Monday, July 28, 2008

"LIVE!" by Bryan G. Rowe (Classical artist from Maryland (MD))

"LIVE!" is a classical album comprised of eight live performances from organ virtuoso Bryan G. Rowe. Rowe draws from his classical predecessors – Bach, Pachelbel, DuruflĂ©, Franck, and Karg-Elert – as well as original compositions for this album, drawing from a number of Rowe's solo organ recitals from around the U.S. and England. The songs are true to the classical form, pay homage to Rowe's influences, and achieve a timeless quality. Each song is well-performed, evoking the driving, haunting sound of the organ and turning it into something beautiful. "LIVE!" is, of course, a collection of live recordings - Bach in one take - and it sounds great as it creates the feeling that you're inside a cathedral staring up at beautifully crafted stained glass windows. "Prelude in E-Flat Major, BWV 552" and "Jesu, Meine Freude, from Three Symphonic Chorales, Opus 87/2" are both Bach-originated organ pieces that Rowe brings beautifully back to life. "Ciacona in f" is a Pachelbel original and a great arrangement where you hang on to each individual note. With "LIVE!," Bryan G. Rowe shows his prowess as a classical organist and beautifully pays homage to his predecessors. Classical music aficionados and other organ enthusiasts, pick up this album.
-Chris & the Reviewer Team
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