Harold Moses

Prayers of the Soul

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Seven of the eight pieces on Prayers of the Soul are instrumental improvisations/compositions, meditations on prayers whose words are written in the liner notes but not sung. Moses begins by improvising the inspired "Invocation" on the viola. "Nocturne," played on piano by Moses' mother, Betty Grandstaff Moses, has the nobility and scope of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Laura Hungerford (Moses' wife) plays a dramatic tamboura drone to accompany the cries of the viola on "Communion." Where "Communion" is a cry for God, "Sorrows" is an expansive, cathartic lament by the viola to a sensitive keyboard orchestral arrangement. Piano and voila join on the triumphant "The Radiant Heart of the Soul." "Majesty" is like an awe-inspiring column of light; "Light Streaming," a concerto for orchestra and viola that reaches heights of untouchable beauty. The album ends with the exquisite "May E'vry Breath," an a cappella piece with a 40-voice choir, the StarHouse Ensemble. Harold Moses has created a spiritual work of soul-stirring intensity and ravishing beauty. Well deserved; Brahms would have been proud.

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