Michael Schlierf – Clouds and Silver Linings (2010/2021) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Michael Schlierf – Clouds and Silver Linings (2010/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:00:47 minutes | 654 MB | Genre: Jazz, Folk, Classical Crossover
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Stockfisch Records

The thoroughbred musician Michael Schlierf is at home on many stages and in many musical genres. Sound worlds full of musical images, but also full of rousing grooves emerge when the pianist and composer strides down the entire space of a rich emotional cosmos with the keys of the grand piano. Moods between cheerful joie de vivre and subdued melancholy are communicated to the listener in immediately tangible authenticity. Michael Schlierf’s first CD for Stockfisch is called Clouds and Silver Linings. It is the music itself that fills this phrase with double meaning. On the one hand there are clouds and light, sun and night – the nature that is around us and within us. And whose work in the outer world artists have always interpreted as a mirror and symbol of inner experience. This is also the case in this music, which describes an inner journey from departure and the way through the dark to the good end in the light. With this recording, one could also underlie the usual designation of what constitutes the spectacular final note of this exceptional album. Bonus track is too banal for the last sound recording of Heinz Rühmann, who reads the Vater Unser here. But that’s exactly what it is: bonus well. An exceptional musician, who on fourteen pieces without words gives the magic of a deep, rich and touching music that is as believable as Michael Schlierf himself.


1. Michael Schlierf – Onto the Journey
2. Michael Schlierf – When Summer’s Finally Over
3. Michael Schlierf – Last Peace of the Picture
4. Michael Schlierf – Circling of the Question Lark
5. Michael Schlierf – The Wisdom of the Children
6. Michael Schlierf – Hickory (The Southern Caress)
7. Michael Schlierf – unendlich sanft in seinen Händen (Rilke’s Tune)
8. Michael Schlierf – Ninefold Nightfall (The Fir Wood)
9. Michael Schlierf – Reflections on a Quiet Lake
10. Michael Schlierf – Comfort in Calm
11. Michael Schlierf – Breezin’ with George
12. Michael Schlierf – One Hand in Melody
13. Michael Schlierf – I Saw Roses for the First Time
14. Michael Schlierf – Going Back Home
15. Michael Schlierf – Vom Beten – das Vaterunser / Lord ‘s Prayer