Glory

Glory

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by Michael W. Smith
     
 
Michael W. Smith's success as a CCM crossover singer/songwriter has tended to obscure his major talent, which is, simply, as a composer of music. In 2000, he emphasized that talent with the all-instrumental album Freedom, and 11 years later he does so again on Glory. This time, Smith, a master of synthesized keyboards, has chosen

Overview

Michael W. Smith's success as a CCM crossover singer/songwriter has tended to obscure his major talent, which is, simply, as a composer of music. In 2000, he emphasized that talent with the all-instrumental album Freedom, and 11 years later he does so again on Glory. This time, Smith, a master of synthesized keyboards, has chosen to try his hand at acoustic orchestral music, employing the London Symphonica conducted by David Hamilton, who orchestrated his compositions. Smith himself plays acoustic piano. The instrumentation accentuates the composer's debts to European classical music, especially of the Romantic era. That's not surprising, given his affection for major-key melodiousness, in which grand themes are delivered warmly, if with a tendency toward bombast. However lyrical a piano figure may be in Smith's music, a crescendo leading to a triumphant climax is never far away. Smith's intentions are signaled by the overall album title, which refers not only to his Christian religion, but also to other forms of exaltation, such as that suggested by "Patriot," which has a hint of the old folk tune "Shenandoah," and "Heroes," with its lone trumpet (played by Jeff Bailey) seeming to mark it as a candidate for use in a military funeral. "Whitaker's Wonder," on the other hand, might be a lost section of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," and evokes a vision of ballet dancers prancing across a stage. Guitarist Mark Baldwin duets with the composer on "Joy Follows Suffering," while violinist Gabrielle Lester dovetails with his playing on "Atonement," both melancholy tunes leading, inevitably, to more wholesome resolutions. In Smith's music, sadness may be suggested, but only as a difficulty leading to, as the buoyant, celebratory "Redemption" implies, a satisfying conclusion that his faithful listeners will understand, without any words being sung, is brought about by Christian faith.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2011
Label:
Mws Group
UPC:
0856762003007
catalogNumber:
200300

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Piano
Mark Baldwin   Guitar
Jeff Bailey   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet,Soloist
Sophie Harris   Cello,Soloist
London Symphonica   Performing Ensemble
Gabrielle Lester   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
David Hamilton   Conductor

Technical Credits

Michael W. Smith   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Greg Ham   Executive Producer
Mark Hammond   Percussion Programming
Brendan Harkin   Piano Engineer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Chaz Corzine   Executive Producer
Tim Parker   Art Direction
David Hamilton   Programming,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An outstanding collection of compositions. I didn't know Michael W. Smith was a composer. The more I listen to this cd, the more I like it. The melodies continue to resonate in your head long after they have finished playing. Not especially for soothing, going-to-sleep music. There's too much energy in them. But I love the variety of the songs, and the cohesiveness of the album too. Wonderful orchestration and the piano flows together beautifully.