Rick Wakeman

Romance of the Victorian Age

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As an instrumental backdrop to the art and romanticism of the Victorian age, Rick Wakeman and his son Adam collaborate on this album of mostly soft piano pieces. All the tracks are sophisticated odes that accompany the paintings tastefully displayed along with the liner notes. Each track is slightly crafted to express the nature of the artwork that it was designed for, such as the hectic, lively pace of "Burlington Arcade" or the delicate piano rippling of "The Swans." The apparent regard for classical music is prevalent throughout the album, accentuating pieces like "Lost in Words" and "A Tale of Love," while at the same time showcasing both of the Wakemans' respect for the origin of the keyboard. Exquisite acoustic guitar from both Adam Wakeman and Stuart Sawney add emphasis and depth to the dusting of grand piano alongside some well-placed percussion. Rick Wakeman's instrumental signature blankets each track, proving that even outside the sonic brilliance of a synthesizer, his prowess can still be appreciated. Elegant and unmistakably passionate, Romance of the Victorian Age is a sincere glimpse at the enlightened keyboard styles of these two musicians.

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