Sounds of Europe

Jim Falbo

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"Sounds of Europe" has a little something for every music lover. The album is divided up into six different categories according to the music from each respective country. The sounds of Italy are pronounced in "O Sole Mio" a favorite from the region. A transcription of Puccini's "Musetta's Waltz" from the Opera La Boheme has all the charm one could expect when visiting the land of Italy. Two Eric Satie pieces represent early minimalism and the country of France with it's majestic beauty. Germany has been the birthplace of many of the most popular composers and Included on this album are works by Bach, Schubert, Brahms, Schumann and Mozart. The transcription of Schubert's "Serenade" is an example of a work of profound beauty and expert music craftsmanship. Works from Britain include Edgar Elgar's "Salut d' Amour" and Stanley Myer's "Cavatina," a piece featured predominantly in the 1970's movie the Deer Hunter. Rounding out this diverse album are works from Spain including two popular Francisco Tarrega pieces and the touching "Dedicatoria" by Enrique Granados.

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