The Power of Dreaming
Valentine’s Night 2009 saw the official release of ‘The Power of Dreaming’ - Dominic Piers Smith’s debut solo recordings. The double CD, launched exclusively at the Royal Festival Hall to coincide with Dominic’s performance of Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, focuses on the lives and works of two of the greatest magicians in the history of keyboard music – Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. A brainchild combining Formula 1 design flair with musical virtuosity, Dominic’s passion and energy attracted support and collaboration from both Yamaha Music and Honda Racing Formula One Team (later evolving through Brawn GP into Mercedes GP Petronas). BBC Music Magazine, amongst others, selected Dominic's debut recordings for superlative review. The uniquely contemplative nature of Dominic’s debut recordings is complimented by extensive programme notes on the Chopin-Liszt debate by Robert Matthew-Walker, one of the music industry’s most prolific and respected musicologists. Through a personal selection of iconic works Dominic seeks to invite the listener to challenge the idea of preconception and stereotype, concepts which frequently obstruct the path of development and creativity. Alongside his post of Aerodynamics Team Leader at Mercedes AMG Petronas, and coincident with his arrival at one of the world’s most prestigious platforms in classical music, Dominic aims to show that by throwing caution aside, and ignoring any perceived obstacles and boundaries, accompanied by constant hard work, determination, teamwork and passion, it is possible to turn one’s dreams into reality.