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Album Review

True to the theme of its uniquely provocative title, Craig Urquhart's solo piano recording taps into a rich range of melodic and rhythmic colors designed to provoke any number of heartfelt responses. Over the course of four independently released recordings, the classically trained musician — who is a renowned classical composer in his own right and longtime assistant to Leonard Bernstein — has drawn upon the influences of the world's most renowned masters to become one of modern acoustic new age music's most transcendent voices. This disc offers a stirring glimpse into Urquhart's concern for important environmental issues while drawing upon the inspirations of Schumann, Bach, Debussy, and Erik Satie. The name of the recording derives from a group of piano pieces written by the early-20th century Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. Although many of Urquhart's songs possesses a moody vibe, a melancholy minor key atmosphere, his works are always bookended by opening and closing tracks which speak of bright optimism through the rainy moments of life. A sunny, higher-register melody offsets the darker harmonic tones on "Fruhling." The "Epilogue" to the recording is a piece that plays like a joyful poem...gentle yet hopeful, summarizing the album's journey and the joyful rhythm of life. A beautiful addition to the collection of the fan who loves the George Winston/David Lanz take on the new age piano genre.

Biography

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The moody new age composer Craig Urquhart is one of the finest independent pianists in America. It was almost a given that he would become a musician, as his early exposure to Leonard Bernstein's CBS series The Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic gave the Michigan child an obsession with music that led him to explore the piano. After absorbing the music of Joni Mitchell, Brian Eno, and Laura Nyro (as well as the usual classical composers: Bach, Chopin, et. al) he entered the University...
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