Review of Return To The Centre Of The Earth submitted on 28th February 2000

I am a private music teacher of classical guitar, music theory, music history and era training in Costa Rica. I found allways Mr. Wakeman's compositions of a high quality, but this CD is superb. In Central America we love british oratorios (specially Handel's); but after 250 years we witness the true reborn of this musical genre, in its most pure structure, but in a contemporary language. Who is the most important British composer of the XX century? Is it Frederick delius, is it, Vaughan Williams, is it Benjamin Britten?. Sorry, it's Rick Wakeman. In 100 years I think "Edipus Rex" by Stravinsky and "Return to the Center of the Earth" by Wakeman are the best examples of contemporary oratorios. Thank You, Rick.