Sometimes a book comes along which I enjoy playing from so much, I forget to actually write the review! Perhaps that is the greatest endorsement? Peaceful Piano Playlist Revisited has been on and off the top of the piano for about two months. I think this is a good thing! I think I’m correct in saying this is the third volume in the Peaceful Piano Playlist series, and some of you may remember I reviewed the Christmas edition in 2022.
I really like these books because in many ways, they do just what they say on the tin. You’d be surprised how many books I’m sent for review which don’t do that! Peaceful Piano Playlist Revisited presents:
“a chilled collection of peaceful piano solos for the intermediate pianist. Inspired by the popular Peaceful Piano playlists available on streaming services, it features pieces such as The Light She Brings by Joep Beving, I due fiumi by Ludovico Einaudi, and By The Still Waters by Amy Beach.”
Usually when I write reviews like this, I pick out all the pieces I enjoyed most, but I found that really difficult here! Not because the selection was so bad, but because it was so good! There’s a real mixture of pieces here, many of which I didn’t know, though I’m starting to see some familiar names popping up having reviewed the other volumes. It’s really hard to put a label on the styles of music included here. There are some classical pieces such as Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1 and Ravel’s Menuet, but these are very much in the minority. There are pieces by well-known contemporary composers such as Einaudi and Richter. There are also pieces by composers I know have written music for film and television. There’s a real mixture, and one which has been very well selected.
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So on balance, I think I’ll steer clear of labels, and let the music speak for itself. This is a relaxing volume of music to enjoy playing. It’s full of pieces you can lose yourself in, which is perhaps why it’s taken me so long to review it. It’s billed as being for the intermediate pianist, a term often hard to define. I’d say that the majority of pieces in this book will suit pianists of around Grades 4-6. As is so often the case with music like this, it does need a good control of tone, and a well-developed touch. That means that even the deceptively simpler pieces require precision and skill. There’s little to hide behind.
Overall, this book has been a joy. I’m proud to own all three books in the series, and whilst I’ve enjoyed playing from them, I’ve also enjoyed recommending them to my own piano students. They are absolutely fantastic value too. Peaceful Piano Playlist Revisited contains 30 solos which works out at less than 50p a piece.
If you’re looking for some relaxing music to lose yourself in, this book won’t disappoint, and you’ll make lots of great new discoveries along the way. I hope it stays on the top of your piano at least as long as it’s stayed one mine.
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Peaceful Piano Playlist Revisited is published by Faber Music, ISBN 9780571542451, RRP £13.99.
I was sent a review copy of this book free of charge; however, this review is my honest opinion as a teacher. You can find my Reviews Policy here.
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