James Warren - How Brightly Shines The Morning Star

Wednesday 17th July 2002
James Warren - How Brightly Shines The Morning Star

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Regency REGCD164

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

If I explain my choice of classification you may get an idea of what this album is. What we have are 16 preludes and improvisations on hymns played by James Warren on the Harrison And Harrison organ at Coventry Cathedral. The melodies are well known and the first stanza of each is quoted in the CD booklet. But as none of the hymns are sung one cannot call this hymnody. Mr Warren plays well and one could make a case for calling this "classical" but too many of these improvisations fail to go anywhere. It makes for pleasant background music ("ambient") and, if one knows the hymns and thinks on the words behind them, it becomes "meditational".

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