YARUMA: River Flows In You – Jeroen van Veen, piano = Brilliant 2 CDs 95069 [Distr. by Naxos] ****:
A nice New Age double-CD package.
Lee Ru-ma (YARUMA) is South Korean and studied in the UK. His music has been variously described as contemporary classical, New Age and minimalist. His simple pop instrumental songs sound almost like outtakes from the floor of Michel LeGrand. His music is frequently compared with that of Ludovico Einaudi. The notable song melodies are distinctive, different from most other New Age piano solos. Yaruma has millions of fans, and his music allows the listener to relax and unwind. Its simplicity for both the listener and performer is a part of its unpretentious nature.
Jeroen van Veen has also recorded albums of the piano works of Einaudi, Satie, and himself. He runs several European music festivals and is active in the Two Piano Competition based in Miami, Florida. There are 41 tracks on these two CDs.