When David Lanz recorded Cristofori’s Dream in 1988, he had a gut feeling that his newest album might be received by his growing legion of fans as his most realized work to date. Although the pianist and composer had released several albums previously, this one just felt special. Lanz was right: Music lovers all over the world readily embraced Cristofori’s Dream—in fact, it became a sensation, topping Billboard magazine’s.
At the heart of Cristofori’s Dream is the title track, which pays homage to Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco (May 4, 1655-January 27, 1731), the Italian craftsman of musical instruments who is acknowledged to have invented the piano. Along with the album’s other Lanz-penned tunes—“Spiral Dance,” “Green Into Gold,” “Wings to Altair,” “Summer’s Child” and “Free Fall”—the pianist included on Cristofori’s Dream his take on the 1967 Summer of Love smash “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”Now recognized as the most-played song on radio of all time in the U.K., the song has always been a personal favorite of Lanz’s. Cristofori’s Dream…Re-Envisioned also features two bonus tracks, a live orchestral version of the title track, recorded in Seattle, and “Seoul Improvisation,” an impromptu piano creation that Lanz performed while on tour in Korea two years ago. The album comes on the heels of Liverpool: Re-Imagining the Beatles and Here Comes the Sun, both of which focused on Lanz’s love for the music of the Beatles.