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Album Review: Adagio
Chris Spheeris and George Skaroulis
Cover image of the album Adagio by Chris Spheeris and George Skaroulis
Chris Spheeris and George Skaroulis
2001 / Essence Records
61 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Adagio is a collaboration of pianist George Skaroulis and composer Chris Spheeris. Skaroulis arranged sixteen of Spheeris’ classic pieces for solo piano, giving them a personal and elegant interpretation of his own. I have several of Spheeris’ early albums, but for some reason, haven’t kept up with his work. Hearing these pieces again has renewed my interest, and has also sparked my enthusiasm for Skaroulis the interpreter as well as the composer and pianist. Most of the tracks are on the quiet side, making this an introspective and relaxing album - wonderful for reading and/or unwinding. Favorite tracks include “Elektra,” “Andalu,” “Juliette,” and “Field of Tears.” Adagio is an outstanding album, and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy reflective solo piano. It is available from chrisspheeris.com.
January 1, 2001