"Catherine Marie Charlton created "River Dawn" specifically to be background music for meditation, relaxation, massage, and any number of other activities. When Ms Charlton and I spoke about doing a review, she suggested that I not actively listen to the CD, but to keep it in the background while in the process of doing something else. I know many, many people do this, but I can't. As a piano teacher and music journalist, I find it impossible to keep music in the background - I am compelled to listen to it. Be that as it may, I experienced "River Dawn" in the car, doing my best to not listen to it too carefully. It is an hour of solo piano music, one continuous track, that meanders and flows without much in the way of dynamics or musical surprises. When I focused on the music, it was kind of lackluster (as it is supposed to be!), but when I was able to keep it in the background, it was really very pleasant. Apparently, quite a few practitioners of the healing arts are finding this music very helpful in their work. It was an unusual listening experience for me, and is probably what Erik Satie and some of his peers referred to as "furniture music" during their own time. If you do massage or mediation or yoga, or would like a musical backdrop for your other daily activities, "River Dawn" could be a nice enhancement to the experience. It is available from www.catherinemariecharlton.com and amazon.com."
"I'm a huge fan. Catherine's music touches people, including myself, so deeply; I've seen it bring some to tears. Combine that level of musicianship with the stellar arrangements and production quality heard on Maiden's Voyage and you get musical magic."
— Phil Nicolo
Grammy winning engineer/producer
"Catherine is a great pianist, composer, and improviser."
— George Winston, pianist
"Every now and then an artist emerges with the power to define a genre. Composer/pianist Catherine Marie Charlton has the genius, sensitivity and strength to fuse contemporary jazz improvisation with classical styling in a way that stops you in your tracks. She is a star in ascension."
— James Reilly, Chairman
The Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature & Music
"Intricate, unexpected, and rich ...watching her play is like watching a painting come alive."
"It takes an ultra-special solo piano release to ignite the kind of fire in my reviewer's soul that I felt when I first played River Flow - Sanctuary, and after five or so playings my enthusiasm for the album has not diminished one bit." Rating: Excellent
"Trying to imagine how many years of practice and discipline it would take to elevate one's art to this level of playing. Loving it..."
— Arun Shenoy GRAMMY® Award nominated record producer
"At the top of my head I can think that only Mozart or Duke Ellington could achieve something as meaningful as this. ...The music has a timelessness to it, floating in the air or indeed a river in this case." Recommended
"In River Flow we encounter MUSIC: a piano that radiates freedom with no ties ...music that is truly alive with depth of feeling, care, passion, and warmth..."(translated by Anabella Salas) Puntuación: 5/5