mission behind the far side of the Moon in 1968. A very simple and reverent melody floats throughout the piece with a quiet repeated chord progression behind it, expressing feelings of awe and wonder - gorgeous! "Opening In the Sky" is darker and more mysterious. It begins simply, and as it evolves, a variety of themes are introduced - some very open and some more dramatic and complex, telling an amazing story throughout. Relaxed and soothing at the beginning, "Ode To the Sun" seems to go from the sweet warmth of the sun on a spring afternoon to a blazing summer or desert heat. "Those Moments" is deeply reflective and introspective - a favorite! At nearly nine minutes, "At Sea" tells a compelling story that begins with an almost mournful melody and a feeling of tragedy or great loss. This part of the piece is so spare, but expresses so much. The second theme is also very dark and ominous with a rolling broken-chord rhythm and cross-overs into the deep bass of the piano. The piece is livelier and more adventurous in this section, but is still very sad. The first theme returns to end this amazing piece - my favorite on the album. "Children's Song" couldn't be more different from "At Sea" with its lively, playful energy and sense of fun! It's a really nice contrast and demonstrates just how nimble Ralph's playing can be. "Scarborough Fair" has been one of my favorite songs since Simon and Garfunkel recorded it in 1966, but the song actually dates back to medieval times. Ralph's solo piano arrangement is heartfelt! The last track on the album is the title track which is something of a theme and variations as well as a beautiful expression of wonder, awe and gratitude. What a fantastic album!

    Reverence is available to order from Ralph Zurmühle's website, Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming sites including Spotify. The sheet music can also be downloaded from Ralph's website. It's still early in 2024, but this will definitely be one of my favorite albums of the year! Don't miss it!

    Kathy Parsons,
  • The cover art of pianist Ralph Zurmühle’s new album Reverence, a view of a waning image of earth from the moon, says it all. The music is just the evidence. World renowned pianist Zurmühle is Swiss, but his subject matter is universal. Music for silent movies, contemporary and classical works as well as filmscores are just part of his repertoire. I had the satisfaction of reviewing two of his previous releases As Time Passes and Reflections and I suggest you listen to them for reference and pleasure. Reverence is a twelve track work of contemporary solo piano that acknowledges all that we as human beings hold in high regard or stand in awe of in our everyday lives. There are also other events and small miracles that we need to remember.   

    The opening tune is called Earth From a Distance. The view as I mentioned before is from the moon. How can any human take a breath while watching this spectacular view? Zurmühle’s tune is measured and musically eloquent. The melody is synchronized with the rotation of the planet. As you listen, your heart rate slows, your focus widens as you breathe with intention. It is the very definition of mindfulness.   
    Did you ever think what if? Opening in the Sky is bittersweet in tone, but powerful in nature. Ralph’s music is the background to a cloud filled night sky concealing a universe of starlight behind it. You look up and suddenly there they are. The stars like twinkling jewels reminding you that every star is a sun. And perhaps, every sun has a planet. And every planet has people like us. This is a song for dreamers.   
    Those Moments is a warm, nostalgic ballad with a delicate melody that is best shared with another. It is rainy day together under an umbrella song or a table for one that makes your knees touch and your heart ache song. It is a song for lovers when they look back and remember when. Ralph’s theme is gentle and sweet.    
    At Sea is a serious tune. Waves of sound wash to the shore as if produced by a pendulum of salty motion. There is something very dark in Zurmühle’s dirge that conjures up the aftermath of a terrible storm and some dreadful event. Whose life has crashed upon the craggy shore and presumed lost on this night? You can almost taste the tang of salt in this composition. 
    First days of Spring is playing while I literally enjoy the prima verde in my country. Like the tentative growth of new leaves, the tune creeps upward until it forms a music shape in your mind. It is soon joined by other fresh, new growth. In this scenario every piano note is a seed and thanks to this bright, sun filled expressive tune we soon have a garden. Or a meadow. Or even a forest.
    One of the more poignant and sensitive tunes on Reverence is Ralph’s offering of Scarborough Fair, a well-known refrain that has been covered by countless duos and groups over the years. What started out as a traditional English folk song becomes a beautiful aire under Ralph’s finely-calibrated solo piano. Each echoing note is a footstep taking by a comely lass that lives only in dreams.   
    Reverence is respectfully beautiful, but not in a churchly way. Just a hand on your heart, a bow of the head perhaps, and a moment or two of deep thought. The tune is like a slow march representing a journey back into memories of a life well lived, a life respected. Sometimes you can’t put into words the feelings that you have for another, a friend, a colleague, a lost love, but Ralph seems to manage handily putting all that sentiment into his elegant music.  
    Other songs include For a Friend, Ode to the Sun, Pamela’s Song, Children’s Song, and Hymn for the Ancestors. Every tune on the album seems to strike the right chord (no pun intended) when it comes to respect and appreciation of everyday things and not so everyday things that generate wonder and reverence down to our very souls. Pick a song, sit back, and listen, and let the music fine tune your thoughts. This music makes it effortless and uncomplicated. Excellent. 
       R J Lannan,