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Given that Rick Wakeman has made his home in the Isle of Man for some years now, it's not surprising that one of his most enduring works may prove to be this tribute written in association with the Manx Museum. (The title refers to the island's designation as a National Heritage site). This album of solo piano pieces shows Wakeman in his best form since his superb 1986 album Country Airs, and his pieces here are very much in the vein of Wakeman's lush romantic piano work on that predecessor. Indeed, at times the opening "The Chasms" sounds like a lost Chopin composition. One does not have to be a fan of Yes or of Wakeman's audacious orchestral rock to appreciate this album; a love of the piano is all that is needed.


Born: 18 May 1949 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in Perivale, Middlesex, England, Rick Wakeman's interest in music manifested itself very early, and from the age of seven on he studied classical piano. At the age of 14, he joined a local band, Atlantic Blues, the same year he left school to enroll in the Royal College of Music. He had his eye on a career as a concert pianist, but Wakeman was dismissed from the college after it became clear that he preferred playing in clubs to studying technique. By his late teens, he was an established...
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