Anthony Burger - The Best Of Anthony Burger From The Homecoming Series
STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19217-DVD260 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHDVD4705 FORMAT: DVD Music video ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2006-06-09 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Anthony Longville
Pianist Anthony Burger tragically died during a performance on a Gaither Homecoming cruise in the Caribbean in 2006 at the age of just 44. This DVD takes the opportunity to recall the artist, with clips from videos from the Homecoming series and also 'Mark Lowry On Broadway'. The clips are linked by an interview with Bill Gaither himself, reminiscing over the pianist's musical history. Anthony's style is largely concert piano verging on music hall ala Clayderman . There are also occasional other styles, even rock and roll on "Great Balls Of Fire"! Burger's repertoire moves from hymns like "How Great Thou Art" to classical pieces like "Hallelujah Chorus" often linking the pieces together in medley form. From the Lowry show is also included an improvised medley of secular love songs. Burger exudes enthusiasm and enjoyment in his playing, throwing the kitchen sink in as well. The "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" medley is the low point of the DVD, with its banner-waving patriotism. Overall though this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but there's no doubting the man's talent. Poignantly the DVD finishes with a performance of "We Shall Behold Him" which was the very piece he was playing when he died.
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Anthony's brilliant artistry on the piano has delighted audiences for over 25 years. Produced before he was suddenly called home earlier this year aged just 44, this DVD keepsake serves as a fitting tribute to Anthony's life, faith and his music.