STYLE: Ambient/Meditational RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 32960-12130 LABEL: Spring Hill CMD1134 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-11-09 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Dave Brassington
These are apparently the last recordings made by the late pianist who tragically died suddenly while on tour with the Gaithers' Homecoming Friends. He had for many years accompanied the Gaither reunions and was a classically trained pianist of a high musical standard. The tracks on this seasonal album are mainly familiar, including "Good Christian Men Rejoice", "White Christmas", "Deck The Halls" and "Mary Did You Know". This is an all instrumental album (piano with orchestral backing) which is at times quite jazzy and in truth pretty far removed from traditional Southern Gospel music. But no doubt this will sell to those who remember this late fine artist from his many concert performances. But I have to admit that it did little to excite me.
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Anthony Burger's piano is silent now, but his legacy lives on with this sparkling Christmas treasury - his final recording. Presented in his signature style with resounding runs up and down the keyboard, classic holiday songs include 'Good Christian Men Rejoice', 'Mary, Did You Know?', 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas', 'The Gift', 'What Child Is This?', 'White Christmas' and more.