Michael Schlief: Clouds and silver linings

Track listing

  1. Onto the Journey
  2. When Summer's Finally Over
  3. Last Peace of the Picture
  4. Circling of the Question Lark
  5. The Wisdom of the Children
  6. Hickory (The Southern Caress)
  7. Unendlich sanft in seinen Handen (Rilke's tune)
  8. Ninefold Nightfall (The Fir Wood)
  9. Reflections on a Quiet Lake
  10. Comfort in Calm
  11. Breezin' With George
  12. One Hand In Melody
  13. I Saw Roses For the First Time
  14. Going Back Home
  15. Vom Beten - Das Vaterunser / Lord's Prayer


Michael Schlierf started playing piano at the age of 5. Beginning with a classical education he later decided to learn jazz piano. Since 1985 he studied jazz and popular music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.

As an enthusiastic aficionado of instrumental music - Michael Schlierf lets the music do the talking. This can be felt in the music of his compositions - that language that begins where words start to fail. Stockfisch-Records releases a wonderful SACD album with 14 of his pieces arranged for several instruments: besides the piano you'll hear string quartet, oboe, cor Anglais, flute, clarinet and harp plus saxophone, guitar, dobro, bass and drums.

"Michael Schlierf‘s first CD for Stockfisch is called Clouds and Silver Linings. It’s the music itself that makes that idiom’s double meaning transparent. On one level it deals with clouds and light, broad daylight and the dark at nightfall – nature around us and at the core of our being.

Nature whose acts artists of all times have seen as a mirror and a symbol of inner life. This is not different in this music depicting an emotional journey from its outset and the passage through darkness to the happy ending in the light.

Change is not something Michael Schlierf exactly has to look for. As a pianist who on one day plays with Johannes Heesters and another day plays at the Olympics, he is more likely to find change when at home with his family . That’s exactly what this artist does. His family, his home in Southern Germany from which he sets out for concert tours and his Christian faith are the things that give him energy.

Michael Schlierf lets his music do the talking. That’s impressive enough. This man doesn’t need any tricks. One being able to let the ebony and ivory of the piano express his emotions in such a compelling way is evidently guided by a power whose presence is evident in the music – a language which begins where normal language ends."


[ Format: SACD ]

[ Cost: R265.00 ]

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