|This was the last of the piano albums that I recorded during my "piano period" and perhaps one of the most delightful as far as I was concerned. It was a great exercise in taking some of the great classics and performing new arrangements and variations on them whilst hopefully still retaining their original brilliance. I would like to think I succeeded and like this album a lot.|
|Good stuff and lovely to play during a romantic evening........(I really must sort this out)!!!|
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Robert Nancarrow on 23rd May 2013 [Other reviews]
When people are asked which is their favourite Rick Wakeman album, there are some understandably predictable answers such as Six Wives, King Arthur and Journey. However, as good as they all undoubtedly are, the Classical Variations album is certainly a contender for me as the best.
Downeast Bruce on 9th January 2002 [Other reviews]
Classical Variations is wonderful! Rick plays 10 great classical piano pieces in his own style; creating new arrangements, or variations, with the quality we expect from Rick. His execution is virtually flawless, and the grand piano itself sounds so good! It is peaceful, strong, sweet... everything a great piano album should sound like. This is an album that should be in every piano lover's collection! "A thing of beauty is a joy forever". Thank you Rick! Please do more of these! We await your piano concerto(s)!!!