Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Review -- SARAH HAGEN -- Glass House Dancing

Sarah Hagen
Admittedly I do not review a lot of classical music, so it’s a treat when a disk does come across the desk.
Some readers may wonder if classical is my type of music. Interestingly, I often chose baroque as an inspiration when writing fiction, so yes I appreciate the genre.
Listening to Sarah Hagen actually makes listening to classical something most music fans will enjoy. She is a pianist, and on this CD at least, she has chosen music that is classical, but with a sort of light, airy appeal. I loved Song Without Words for that affect.
Hagen’s website explains she “is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician, performing in concerts across Canada as well as in the United States, France, Italy, Germany and Sweden. She currently makes her home and studio in a beach front cottage in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island. In 2006 she was named the Comox Valley's Cultural Ambassador of the Year.”
However Glass House Dancing is her first solo CD.
It is a debut which should garner Hagen new fans for both herself, and for classical piano. The disk was nominated for Outstanding Classical Performance at the 2009 Western Canada Music Awards, and deservedly so.
A great way to acquire a taste for classical would be to enjoy Glass House Dancing. Check it out at www.sarahhagen.com

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 30, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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