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Scearce: The 99 Beautiful Names of God / John Cheek

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>Scearce, J. Mark : The 99 Beautiful Names of God, for piano
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The 99 Beautiful Names of God are the names by which Muslims regard God. Composer J. Mark Scearce was inspired to interpret these names into music from a desire to heal. He created '99 Beautiful Names' in order to help a pianist friend, ill from cancer, by giving her a set of small pieces that she could play to bring her back to her instrument and through it, back to health. Pianist John Cheek comments that "Mark's nobilissima visione for solo piano aims to heal and give the listener some soul time: Intimate, respectful ruminations on the Godhead or visions of Almighty Power."

"A lofty idea imaginatively realized. J Mark Scearce's 99 Names of God is a set of piano miniatures inspired by the Prophet Mohammed's teaching: "The Most High God has 99 names and whoever enumerates them will enter into paradise"...There is thus a kind of no-fuss inspirational quality about these tiny but poetic meditations. Predominantly lyrical and beautifully written for the instrument (listen to the bell-like pedal in 82), they vary in style and textureJohn Cheek plays these 99 pieces (each a separate track) with precision, sensitivity, and vivid color. This is a serious engagement with Islamic culture - something all too rare in classical Western music." - American Record Guide



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>Scearce, J. Mark : The 99 Beautiful Names of God, for piano
  • Performer: John Cheek (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary