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Snowlight: A Christmas Memory
Reviewed By Darla Bower, Enlightened Piano Radio
SnowLight A Christmas Memory is a festive kick-off to the fast approaching Christmas holiday season. This album is a combination of Mrs. Tredeau’s arrangements of traditional Christmas carols and her own compositions. This album boasts of melodic rearrangements of favorite Christmas carols but yet invokes a joyful reflection of Christmas season’s past and present with delicate enticement. Each piece has a surprising and different interpretation of classic Christmas carols while showcasing gentle artistry. Several of my favorite Christmas carols are found in this seasonal presentation. The title and CD cover give the impression of fond memories of Christmas past. I am told the photo was developed by Mrs. Tredeau’s son. Each arrangement was appealing to me for their quiet melodic structure and “playability” which will appeal to both music students and musicians alike.
There are several carols on SnowLight that stood out to me. The first track and also the title track of the CD is a wistfully sweet melodic composition. SnowLight begins by whispering a gentle treble flow and continues to give the picture of rhythmic falling snow throughout. I think this piece will become a favorite to play and enjoy year-round. SnowLight lights the way into a magical music journey. My absolute favorite on this CD is Hark the Herald Angels Sing – the intro in this piece foretells an unexpected arrangement of this carol in B flat Major. I loved it! Pines Dressed in Winter evoked the image of pine tree’s flocked with snow even though Mrs. Tredeau said she wrote this piece in the middle of summer. The song does give the listener the imagery that was intended flowing into the upper register which reminded me of tall snow laden pine trees. Colors of a Winter Night is a song about the Northern Lights from her time spent living in Alaska. This piece captures the brilliant colors of each note played in F minor giving a musical portrait of the Northern Lights—loved this one as well. Mrs. Tredeau’s use of both the upper and lower register throughout this CD really drew me in as a listener.
This project has been a wonderful and amazing experience according to Mrs. Tredeau. While doing Christmas arrangements for her students, she decided to do her own compositions and arrangements for a Christmas album. I am so glad she did! This delightful CD will be a welcomed addition to any friend or family gathering of Christmas celebration or even for quiet reflection of holiday solitude. I highly recommend this CD. SnowLight A Christmas Memory is available at: lynntredeau.com, Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes. ‘Tis the season to turn up the volume and enjoy SnowLight A Christmas Memory.