|The first solo piano album that I can truly say I was happy with. I was pleased with the playing, pleased with the writing and pleased with the way the music depicted the subject matter. The whole package, including the cover and booklet was very pleasing for me.|
|If you like piano music in a 19th century classical style then this is for you.|
|Little Known Trivia|
|The first and only performance of all the pieces from this collection was at the Isle of Man Museum in Douglas in their theatre where a backdrop of slides was shown throughout the performance.|
Ron Grech on 26th December 2009 [Other reviews]
Surely this is the antidote for those who are wary of wandering through a minefield of Wakeman’s lesser-known works – particularly for listeners who have had issues with certain vocalists or cheesy-sounding keyboards. In this instance, Rick performs alone on piano, all instrumental, all original works. Rest assured, this is not sleepy music. The tempo is varied. The playing at times beautiful and restrained, other times deft and aggressive – providing the full range one expects to hear on a good Rick Wakeman album. This is an album that should be spoken of in the same breath as Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey To The Centre of the Earth and Criminal Record – ranking among his best.
Ian Rutherford on 30th May 2003 [Other reviews]
Just beautiful serene solo piano playing inspired by the obvious natural delights of Britain.
Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 12th October 2000 [Other reviews]
This is a really thrilling, pure piano piece. If you like Rick's pure piano albums, then this is it. Perhaps his best pure piano work. The tunes are sometimes fast and thrilling, sometimes slow and relaxing. This creates variation, so that the album avoids being boring.
Max Hult on 6th March 2000 [Other reviews]
This is probably the greatest of piano albums I've heard from Rick... I find it better and more varying than Romance of the Victorian age as well as Preludes to a Century... if you're into Rick playing the piano, this album is definitively a must have... I don't think it contains any relatively "weak" parts, as most of Rick's other albums, check it out if you get the opportunity.
Mats Landstrom on 29th September 1997 [Other reviews]
Solo-piano pieces reflecting the historical heritage of Isle of Man. If you like Country Airs you will love this.