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album by Rick Wakeman

Piano Portraits

Release Date 13 Jan 2017
Released4 years ago
Performer Rick Wakeman
Piano Portraits
Piano Portraits
Steinway & Sons concert grand piano in high polish polyester finish, model D-274 (length: 274 cm / 107.9 in, width: 156 cm / 61.4 in, weight: approx. 480 kg / 1056 lb).

About Piano Portraits

Piano Portraits is a studio album by English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released on 13 January 2017 on Universal Music Group. The album was made following the positive reception to Wakeman's live radio performance of his piano arrangement of "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie following the singer's death in January 2016, and a subsequent single of the track released in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support released in 2016. After Wakeman received offers from several music labels to produce an album of piano arrangements, he chose Universal and chose songs that were his favourites, he played on as a session musician and as a member of Yes, classical music pieces, and original material. Piano Portraits was first released on CD and as a digital download. A double vinyl followed on 3 February 2017. Upon release, the album reached number 6 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Wakeman's highest charting album in the UK since 1975. Wakeman will support the album with a tour of the UK from May to November 2017. In June 2017, Piano Portraits was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry for 60,000 copies sold.

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