Saturday, August 7, 2010

CD Review -- Within Memory, by Craig Urquhart

Craig Urquhart’s latest recording is a collection of ten solo piano instrumentals that hit the spot musically, emotionally, and psychologically.

Rather than flaunt his virtuosic mastery of the keyboard, Urquhart instead chooses to focus on simple, tranquil compositions that gently penetrate the soul. The result is music that serves perfectly as background or as a soundtrack for deep, quiet introspection.

In fact, the overall tone of the album is probably best described as moody, and in a good way. This is mood music that is perfectly suited for contemplation and pensive rumination.

The softness of the compositions and the performances has a therapeutic, calming effect, as well. So this is equally useful as healing, regenerative music.

The music on this album is adaptable for almost any situation – except for festive, highly energetic occasions, obviously – and regardless of how you use it, the end result is satisfying.

--Raj Manoharan

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