Mixed Genre: Classical Crossover, Classical, Romatic Ballad, Adult Contemporary, World Music, Relaxation, Originals, Vocal
Solitary Treasures, produced by Grammy Award Winner Darlene Koldenhoven, reveals the remarkable depth of musicianship and talent of this music industry pro who not only delivers her Grammy-winning vocals for this album, but arranged, orchestrated, played piano and keyboards, sang harmonies, even engineered and programmed eight out of twelve tracks and composed three of them on this her seventh album on her indie label, TimeArt Recordings.
Vocally, lyrically, musically, Solitary Treasures opens a trove of passion, drama, intrigue, love, longing, guidance, gentleness, heartland and hope, set with elements of classical, classical crossover, romantic ballad, adult contemporary pop, world music and Darlene’s compelling originals. As the title suggests, each piece truly is a gem unto its own spectacular qualities, unique yet complimenting each other as a whole – like a playlist for seekers of a beautiful, deep listening and extraordinarily moving experience.
From the triumphant operatic opener, the tenor aria by Puccini from Turandot, “Nessun Dorma,” to Darlene’s riveting commemorative original “Remember Me” featuring rock guitar solo, there is singing and music of wild abandon to moments of deep reflection. Manuel Alejandro’s “Ay Carino,” sung in Spanish with its infectious Latin rhythms, dances it way to the innocently and sultrily sung “A Celtic American Treasury,” a medley Darlene arranged to include “Down by the Salley Gardens,” “Shenandoah,” and “The Water is Wide” with a little Americana instrumental of her own. The charming Italian classical crossover ‘aria’ “Lo Specchio” (The Mirror) by Kevin Malpass, Chris Neil & Julia Velo dresses the stage with Darlene’s beautiful coloratura solo singing and deliberate, lyrical phrasing. Darlene’s arrangement of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” is sung with a pop flare and is enhanced with curious instrumental twists and classical choirs of children and adults bridging on a grand crescendo before settling back into the native groove of the song. The grander, romantic songs “All I Am,” by Kevin Malpass & Catherine Porter, “The Last Words You Said” by Richard Marx & Janey Clewer, and Darlene’s arrangement of the song she sang on The Young and the Restless, “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot by David Foster & Carole Bayer-Sager, are breathtaking standouts. “Clair de lune for Bella’s Lullaby” sweetly introduces the stellar and only vocalise on this album for “Bella’s Lullaby” from the hit soundtrack for Twilight; the voice and piano arranged by Darlene with orchestra. Darlene arranged the familiar Debussy piano piece as the vocalise introduction to the Burwell piece. The one exclusively instrumental piece, “Lucid See,” is like drifting off to the sound of relaxing surf, showcasing Darlene’s talent for melodic instrumental composition and performance on piano. Mike Miller dazzles on all the various guitars performed on the album – acoustic, electric, cavaquino, banjo, and dobro. Chris Bleth appears on oboe, Terry Glenny –violin, Jimbo Ross –viola, and Nika Ross –cello. Steve Shepherd’s creative mixing blended it all together seamlessly and dynamically and Ron Bousted’s final mastering touch gave it that shiny ambience. Solitary Treasures –a work of art from alpha to omega.
Solitary Treasures 10/10/11 is the third album by Darlene Koldenhoven created and recorded within the first nine months of 2011 beginning with the 17 song, classical voice and piano, Angel on Ivories 2/11/11 followed by the uplifting, inspirational and relaxing Inspired by a True Story 6/28/11. Broadcasters worldwide voted Darlene’s previous two albums #1 in 2007, Infinite Voice Best Vocal Album and Heavenly Peace Best Holiday Album.
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"Solitary Treasures is an absorbing and exhilarating listening experience that never lets up from beginning to end. . . . Rarely have I been so captivated by a singer throughout an entire album . . . Every song on this CD is a stunner, thanks to Koldenhoven's golden voice, the impeccable musicianship, the high technical quality of the recordings, and the pedigree of many of the tunes. No matter your musical taste, this is really a winner."
–Raj Monaharen, RajReviews, February 26, 2012
" . . . Listening to her for the first time literally brought tears to my eyes. There is a reason her singing has been compared to a voice of angels . . . it was a joy and I really do believe Darlene Koldenhoven may be an angel on earth after all . . . Key Tracks: Nessun Dorma From Turandot, Bella’s Lullaby From Twilight, Remember Me"
–Dana Wright Muzikreviews.com Staff, January 23, 2012
"Darlene's unique and beautiful interpretations of classical and modern songs, along with her original pieces, creates an unparalleled musical experience. From producing to vocals, she has presented a solid album without sacrificing her vision. Another great piece from Darlene Koldenhoven. Las interpretaciones de Darlene tanto de sus canciones como de las clasicas generan una experiencia sin igual. Su version de "Ay Cariño" es esquisita. Darlene hace uso de su experiencia y su talento para generar una maravillosa interpretacion de la cancion. Otro gran disco de Darlene."
–Gustavo Borner. Multi-Latin Grammy Award-Winning
". . . sensational voice . . . Solitary Treasures is a fine showcase for Darlene Koldenhoven - both as vocalist and as a musician - and it does make you wonder why one of the major record labels hasn't discovered her and helped her become an international star. For British readers: if you like Katherine Jenkins then you are so going to love Darlene Koldenhoven. Highly recommended."
–John M. Peters, The Borderland UK 3/7/12
"Een wonderlijke excursie in opera, pop en alles wat daar tussenin ligt. This is Darlene Koldenhoven at her best. A treasure trove of crossover tracks, all brought wiht the highest of standard. Remarkable, although usually I'm not into classical music."
–Patrick Van de Wiele, Keys and Chords,
The Netherlands 2/2/2012
"Solitary Treasures is a masterpiece by one of the most truly remarkable vocal talents I have heard in quite a while . . . It is a rare gift to be able to cover such diverse musical terrain and to do it all so exceedingly well. As the title implies, there is treasure to be found within the tracks of this exceptional recording – and not just in the music, but in the motivation behind it as well..."
–Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus, 2/2/2012
"Darlene Koldenhoven is a person of many talents. In addition to being a superb singer, she is a musical dramatist, arranger, keyboard player and a 'musical painter' of wonderful musical moods. She is also extremely sensitive, and her heart is in every tune."
–Patrick Williams. Composer,
2 GRAMMY Awards & 16 Nominations,
4 Emmy Awards, Oscar Nominee, Pulitzer Prize Nominee
"The thing I have always liked best about Darlene Koldenhoven’s voice is its velvety roundness. Many sopranos have, by default, a pronounced high end while the mids and lows fade out fast. Darlene’s voice has the weight of a contralto but the rangy highs of a coloratura."
–Morgan Ames, Producer, Arranger, Singer,
Founder, The Inner Voices
"Exceptional new vocal album . . . with a wonderful sense of balance from the first to the last song."
–John P. Olsen, New Age Music World, March 24, 2012
Solitary Treasures • Produced by Darlene Koldenhoven
Titles, Times, Writers, Publishers, Performers • Total Running Time: 46:12
Darlene Koldenhoven: All Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Arrangements
Keyboards, Instrumental Arrangements, Programming & Performance on tracks 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12
1. Nessun Dorma from Turandot (1924) 3:37 – Giacomo Puccini ©2011 DarSongs Music, ASCAP • Track Performance & Programming: Jim McMillan • Introduction Track Arrangement & Performance by Darlene Koldenhoven
2. Lo Specchio 3:13 – Kevin Malpass, Chris Neil, Julia Velo; ©2008 Stage Three/BMG Rights, 63 Songs/Catalyst Music, Overlook Italia • Track Arrangement & Performance: Kevin Malpass
3. Clair de lune for Bella’s Lullaby :58 from Suite Bergamasque (1905) – Claude Debussy arranged by Darlene Koldenhoven ©2011 DarSongs Music, ASCAP • Track Arrangement & Performance: Darlene Koldenhoven
4. Bella’s Lullaby from Twilight 2:16 – Carter Burwell ©2008 Rimutaka Music Publishing, ASCAP • Track Arrangement & Performance: Darlene Koldenhoven
5. Kiss From a Rose 5:15 – Samuel Seal ©1994 SPZ Music Inc., BMI • Track Arrangement & Performance: Darlene Koldenhoven • Acoustic, Electric, & Cavaquino Guitars: Mike Miller • Oboe: Chris Bleth • Children’s Choir: Lexie Hofer, Zoriah Eslin, Saphira Howell, Camila Leon, Amanda Korris • Adult Choir: Darlene Koldenhoven, Christine Gutter, Marla Douglas, Donna Medine, Lexie Hofer, David Joyce, Todd Honeycutt, Bob Joyce, Roger Freeland
6. All I Am 4:16 – Kevin Malpass & Catherine Porter ©2008 Copyright Control, ASCAP/Copyright Control, ASCAP • Track Arrangement & Performance: Kevin Malpass
7. Ay Carino 4:13 – Manuel Alejandro ©2008 Universal Music-Careers, BMI / SGAE • Track Adaptation: Doug Lenier, Steve Shepherd • Acoustic & Cavaquino Guitars: Mike Miller • Background Vocals: Darlene Koldenhoven, Terry Wood, Leyla Hoyle • Spanish Diction Coaches: Tony Gueffen, Enrique Elizondo
8. A Celtic American Treasury: Down by the Salley Gardens, Shenandoah, The Water is Wide 5:04 – Celtic & American Traditional arranged by Darlene Koldenhoven ©2011 DarSongs Music, ASCAP • Track Arrangement & Performance: Darlene Koldenhoven • Guitar, Dobro, Banjo: Mike Miller
9. Lucid See 4:06 – Darlene Koldenhoven ©2011 DarSongs Music, ASCAP • Track Arrangement & Performance, Quartz Singing Bowls: Darlene Koldenhoven • Guitar: Mike Miller
10. The Last Words You Said 4:07 – Richard Marx (Music) & Janey Clewer (Lyric) ©1998 Chrysalis Music Group, ASCAP/Preacher's Kid Publishing, BMI • Track Adaptation Tribute to Arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock: Darlene Koldenhoven • Track Performance: Darlene Koldenhoven • Oboe: Chris Bleth • Violin: Terry Glenny • Viola: Jimbo Ross • Cello: Nika Ross
11. Remember Me 5:05 – Darlene Koldenhoven ©2011 DarSongs Music, ASCAP • Track Arrangement & Performance: Darlene Koldenhoven • Guitar: Mike Miller
12. The Prayer from Quest for Camelot 3:31 – David Foster & Carole Bayer-Sager ©1998 Songs of Universal, Inc. OBO Warner-Barham music, LLC. BMI • Track Arrangement & Performance: Darlene Koldenhoven • Oboe: Chris Bleth
Recorded at TimeArt Studio, Studio City, CA • Engineering: Steve Shepherd and Darlene Koldenhoven • Mixing: Steve Shepherd • Mastering: Ron Boustead at Resolution Mastering • Photo: William Cloyd • Graphics: TimeArt Productions - William Cloyd, Brian Stroh • firstname.lastname@example.org • © & p 2011 TimeArt Recordings • All Rights Reserved. TimeArt D10917 • www.darlenekoldenhoven.com • ISBN: 9780978956257 • UPC 765181109170