Songs of Leaving
Angelo Rapân began his musical journey at the early age of 4 being tutored by his Mother, a classical musician. At the age of 6 he was accepted into the prestigious George Enescu Music Academy in his native Romania. In Romania when Angelo was thirteen, his parents encouraged him to continue his studies in Spain when the political climate worsened in Romania. Up until this time he had studied near his family. He went on to earn a degree in Music Performance at Conservatoir Royal de Bruxelles in Belgium and continued in the classical music field in both Europe and the US. Mr. Rapân has a very versatile and interesting music background worthy of further inquiry. His unique musical journey spans several countries. This journey is coupled with an impressive music repertoire that far extends his classical roots. Woven throughout this album I could hear the influence of several masters such as Rachmaninov coupled with the emotionality of Chopin. Out of life experiences and collaboration with the acclaimed production/engineering team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, Songs of Leaving was created.
According to Mr. Rapân, his inspiration for Songs of Leaving was nature, mountain folk tales when visiting his Grandparents in Transylvania, and life experiences. His music tells an enchanting piano story. What an amazing journey this classical pianist has embarked on in his life and this journey is beautifully portrayed in his debut album. [continue]
~ Darla Bower
Enlightened Piano Radio
Featured Article excerpt: Pianist and composer Angelo Rapan recently released his debut album, Songs of Leaving. This work, which blends new age with a strictly classical background, tells story about the struggle –and the resolution– associated with departures from one’s home country. It is quite autobiographical: after spending his childhood in Bucharest and then moving to Spain, to Belgium, to the United States and Hong Kong, Rapan has now found a home in Memphis, Tennessee (Great music scene, by the way, he remarks).
He has been playing the piano since the age of four, mainly influenced by his mother and siblings. A longtime believer in improvisation, he used music to overcome shyness when he was a kid: “When they asked me to say something, I was “I am not telling you, but I am playing it for you,” he told us. [continue]
Featured Article excerpt: The subtitle under Angelo Râpan’s name on his website reads: “Musical Versatility.” This is a bit of an understatement concerning the talents of this Romanian-born pianist/composer, whose musical repertoire expands beyond his classical roots, encompassing music theatre, opera, music for dance, Argentine tango, world music, and with the latest chapter in his life, which he describes as, “contemporary instrumental music of a reflective, soothing nature.” Although this diversity is not surprising considering that Angelo is truly a citizen of the world … [continue]
~ Michael Diamond
Music & Media Focus
Angelo Râpan has released his album Songs of Leaving and with that successfully weaved a tapestry of instrumental tales of the heart.
“Remember” is the focus track and my initial thoughts are similar to what Will Ackerman said about the artist. He transfers his mind, body and soul through his fingers to make beautiful and moving music.
Like a clear running stream of cool water ready for consumption he lets his fingers do all the talking. His message to us is to “Remember” who you are, where you have been and where you are going. Listen and you will be able to relate easily!
Rating 5/5 Stars
Angelo Rapan inhabits the smallest ecosystem known to musicians: The place where heart and mind are perfectly in balance. Angelo comes to us from years of training and discipline to a place where his skills are immediately and dramatically apparent. What makes him stand apart, however, is the passion of his composition and performance which force us to encounter him on an emotional level far beyond what mere skill can provide. Those skills are certainly breathtaking, and his composition unique, but ultimately it is what he has to tell us of a life deeply and richly lived that matters.
~ Will Ackerman
Angelo Rapan’s successful career as both a classical pianist and music director could scarcely predict how self-assured and accomplished his debut recording as a new player and the contemporary instrumental arena would be. The latest page in the book of his life has culminated in his collaboration with acclaimed production / engineering team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. This album represent a return of sort for the once shy Romanian boy who was more comfortable playing his own music than talking. His inner journey to explore music as a way of telling his life’s story, communication what it was like for him to endure his early struggles and finally find peace and fulfillment. Songs of Leaving display not only his considerable talent for weaving classical influence into his piano subtlety and nuance or a commanding presence in drama and passion.
~ BIll Binkelman