Glory

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Mws Group
  • UPC: 856762003007
  • Catalog Number: 200300
  • Sales rank: 5,291

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Glory Overture (5:31)
  2. 2 Patriot (2:54)
  3. 3 Heroes (5:51)
  4. 4 Forever (4:02)
  5. 5 The Blessing (3:38)
  6. 6 Whitaker's Wonder (3:06)
  7. 7 Joy Follows Suffering (3:07)
  8. 8 Glory Battle (4:22)
  9. 9 Attonement (3:50)
  10. 10 Redemption (5:35)
  11. 11 The Romance (3:28)
  12. 12 The Tribute/Agnus Dei (6:51)
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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
Hank Williams Mastering
David Hamilton Programming, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    An outstanding collection of compositions. I didn't know Michael

    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.

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