Friday, August 28, 2009

Pianist Maria Corley Records CD 'Of the Father's Love Begotten: A Contemplative Christmas'

["Of the Father's Love Begotten - A Contemplative Christmas"; Dr. Maria Corley, piano; Self-released (2009)]

Dr. Maria Corley is an instructor in the Music Department of Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. We have been following her career for the past five years, since she recorded works of H. Leslie Adams on Twelve Etudes; Maria Corley, piano; Albany Records Troy 639 (2004). On Dec. 25, 2008 AfriClassical posted a colorful account of her friendship with a Croatian pianist she had met on “Broad Street Review: 'My Croatian piano debut' by Maria Thomson Corley.”

Maria has recorded a new CD which she describes in a message to friends and at, where a complete track listing, audio sample and order information are available: “For years I’ve been thinking about recording some of my favorite Christmas carols. I’ve been especially touched by the experience of playing hymns and the peace and solemnity this music conveys. Especially now, with such stress everywhere, these Christmas songs remind us of what it really means to be at peace.

“Two of the arrangements are mine. The rest just touched me deeply. In all, there are 14 tracks on the CD, two with violin and two as vocals. The title, 'Of the Father’s Love Begotten – A Contemplative Christmas' is the message in this album, one full of the spirit of this special season. You all have experienced the spirituality of the hymns I have played for you and in church. I want to share this experience with a larger group of friends and with those who are seeking just such a contact with their inner selves.”

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