Muriel Anderson,
Arioso from Paris
(CGD, 1992;
rereleased, 1999)

Arioso from Paris is an enchanting album for anyone who appreciates guitar music. Muriel Anderson is a renowned guitarist and composer whose skills span a number of accepted styles -- she studied under both classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening and the legendary Chet Atkins, and she was the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championships (USA 1989). Equally accomplished whether playing her Parisian inspired compositions, a tune from Mark Knopfler (another Atkins pupil) or a Japanese piece, she presents a delightful musical buffet to relax and recharge your senses.

This CD is perfect for anyone who does not like to be restricted in their musical tastes; Muriel has combined her love of bluegrass, country, classical, flamenco, folk and modern music into a richly rewarding listening experience. Jean-Felix Lalanne, with whom she has made a CD titled Duet, plays guitar with her on "Arioso" and "Read My Heart to Me," and Atkins adds his unique touch to the gently uplifting "To B or Not to B."

Muriel is undoubtedly an extremely talented guitarist and this album is flawless; a verdant oasis of tranquillity in the arid and windswept desert of things-to-do and places-to-be and people-to-see! Put your feet up, switch of the phone and treat yourself to a listening luxury. Take heart too, if this CD leaves you, like me, wanting to hear more; there are another six CDs currently available from this exceptionally gifted lady.

- Rambles
written by Jenny Ivor
published 15 March 2003

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