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Piano Portraits


Norfolk-based Wakeman has recorded a full solo piano album featuring a varied selection of music including classic songs that he originally performed on. Bucking the trend of orchestral projects, Piano Portraits captures both the technical virtuosity and lightness of touch that have become trademarks of Wakeman’s playing since he first made a name for himself in the 1970s. Recorded at The Old Granary in Beccles, the 15-track collection ranges from landmark David Bowie hits ‘Life on Mars’, which Wakeman recorded the original piano parts for, and ‘Space Oddity’, to which he contributed mellotron; through The Beatles, Yes and Led Zeppelin; to classical pieces composed by Debussy, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.

Rick Wakeman has carved out a fascinating, idiosyncratic career that has comfortably traversed multiple musical worlds. A classically trained pianist, he studied at the Royal College Of Music before going on to become a much in-demand session musician playing on a string of hit songs by the likes of Black Sabbath, Elton John, Cat Stevens and David Bowie.

Also well known as a member of progressive rock band Yes and as a hugely successful solo artist, Wakeman is without doubt one of the most original, entertaining and groundbreaking performers of his generation.

Tracks : Help/Stairway to Heaven/Life on Mars/I’m Not In Love/Wonderous Stories/Berceuse/Amazing Grace/Swan Lake/Morning Has Broken/Summertime/Space Oddity/Dance of the Damselflies/Clair de Lune/Vow To Thee My Country/ Eleanor Rigby