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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, pure and uplifting music., 25 Nov. 2012
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I can only endorse what other reviewers have said - this is extraordinary music; simple, calm, beautifully played and with an emotional strength and humanity that is unexpectedly powerful. A glance at the track listing - Abide with me, Danny Boy for example; and that it's just piano and bass - might make you dismiss this, but don't. The purity, complete honesty and sensitivity of these two musicians elevates the experience of this CD into something that is as affecting as great Bach. (And I know that's a big claim).

Admittedly, there is some sentimentality and for some the religious echoes may have the wrong connotations, but for me this is music that is life affirming and emotionally sustaining. I'm not religious, and I don't believe you have to be to appreciate and draw strength from this work. When I was in the middle of the most stressful time of my life, this CD - quite unexpectedly - kept me going.

However, probably for the same reasons that I find it so wonderfully affecting, some people won't enjoy this music. I've found that it can be the more conventionally religious don't seem to "get it". Perhaps this is explained by my feeling that this is not music about God, but music about humanity, reality, decency and hope.

I know this all sounds ludicrously pretentious, so let me just say this is superb, and I couldn't do without it.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2014 18:41:35 GMT
I really enjoyed your honest review and agree with your sentiments having listened to this uplifting session. Well done.

Posted on 4 Jan 2016 10:08:23 GMT
I too enjoy your pretty well done review. I have several lps and cds of Charlie Haden, but I still miss this one; needless to say, I have purchased it at once.
Many thanks!
Luigi (from Italy)
Ps: by the way, I am religious, but, as you say, music is great when it's about humanity: well said!
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