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Dustin O'Halloran is an American pianist/composer who has
made a gentle and haunting contribution to the listening
world with his new album 'Lumiere'. The music is, indeed,
full of light of many kinds. Whether in the gorgeously
glowing strings and tuned percussion supporting the piano
on opening track 'A Great Divide'; or in stripped-down but
no-less intense keyboard inventions like 'Opus 44', these
pieces gnaw away quietly at our senses until they take up
residence in our spirit (and this truly is spiritual music!)

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble are to be congratulated
as much as the creator of these nine beautiful compositions for their
luminous elaboration and decoration of the core thematic material.
For example, the string playing on 'Quartet N.2', a deeply moving
threnody of quasi-Baroque sensibility, is simply sublime.

Final track 'Snow and Light' has a quiet passion which almost burns!
You will hear fewer things more beautiful than this in one lifetime.

Essential.
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on 16 January 2012
Dustin O'Halloran's CD is one of my favourite 2011 albums. Minimalistic yet very beautiful compositions for piano and strings. Some of the tracks, like "We Move Lightly", despite being quite simple in their form, melody and harmony, are mesmerizing. On the downside, in my view, is the production that is everything but immaculate. Nevertheless a must have. And recommended to people into Ketil Bjornstad, Sylvain Chauveau, Nils Frahm or some of Michael Nyman's works, like "The Piano" OST.
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on 20 January 2014
Already reviewed An American Love Affair (which is an excellent album). This album is my personal favorite out of the four purchased. The first track "Great Divide" is simply divine. Anyone who appreciates piano as an instrument cannot fault Dustin as a composer and a talented pianist.
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on 19 July 2015
Great album and Dustin O'Halloran does not let you down.
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on 4 October 2011
Play a similar piece from "Very Best of Arvo Part" (EMI) and you can hear the difference in quality of the recording. While Part's piano could almost be in your living room, O'Halloran's is elsewhere under an old carpet. Pity, as the music is beautiful.
OK, 3.5 then.
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on 5 January 2014
As often when i'me on your site i look to see if any new CD's from artists which i follow have released something new. As in the case of Ludovico Einaudi. Ludovico technique is diffinitly not Ludovico Einaudi! I bought the CD, "the pig in the sack" as they say in Sweden; without listeninging beforehand. This was a big mistake! A mistake i have made with you on too many earlier occasions. If there was a way to listen to CD's Before hand then i wouldn't continually be making this mistake and would be buying more CD's from you. As it is i'me out on other sites to listen beforehand, unfortunatly they often times don't have the CD'd imé interested in. Call it what you will but i call it bad costomer service.
Sincerly, John Biddle
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