To date, this is my absolute favorite piece out of any NGADM.
The piano starts off solitary, which captures and holds my attention. It’s very natural-sounding, organic, and emotional. There’s even a theme that you follow consistently and this is where you demonstrate your amazing musical prowess – the strings come in and blow me away. As analogy: We’re on the ground first, walking slowly, and these strings gently lift us and soar. I truly see a Miyazaki-type animation when I hear this, as you have a knack for painting colorful and fantastical landscapes with your sounds.
You never seem to stick in one place, either, but that’s an amazing thing here; you continue to rein in different chords, and weave this tapestry of introspection, love, hesitance, and gratification. The piano is ever-changing and the strings move right along with it, sort of like the extending fins of a fish swimming gracefully (lots of analogies, so sorry).
The production value is amazing. It sounds like you were playing all of this yourself at one point in a symphony hall, or at least were the conductor of several people. The piano is bright, but not overbearing. The strings are warm, but not shrill. You command everything effortlessly and I would not add or take away a single thing.
I think the only thing that bothered me was the ending, which is why I took off a little – I would have loved to hear more, and it seemed like you might have cut it short due to time constraints. It was a rather short piece, but even then, it was beautiful, evocative, and poignant. There’s an air of mystery that surrounds this song, as well – if you have time, I would love to hear your motivation/inspiration for this piece, as one could place it anywhere in a film and instantly make the scene meaningful. Thank you for this, Silver!
NGADM Round One Score: 9.8