James Hardman is a major artist waiting to be discovered. His three earlier albums have offered us lyrical compositions of mainly synthesized music that are both powerful and serene. On The River he has returned to his roots, drawing on the romantic and classical traditions that nurtured him, and in the style of which he has been composing since his teens. The River is symphonic in structure, with Hardman's deeply expressive solo piano flowing against a backdrop of synthesized orchestrations. The compositions are compelling, with uplifting melodies and warm expansive arrangements that seduce you into their depth. This is open-hearted music that is both epic in its scope yet intimate in its feel, a deeply affirmative tribute to the natural world that sustains us all.
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