Where Butterflies Dance
“Ann Sweeten is one of those rare performers who plays with her heart on her sleeve; she produces emotive soundscapes that really hit home hard and on this her latest album, that bar has yet again been raised further. Where Butterflies Dance is ambitious and has been co-produced by the master of new age music, Will Ackerman, and as you can see, has a plethora of other musicians who have added their magic to this musical moment of genius. Where Butterflies Dance is Sweeten’s best work so far; she has pushed the boundaries, she has seized the moment and rightfully so, has created an album that is both beautiful and deeply meaningful. Ann Sweeten has gone for it, and her courage and commitment and her passion will win you over with ease. This is one album you don’t have to think about getting, just do it, it is outstanding.” Steve Sheppard - One World Music – 5 Stars
“In addition to Ann’s impeccable talents as a pianist, composer,
and arranger, the unseen, but deeply felt, spiritual dimension that she brings to her music takes
her elegant compositions to another level altogether. This latest release by Ann Sweeten, like the
butterfly itself, is a thing of delicate beauty in motion, symbolizing grace, transformation, and renewal.
After 12 albums, Ann’s music continues to evolve into greater and greater levels of refinement and
creative expression. Where Butterflies Dance is an inspired work of art from one of the genre’s premier
Michael Diamond – Music and Media Focus – 5 Stars
“Ann’s piano playing is gorgeous throughout this album,
that is the best way to explain it. There is a flow and natural rhythm like what
mother earth so generously gives us all. A heartbeat of life that pulsates, ebbs and
flows like the tides of the sea, the music will capture you as you fall into it without
even knowing it....magical.”
Keith Hannaleck - New Age Music Reviews – 5 Stars
“Inspired by themes of nature, and specifically, the butterfly,
Where Butterflies Dance dually captures the essence of human emotion and life’s
experiences, conveyed by the butterfly’s universal symbolism of beauty, love, hope, death,
rebirth and transformation. Ann’s piano playing is at once dynamic yet restrained, with a
uniquely artful style that often reminds me of a constant gentle stream, cascading over stones
and all its subtle nuances. Where Butterflies Dance is a thoroughly outstanding album and the
compositions lingered in my mind long after the listening experience had concluded. Deeply passionate
about the environment and its many afflictions, Ann so eloquently conveys a message of environmental
awareness through her music, expressing her passion with originality, sentimentality and immaculate
Candice Michelle- Journeyscapes – 5 Stars
“Ann Sweeten has done a wonderful job of putting together a recording that offers
a lot of reflection, introspection, and musical picture painting. ..reminiscent of something written
by the great impressionists...out of the ordinary...”
Donovan Johnson – Enlightened Piano
“Ann Sweeten has one of the most instantly recognizable piano “voices”
in contemporary instrumental music, characterized by a fluid melodicism wedded to a discernible
melancholic/tragic romanticism. Where Butterflies Dance, her latest effort, co-produced by Sweeten
and Will Ackerman, features terrific contributions from folks such as violinist Charlie Bisharat,
cellist Eugene Friesen, and flutist Trisha Craig. It is Sweeten, though who anchors it all with her
sensitive, emotive piano performance, infusing each of the 10 tracks with her unique emotional resonance.”
Bill Binkelman – Retailing Insight
“The music on this album is touching to the core...beautiful!”
Donna Hughes – Spirit Seeker
“Sweeten’s music is always warm and lyrical reflecting her love of nature,
staunch environmentalism and animal activism. Ann Sweeten’s efforts to change the world with her music
are both commendable and compelling. …elegant and graceful…achingly beautiful."
Kathy Parsons “New and Exceptional” MainlyPiano.com – 5 Stars
“...the key element is how evocative Sweeten’s music is, no matter an individual
song’s tempo, mood, or accompaniment.”
Zone Music Reporter
“Ann’s music has a way of giving the listener a sense of comfort and optimism. Where Butterflies Dance
is quite emotional, but the ten tracks always sound soothing...it is music in which bones and hearts mend at their own pace.”
Zone Music Reporter
Tapestries of Time
“Ann’s beautiful piano work is simply stunning on this new CD…
eleven fresh pieces that will soothe your ears and your mind for the duration!
The opening track, “Afterglow“, is worth the purchase price; I love this one.
I’ve reviewed her work for many years now, and found this new CD to be her crowning
achievement; if you’re not totally captivated by “Hypnotique“, you should go watch
basketball or the latest episode of “Cops”. It was the title track, “Tapestries of Time“,
that caught my vote for personal favorite on this one…. the recording is flawless,
and the emotions roll right through her fingers. For listeners who must have some
keyboard in their lineup, this gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy
quotient) rating of 4.99. Get more information at Ann’s website.”
Rotcod Zzaj, Rating: Most Highly Recommended
“Having reviewed Ann’s previous album, In the Wake, her musical evolution
is evident in the deeply personal and heartfelt compositions of Tapestries of Time.
The sensitivity she brings to each piece draws the listener into a musical world of
emotionally inspiring melodies and rich visual imagery for the mind’s eye. While the
focus of the album is on “time”, what I was most struck by was the sense of timelessness
that is evoked by Ann’s elegant compositions, artful arrangements and flawless performance.”
Music and Media Focus, Rating: 5 Stars
“Ms. Sweeten has the fingers of an angel and the heart of a warrior.
She has won her own personal fight with cancer and helps others to do the same, all the while
trying to protect the animals that get thrown in the middle. Some people are heroes. They
don’t wear capes but they do fly. Ann Sweeten is one of those. Music is her super power and
she uses it with dead on laser accuracy. Beauty, grace and selflessness come out of every note.
If you want an album that will take your breath away, you won’t want to miss Tapestries of Time."
Muzikreviews.com, Rating: 5 Stars
“Having such a stunning success, Ann Sweeten does not stop in her
creative work; she goes further and her music becomes more profound, emotional… there is so
much poetry in the music of Ann Sweeten. All her compositions are exquisite and bright.
Listening to Tapestries of Time you can easily plunge in the inner world of the artist, full
of deep and sincere emotional experiences. Ann Sweeten is a virtuoso pianist and her
arrangements are truly perfect. The music is filled with contemplation and love..”
“Very many acoustic threads have woven this bright musical tapestry which
depicts the fullness of Ann’s life, calling forth surprisingly subtle, harmonious, and delicate music.
It must be noted that Ann’s friends bring many bright colors to this album. All these musicians have
worked together before, but Ann’s talent elicits a pure chemical reaction from their collaboration,
which is capable of bringing forth an entire world of genuine emotion and luminous feelings.”
“There are certain musicians that I really look forward to receiving an album
from and I am happy to say Ann Sweeten is one of them. After the outstanding “In the Wake” we now have
an utterly brilliant release called Tapestries of Time, this takes Sweeten beyond her previous work and
into the land of musical Narnia with an album that leaks quality through every pore. Tapestries of Time
by Ann Sweeten will entrance you and will woo you with its delicate magnificence and with its splendor.
It is an album of pure graceful intent and exquisite beauty and should you have the good sense to
purchase this album, your musical heart will love you forever.”
Steve Sheppard - One World Music
“Ann Sweeten’s CD “Tapestries of Time” is such a gorgeous treat. Melodic,
moody, touching. This is music for the soul. This is a lovely disc, one to play when
you need to draw upon inner strength. Enjoy!
Lee Armstrong, Rating: 5 Stars on Amazon
“Pianist Ann Sweeten possesses one of the most easily recognizable
musical motifs among all the pianists recording original compositions today. The elegant
simplicity of Sweeten’s compositions and her astute control of nuance and tempo will beguile
you, along with the spot-on additions from the various other artists.”
Bill Binkelman, Zone Music Reporter
"…Tapestries of Time begins with “Afterglow,” a gorgeous opening…
Tranquility permeates this piece so thoroughly that it can instantly soothe and relax,
letting the listener know from the first notes that this is no ordinary piano album.
Sweeten has a delicate touch that perfectly expresses the grace and elegance of her
music… beautiful collection.”
Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
"Tapestries of Time is composed of beautiful piano music… a wonderful creation
to listen to. Her piano talent expands and brings forth yet another musical vision.
Judy Wolf, Spirit Seeker
Live at the St. George
“If I had to choose one word to describe Ann’s performance and the
evening’s event it would be “elegant”. The grandeur of the venue was a perfect setting for
the elegance of Ann Sweeten seated at a Steinway Concert Grand piano dressed in a stunning
jeweled backless evening gown. In addition to the visual splendor, the word elegant equally
applies to her compositions, playing style, and on-stage persona, which was both highly
professional and emanating creative expression with style and grace. Watching her in
performance only deepened the appreciation for her musical artistry that I had developed
in listening to her CD’s. An Evening with Ann Sweeten is a rare opportunity to see and hear
one of today’s finest pianists, present her original compositions in a magnificent setting…
a flawless concert of exquisite music performed by a consummate musician.”
Michael Diamond – Music and Media Focus
“Intensity and rapture were foremost in my mind as I watched
Ann Sweeten on stage at the St. George on Staten Island. …the touch of a master… Each
song was performed with the grace and style that has always been her trademark.
All in all it was a concert to remember and a joy to the eyes and the ears.”
Dave Butler – Inner Visions Syndicated Radio Show
In the Wake
“Warm, loving music that absolutely envelops the listener.
You get so caught up in the music, that you are swallowed up in it. Gorgeous music.”
WMNR, Fine Arts Radio (New York, Connecticut)
“..beauty incarnate”, “a joy to hear”
Muzikreviews.com, Rating: 5 Stars
“In The Wake is a showcase for the skills that have elevated
Ann Sweeten to such lofty musical heights. Her music is both contemplative and
emotionally evocative, providing a world-class listening experience.”
“…elegant music… exquisite piano artistry…”
Music and Media Focus, Rating: 5 Stars
“In my opinion Ann is among the best performing pianists on the planet today.”
Zzaj Productions, Rating: Most Highly Recommended
“As usual, Sweeten’s compositions are striking and beautiful,
complemented by Sweeten’s gorgeous performances. Some of her playing is simple and
understated, and some of it is very complex and involved. But it is all effortlessly
and expertly controlled, evidence of a true maestro at work.”
The RajMan Review
“A delicate jewel in a Renaissance background. …outstanding
technique… No wonder her previous “piano offerings” have been consoling and almost
aurally healing thousands of hearts so far. Brilliant!”
Nuovi Talenti Musicali
“Sweeten’s graceful touch and fluid playing style are beautifully
expressed…the sound quality of the music is flawless. …sure to be another chart-topper for Ann Sweeten!”
“I have the antidote to a riotous life, or perhaps normal life just
getting too much. It is the sweet sounding piano of Ann Sweeten. This composer/musician
has the gift of making albums of melodic peace and calm that will wrap around you like that
favourite duvet and give you a hug.”
The Borderland (UK)
“Ann Sweeten has one of the more distinctive and recognizable musical
signatures among all the piano/keyboard players recording in New Age music today.”
The Zone Reporter
Just This Side of Spring
“From start to finish, Just this Side of Spring is an outstanding work of composition and execution….”
MuzikReviews.com, Rating: 5 Stars
“Classically trained pianist, Ann Sweeten pulls from her deepest emotions on Just this Side of Spring….beautiful and powerful album.”
Accent on Tampa Bay Magazine
“Falling in love with such a unique sound, a sound that Ann Sweeten has created, makes you feel like a light-hearted bird everytime.”
John Shelton Ivany – National News Bureau
“Ann Sweeten is one musician widely recognized for her classic style, setting a high standard in quality among many pianists. Her classic signature sound gives new meaning to the term music appreciation. Having authored a number of Piano Solo reviews in the New Age genre, I promptly identified an admirable level of richness and depth in tone I rarely hear in many piano solo albums. Stylish tonal qualities held in even the quietest patterns give complex sequences and a prolific feel of realism within every individual phrase.”
New Age Music World
“Superb Piano works…beautiful and calming. Ann Sweeten uses her very talented hands to paint an image of emergence into my favorite time of year, and does so without ‘tricks’ or ‘gimmicks’. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”
“A very soothing collection of music, ideal for relaxation and meditation, but it also has that emotional depth and edge that lifts it above mere easy listening.”
Musicwatch, the borderland.co.uk
“Pianist Ann Sweeten’s latest album, Just this Side of Spring, offers a refreshing change of pace from the usual solo piano genre. Rather than show off her chops with an obvious display of thunderous chords and lightning-quick melodic runs, the award-winning Steinway Artist instead chooses to focus on quiet, introspective compositions that are thoughtful and contemplative.”
Raj Manoharan, Freelance Writer
“A contemporary pianist/composer, Ann will win the hearts of many with this unique new-age, neo-classical collection. She has the astounding ability to paint a vivid picture with her soft, lovely stylings. The album overall is unique and memorable. It is full of beautiful melodies, both pleasant and melancholy. Ann’s not your typical pianist, however. Her brilliant use of tension keeps you on your toes and her passion truly melts your heart.”
“Ann Sweeten is perhaps one of the most decorated pianists of the past decade. Serious classical undertones….Sweeten’s play is temperamental but disciplined, full of a fire that surprises. Ann Sweeten is more than your typical pianist, writing themes that challenge both herself and her listeners to hear more and be more.”
"Stylish and sophisticated, Ann Sweeten has always presented a fine
mix of New Age music with her well rooted classical themes. This time
around Sweeten has added a low calorie sweet factor and the results are
simmering with splendor."
SoloPianoPublications.com - Michael Debbage
Grey Sky and Bittersweet
"Sweeten's playing is strong and confident, but also feels tender and
vulnerable as she looks within for answers to life's questions. In a few
words, this is a gorgeous and emotionally powerful album."
MainlyPiano.com - Kathy Parsons
"Ann Sweeten possesses a remarkable talent. A musician whose extensive
classical training is immediately apparent, she is also someone who
writes from a great emotional depth. As her producer it is a joy to
hear someone who exploits the entire potential of the piano, finding
both dynamics and beauty in all 88 keys. Her pieces have a broad
stylistic range and yet create a cohesive program of music very
distinctively hers. This is a brilliant recording from start to
Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records, Grammy Winning Artist/Producer
"On her latest release, Grey Sky and Bittersweet, pianist Ann Sweeten
eschews what had previously been one of her strong suits, i.e. deft use
of electronic keyboards to complement her melodic piano compositions,
opting instead for an acoustic approach. Sweeten carries the listener
slowly and genteely into an autumnesque landscape of muted colors, fading
light, and reflective moments. Her piano playing has never been
better, ...superb on both collaborative and solo pieces."
NewAgeReporter.com - Bill Binkelman
"Ann Sweeten is a classical pianist/composer/arranger. Grey Sky and
Bittersweet was produced by Grammy winner Will Ackerman. On it Sweeten
will enamor listeners with her prowess on the piano and the wide range of
melodies that are present.
"Water diamonds" runs the gambit in terms of the speed Sweeten portrays on the piano. She tickles the ivories both expeditiously and slowly, giving the song a whimsical feel at times, as well as a more rushed one. This change in musical acceleration might invoke thoughts of a rippling fountain.
On "Autumn's Last Caress" the piano work continues its silky tone along with intermittent pauses in the intro. The intricate construction of this track will undoubtedly bring a smile to the face of any listener as they envision hearing this song while watching leaves descend from trees during this season full of life and renewal.
With the title track, Sweeten brings forth sensory piano work with a pronounced melody that some listeners might find a touch on the sad side.
Ann Sweeten's Grey Sky and Bittersweet is an album that showcases her classical instrumental training and gift for composition. On each song, Sweeten exhibitis a smoldering fire and profundity that will certainly transcend to listeners."
TheCelebrityCafe.com - Sari Kent
"From radiant solo pieces to delightful ensemble works, Ann Sweeten's
new album Grey Sky and Bittersweet has it all. Great music for us
NewAgeReporter.com - R. J. Lannan
A Place in the Sun
"'Classically trained pianist Ann Sweeten has an ear for nuanced melody and a tremendous
talent for bringing such magic to life,' says New Age Retailer. 'Exquisite piano
playing…radiant bliss.' Grand pianist and composer Sweeten has been hearing kudos like
this throughout her career, which now encompasses six albums, countless awards, and lots of
Need - New England Entertainment Digest
"This is a beautiful recording that was inspired by a series of
unfortunate events in Ann Sweeten’s life. She has captured her
memories of those events, the beauty of nature, cherished pets, and
her recuperation from breast cancer in such songs as "A Place In
The Sun," "Castles In The Air," "Echoes," and "Ashes" among
Sounds of Timeless Jazz
"I remember reviewing Sapphire Days, and
hoping that the next release by pianist Ann
Sweeten would come soon. I am pleasantly
surprised with her latest offering A Place in the
Sun. Not only is it delightful fervent fare..."
New Age Reporter.com
"This month marks a little variation from the usual band review that is
done for Intrigue. I had the pleasure recently to speak with Ann
Sweeten, a critically acclaimed pianist, composer, producer and
recording artist from Massachusetts ..."
Intrigue Magazine/Sunset Media
"I first listened to this album without reading anything about the composer/performer. I
always do this, to see what resonates within my inner self. I want no filters between what
my ears hear, what my mind perceives, and what my soul appreciates. The music was
soothing, relaxing, calming. I could imagine receiving a lovely massage to the refrains. I
could also imagine using the music as a wonderful backdrop to a period of meditation. I
could just sense the reverence in the notes..."
"This is pianist and keyboard player Ann Sweeten’s sixth release and her
winning streak remains intact as a place in the sun is yet another quality
offering from this artist. What makes the recording especially noteworthy..."
Wind and Wire, KFAI-FM
"Ann Sweeten is an extremely talented woman in the music industry. Not
just a musician, but a composer, arranger and producer, Ann is a pianist
whose abilities are unrivalled. Technical composition, only to be
expected from a background in classical, is blended with originality and
passion, delivering pianist perfection."
"Ann Sweeten is the proud author of a beautiful album titled Sapphire
Days. The talented pianist offers up a 'bakers dozen' of instrumental,
musical poetry from her heart. Check out gems for the heart and mind
from environmentally related cuts as, Walking With the Wind, the haunting
Thin Ice, the all encompassing Canopy of Stars…Outstanding album!"
"Ann Sweeten's Sapphire Days is quite simply one of the most graceful
and quietly soothing albums I've heard."
Solo Piano Publications
"Very much on the beam new age piano work, this set is well-textured
and engrossing throughout making Sweeten a sure bet to be one of those
left-field sensations everyone thinks came out of nowhere. A winning
adult music bet."
Midwest Record Recap
"Elegant, mellow grand piano music, accompanied by a synthesizer,
bearing calm, joy, and a touch of sadness, flows from this CD and makes
the heart grow calm. Classically trained and internationally celebrated
musician, Sweeten doesn't intrude on her musical creations, except to be
the channel through which they flow as they celebrate Earth, the sun that
blesses it, and all her creatures. The music bears hints of the musical
masters' phrasing in the music. I hear notes of Barber, Tchaikovsky,
Rachmaninoff, Brahms; seagulls over the water; a sparrow in the grass;
her dog, Shazu, beside her, the sun on her shoulders. This CD is a
blessing of sound."
"If you haven't heard Ann Sweeten's music before, you are in for a
treat because of her beautiful melodies and command of the grand
"Sweeten's music is as intense and passionate as it is reflective and
relaxing. Solid technique and a penchant for emotion."
Sound of Timeless Jazz
"If you're inclined to just kick back and take in some beautiful and
relaxing keyboard compositions, Ms. Sweeten's CD is one of the best piano
albums we've heard. You can very clearly hear that she's been
classically trained, but her playing style is relaxed enough to convey
freedom from convention... You can't call this music 'Jazz', nor can you
pigeonhole it as 'New Age'... because it's purely/simply 'Ann'. HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED for any/all listeners who need something that affirms how
much beautiful music, and the mem'ries it can bring, can mean to keeping
us all civilized."
"Sapphire Days, Ann Sweeten's newest title, continues her tradition of
releasing deeply peaceful piano-based instrumentals. As a composer,
arranger, and producer as well as an inimitable pianist, Sweeten crafts
contemporary melodies that soothe frayed nerves as they heal the spirit.
In addition to her sublime work on the piano, Sweeten adds a delicious
layer of synthesizers to several tracks. An exceptional choice for
gentle movement, yoga, meditation, massage...Sapphire Days is a
wonderful gift for the heart."
Sedona - Journal of Emergence!
"Over the course of four previous releases, Ann Sweeten has crafted a signature sound. From the first time I heard her music, I realized she had a certain way of composing evocative piano music and using her synthesizers to color the music with enough texture to add just the right amount of drama and feeling. It's a rare talent. Sweeten uses her consummate skill in balancing the acoustic and the electronic. For comparison's sake I'd draw a similarity to Danny Wright of a long time ago when he displayed the same ability to blend piano and keyboards in an equally impressive way. However, at this point in time, it is Sweeten who sits at the top of the hill when it comes to this subgenre of gentle new age music."
Wind and Wire
"Above all else, Ann Sweeten is a passionate human being. She just happens to have an exquisite talent to speak her world experiences through her piano compositions."
"This is a gorgeous listen…lovely instrumental piano."
Collected Sounds - A Guide to Women in Music
"Very melodic album…the style is almost 'old school' classical….exceptional…"
"This is beautiful contemporary instrumental piano. Her last non-seasonal recording went to Number 3 on the national New Age Voice airplay chart meaning it was one of the most-played albums of modern instrumental music in North America. Ann is quickly becoming the equal of popular pianists such as George Winston, Suzanne Ciani, David Lanz….With songs inspired by animals and different aspects of nature, Sapphire Days has melodies that quickly sound familiar as they reach out and affect the listener in a primal and earthy manner."
The Crystal Tower Magazine
"A brilliant pianist, Ann's music will make you rich in seeing things that you didn't see before. It makes you look inside yourself and reach for your inner child."
"Her heartfelt piano expertise pays tribute to working in harmony with nature. For a relaxing, yet fulfilling experience, listen to this CD."
Accent on Tampa Bay: Music Tracks
"Ann Sweeten is ripe with emotion throughout this recording and every note is played to perfection, effortlessly enlightening the listener. Each song is a jewel unto itself and I am so honored to have shared this CD with you."
"From the cover artwork to the music inside, this is one of the most relaxing, soothing, and enjoyable piano albums I have ever laid ears on. The music is beautiful in every way with its soft wispy bellows of sound and stirs of emotions. Sapphire Days has a classical piano touch that is smooth, soft and enlightening. An excellent album.."
Space Junkies Magazine
"Sapphire Days is an opportunity to slow down and to enjoy the beauty in life. It is a call to just be. Immediately upon hearing the delicate notes I could feel a Higher Power within each song. It is hypnotically intoxicating. Sweeten is a gifted and anointed spirit to be sure. I highly recommend the contemporary songs of Sapphire Days to those who love the piano, those who need peace of mind, and to those who are moved by musical genius."
"Sapphire Days is pure musical poetry, falling softly on the ear and gently on the soul. Classically trained pianist Ann Sweeten has created an album whose melodies blend magical nuances of passion and serenity to bring the majesty of nature to life. My experience was one of soul renewal as I melted into the magnificent beauty of these heartfelt solo piano compositions. This CD is truly a treasure. I could listen forever."
The Light Connection
"Sweeten brings an air of sensitivity to the classical piano, and she really captures the sense of Sapphire Days in this CD. Perfect for romantic evenings or for bringing cheer to your day."
"Classically trained contemporary instrumental pianist, composer, arranger and producer, Ann has a lot of talent. This is outdoors music played with eloquence and gentle sophistication very close to the heart."
"Perfect for the romantic evening or even if you're just alone wishing for one; some very beautiful chording and orchestration… a lot of it reminds one of the old classic movie days, 'here's looking at you, kid,' that sort of thing."
"Ann is quickly becoming one of the most popular new pianists around, much in the same vein as George Winston and Michael Jones."
"Sapphire Days is both inspiring and life-giving."
Past and Present
"Ann Sweeten aims for your heart and hits the target! Magic abounds…"
"Classically trained pianist Ann Sweeten has an ear for nuanced melody and a tremendous talent for bringing such magic to life. Sweeten has a gentle, subtle touch on the piano, and she also is a master of the synthesizer and sampled sounds. Exquisite piano playing.. Reflections is pure poetry on the piano. Customers looking for a sublime, piano-based contemporary-instrumental album can be pointed toward the radiant bliss of Reflections"
New Age Retailer
"Passage is a lovely album...and the overall effect is like sinking into a featherbed of music."
Wellness Magazine - Music for Massage
"Ann's work is emotional. Intense passion...a fulfilling listening experience. Gentle and moving."
"One soothing and beautiful song after another. Ann has a solid command of technique and rich melodic sensibility. She aims for your heart, and hits the mark every time."
Wind and Wire
"After playing Passage a number of times, I am still struck by the sheer magnificence of Sweeten's compositions. Sweeten maintains her musical integrity with touching compositions that bring a deep sense of peace to those who really listen - exceptionally lovely music."
New Age Retailer
"Tender, heartfelt solo piano compositions reminiscent of George Winston...Through her delicate fingering, the listener finds a gentle respite from the stresses of a busy day in this musical sanctuary that provides the blessed gifts of relaxation and peace. So lower the lighting and drift slowly and gracefully through these melancholy remembrances of the "Passage" from fear to love. Recommended for lovers of solo piano music"
Omega New Age Directory
"A soothing musical gem of original compositions, Prism warms the senses...Instrumental majesty...sparkles with tranquility."
"A mesmerizing collection of New Age compositions."
North Shore Magazine
"Sweeten captures the music that is alive in the world and shows the gentler, purer side that we don't always hear, nor always look for. The stories she plays tell volumes. This music is perfect to listen to when you want to wind down after a hard day, or as background music for meditating. The plenitude of emotion she displays will enlighten you."
"If you've yet to discover the sounds of Ann Sweeten, hop on her bandwagon of fans now because this is one artist poised for national fame."
"Pianist Ann Sweeten composes gentle mood music. The titles as well as the music itself are reflective and relaxing. If the piano, by its very motion and harmony represents the human spirit, then the synths must represent Nature. Clouds form and move on, water trickles downstream, the wind blows gently across the meadow, and wildflowers sway with the breeze."
L.A. Jazz Scene
"Prism delivers...carries you into the clouds."
"A proficient pianist, she exposes pieces of her heart and soul
for the world to share in...make sure you've got a dry hanky close by."