MP3 George Skaroulis - Sanctuary
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NEW AGE: New Age, EASY LISTENING: Mood Music
Solo Piano Publications
Review: Sanctuary CD
Review by: Kathy Parsons - Editor
The release of âSanctuaryâ marks pianist/composer George Skaroulisâ tenth anniversary with Evzone Music, and could be his best release to date. I have been a big fan of Skaroulisâ music for many years, and he is one of the few pianists who make ambient music really work on the piano. Several of the pieces have keyboard accompaniment, but this is definitely a piano album. I have to mention that I recently drove to Oregon for vacation, and âSanctuaryâ was playing in my car for the full seven-hour drive. The volume was low for much of the trip, but the gentle, peaceful music was so calming and it actually enhanced the experience of driving through the California redwoods - not an easy task in such spectacular scenery! Usually when I listen to a CD several times in a row, I need a change, but this music just seemed to keep getting more pleasant and evocative. The album was inspired by and is dedicated to massage therapists, reflexologists, natural healers, and caregivers around the world, and is sure to bring an hour of serenity to all who hear it.
The CD opens with âRay of Hope,â a quiet meditation on the power of hope. Warm yet introspective, itâs a lovely, melodic beginning. âBlueâ is much more ambient in style with shimmering strings in the background and a gently haunting piano setting the mood. âRainâ is a gorgeous mood piece that includes the sound of rain and thunder. Skaroulis told me awhile ago that one of his favorite things to do is to sit on his balcony during a rainstorm, and that kind of blissful peace counters the more turbulent sounds of the storm - an amazing piece! âPassionataâ is a musical vignette. At just under a minute, it is perfect in its brevity and sweetness. âI Believe (Is Agios)â is a traditional Greek piece that has been on several of Skaroulisâ recordings, but is always a treat, as is âShenandoah,â which has also been on other albums. âMy Star, My Moonâ is full of passion and love with its poignant piano melody and accompanying strings. Wow! The title track is the musical interpretation and description of perfect peace. âThe Power of Touchâ is another tiny gem that says all it needs to say in less than two minutes. âGoddessâ first appeared on âAthena,â and is sure to become one of Skaroulisâ signature pieces.
âSanctuaryâ is incredible, so if you are looking for a musical massage, I canât recommend this CD enough. The music is effortless in the background, but is oh so beautiful to close your eyes and get lost in.
A definite Top 10 for my 2006 list!
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