Brad Jacobsen - Pastorale Solo Piano Hymns (2016)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Tracks: 10 | 41:26 min | 102 Mb
Style: New Age | Label: Brad Jacobsen Music
Pastorale is pianist/composer Brad Jacobsen’s sixth album since his 2011 debut Road Home. It is also his first collection of original arrangements of favorite hymns. Jacobsen is now included on the prestigious roster of pianists who are officially Kawai Artists, and very deservedly so! His music often tells stories without words, getting to the heart of a piece and letting its unique truth sing without a lot of frills while emphasizing the melody and emotional content. Most of the twelve hymns (ten tracks) on Pastorale could be sung to, but then you wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate the beauty of the arrangements. While some have variations within the piece, the songs are easy to identify (if you already know them, of course!). Most of the songs have a relaxing, soothing tempo, although a couple of them are a little more energetic. The overall tone of the album is quiet and thoughtful/prayerful. In the background, the music creates a warm ambiance, but the music is so worthy of full attention whether or not the listener is particularly religious. Some of these songs have been around for hundreds of years, and there is a reason why they are classics. Jacobsen has found the soul of each song and made it new while fully respecting the spirit and integrity of the originals.