Emmanuel. (Artful Piano Solos for Christmas). By Mark Hayes. For piano. Sacred, Christmas. Moderately difficult. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.70-1567L).
The artistry of pianist/composer Mark Hayes is magnificently on display in this extraordinary collection of Christmas carols and its companion listening CD available separately (see item 99/2023L). Eighteen carols, old and new, are creatively explored in these fifteen handsome settings, with some titles emanating from the chants of the early church and some from the newer classics of today. All are afforded the unmistakable creative touch of Mark Hayes, and all are suitable for the concert stage or seasonal worship services. Whether you are playing or listening, these carol settings will enhance the joyful and tender moments of the Christmas season.
January 10, 2013
I really like the different styles that the selections offer. These have been used as part of worship services during Christmas and have been very well received. Having the accompanying CD has helped me push myself further than I would have normally. I will look for more items by this...
7 of 14 people found this review helpful.
November 9, 2012
This will grow on you
Compared with his Popular Performer Christmas Solos, Emmanuel doesn't seem as warm and loving. But as I kept playing through the arrangements, I could tell that he was trying to keep a reverence about these pieces--these are all religous Christmas hymns. I'm not a fan of medlies, which many of...
14 of 25 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Nashville, TN
November 2, 2012
Gorgeous, Outstanding Arrangements
Mark Hayes employs some of the most satisfying harmonies and progressions to refresh familiar melodies. Moderately difficult arrangements very much worth learning and keeping in one's repertoire, perfect for sacred or secular settings alike. Incredibly good investment.
7 of 18 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Saint Louis Mo
Location: from Canada