Saturday, August 20, 2011

CD Review – Carried Away, by Janice Faber

Although this is Janice Faber’s third album of piano performances, this is the first album featuring her original compositions, and it is a solid collection.

The CD features sixteen tracks, some of which sound like hymns and others of which sound like classical pieces. That’s no surprise considering that these forms are among Faber’s primary influences. Regardless of whether or not you like hymns or classical music, you will still like Faber’s original compositions because, no matter their source or inspiration, they stand on their own as beautiful pieces of music.

This is also one of those rare albums that are so perfect from beginning to end that when you pop the disc in, the music drifts dreamily into your consciousness and takes you away into a place of serenity and tranquility. The other great quality of the CD is that it is cohesive in terms of its overall feel of peace and quiet, which is the result of both Faber’s gentle compositions and subtle, nuanced playing.

The soothing nature of the music makes it perfect for use as background music, for unwinding, or for getting rid of tension and stress.

--Raj Manoharan

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