I adore this CD. I've always been a Billy Joel fan...but when I first heard a bit of this on NPR when it very first came out...I knew I had to have it. All these years later it is still on constant rotation in my CD player. It is definitely one of my all time favorite album of songs. I'd love it if he did another classical CD.
As a classical billy was awesome and its the major thing about his popularity. online printing
As a classical fan this album is AWESOME. Waltz # 1 (Nunley's Carousel) is my favorite.
why didn’t Billy play the music he composed.
These are beautiful melodic piano pieces written mostly in the style of 'Romantic' era compostions, except for the 'Invention' which is a baroque excercise. I can hear the thematic fragments that might otherwise have become songs like Joel used to write. It's a very interesting insight into the mind of a master talent. The suite 'Star-Crossed' #6 -9 is obviously a descriptive journey through a doomed love affair. The chronological date of this composition leads me to believe that this was a musical commentary about his relationship with Trish Bergin. And I can hear a very melancholy longing for his daughter in 'Soliloquy'. 'Air'(Dublinesque) sounds like a completed song without words - quite similar to 'Londonderry Air' (Danny Boy). Altogether a wonderful collection of piano music.