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Album Review: Reunion
George Skaroulis
Cover image of the album Reunion by George Skaroulis
George Skaroulis
2007 / Evzone Music
63 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Pianist/composer George Skaroulis has once again succeeded in putting together an album so beautiful that it leaves you a little breathless. Part of a “George Skaroulis Spa Collection,” the seventeen tracks are made up of six new compositions, a shimmering arrangement of Sting’s “Fragile,” newly recorded versions of several of George’s most popular songs, and a few old favorites. Few artists succeed in saying so much with so few notes, and Skaroulis’ graceful melodies and floating ambient poetry are pure musical magic. Clocking in at just over an hour, Reunion is the perfect length for a massage session, a lazy soak in your backyard spa (or bathtub!), a prelude to sleep, calming commuting nerves, or just some quiet time in your office chair! Use your imagination, but give yourself time to savor and be soothed by the gorgeous music on Reunion.

Sting’s “Fragile” begins the CD, and Skaroulis has really made this song his own. Accompanied on Flamenco guitar by Jean Pierre, the gentle rhythms and repartee between the piano and guitar set a lovely mood for the album as a whole. “Evangelia” first appeared on “Return to Homeland” (2001) and has always been one of my favorites. Hauntingly beautiful in its simplicity, the piece is both elegant and emotionally compelling. The title track is one of the new pieces and has a sweet, wistful melody. “Numinous” was the title track for a 1998 release and is truly a Skaroulis classic, appearing here in its original form - some things need no improvement! “Hopes and Dreams” is another older favorite, newly recorded. “Into the Light” is much more ambient and atmospheric - an interlude of sorts. “Tree of Life” is another new piece, and is quietly enchanting. “Miles Away” conveys both nostalgia and longing. “Forgotten Song” is especially reflective of Skaroulis’ Greek heritage. “New Day” is full of optimism and promise. “Athena” is one of Skaroulis’ signature pieces and appears this time a piano solo - love it! “Awakening” was first released on “Second Nature” (2003), and closes the CD with something of a prayer.

I have been a big fan of George Skaroulis and his music for several years now and have loved all of his thirteen previous releases, but I think this is his best CD yet. It is available from evzonemusic.com and cdbaby.com. I give Reunion my highest recommendation!
February 25, 2008
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