La Bella Vista

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
La Bella Vista captures two impromptu performances from minimalist ambient guru Harold Budd. Playing solo on a vintage Steinway piano during two friendly gatherings, Budd created improvisational passages that danced across the air, not knowing that Adam Samuels and his friend Daniel Lanois were recording the sessions. At turns noirish and deeply emotional, these ten slices of piano poetry express the depth of Budd's humanity and work a powerful magic over any patient music lover. While Budd's piano might appear overly melancholic as background music, it sparkles with wit and happiness on closer listens. He does allow many somber notes to linger in the air, but his ...
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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
La Bella Vista captures two impromptu performances from minimalist ambient guru Harold Budd. Playing solo on a vintage Steinway piano during two friendly gatherings, Budd created improvisational passages that danced across the air, not knowing that Adam Samuels and his friend Daniel Lanois were recording the sessions. At turns noirish and deeply emotional, these ten slices of piano poetry express the depth of Budd's humanity and work a powerful magic over any patient music lover. While Budd's piano might appear overly melancholic as background music, it sparkles with wit and happiness on closer listens. He does allow many somber notes to linger in the air, but his nimble-fingered flourishes work like pastel bridges over these voids. The song titles could not be more appropriate. The sprightly sweet tones of "Other Flowers," for example, might cause one to reminisce about running through a field of flowers as a child, while "Her Face" might score a film where two lovers attempt to leave behind past scorn and rediscover their each other. Looking past the abstract surface of Budd's cascading waterfall of piano notes, this is an album born of introspection that reveals and unravels the minds in its audience. On par with Budd's work with Brian Eno during Eno's ambient glory days, La Bella Vista paints new emotional worlds each time it's approached.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663037326
  • Catalog Number: 30373

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bell Tower (2:00)
  2. 2 Campanile (3:44)
  3. 3 The Rose (3:25)
  4. 4 Stones (2:56)
  5. 5 Her Face (3:29)
  6. 6 Children's Games Beyond Our Reach (2:10)
  7. 7 The Avenue (3:18)
  8. 8 Bird Charmer (2:57)
  9. 9 Other Flowers (4:05)
  10. 10 Il Leopardo Delle Nevi (10:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harold Budd Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Harold Budd Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Daniel Lanois Producer, Liner Notes, Cover Photo
Adam Samuels Producer, Engineer
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