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Craig Armstrong's musical talents know no bounds, whether composing classical pieces, writing film scores, recording his own solo albums or collaborating with the likes of Madonna; it is all simply music. After studying at the Royal Academy of music & winning "Young Jazz Musician of The Year" at an early age. Craig has managed to work on some of the most high profile projects of recent times, be that in composition or collaboration. His most notable film scores include Baz Luhrmanns "Romeo & Juliet" for which he won a Bafta as well as an Ivor Novello, "Moulin Rouge" for which he again won an Ivor Novello & more recently he composed the score for "Love Actually." o In the world of popular music he has become one of the world's most sought composers & arrangers having worked with such diverse acts as U2, Massive Attack & the Spice Girls. The album features 19 beautifully crafted piano pieces & also includes two tracks he wrote with Massive Attack, "Heatmiser 2" & "Weather Storm" as well as "Satine's Theme" from Moulin Rouge & "Morning Breaks" from Romeo & Juliet.

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"A very delicate and atmospheric collection, it successfully bridges classical with mainstream music." -- Music Week

"The Chief delight here...his tunes reclaim their purity and poignancy, as well as incorporating successful incursions by ambient electronica." -- The Month

"This is beautiful and other-worldly stuff." -- Daily Express

Craig’s original compositions evoke story and are like soundtracks to films not yet made. -- Baz Luhrmann

More than a chillout album or a simple mood piece, it’s a concert work for you living room." -- Film Score Monthly

1. In My Own Words
2. Heatmiser 2
3. Hidden
4. Gentle Piece
5. Weather Storm
6. Diffuse
7. Leaving Paris
8. Fugue
9. Theme From Orphans
10. 1st Waltz
11. Satine's Theme
12. Morning Breaks
13. Laura's Theme
14. Glasgow Love Theme
15. Delay
16. Hymn 3
17. Angelina
18. Childhood 2
19. Sunrise

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B0002L57R8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bubbles on January 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've loved Craig Armstrong's work all the way back to 1999 when I heard "This Love" on the Cruel Intentions soundtrack (an amazing album btw as well). I purchased "Space Between Us" and have been enamored with it ever since...I've bought two copies of my own and even have my mother hooked on his music. "As If to Nothing" was sort of a let-down for me because it just seemed to lack some of the elegance and ingenuity that made "Space Between Us" so very amazing.

When I found out that Mr. Armstrong was making another album but that it would be a pure piano album, I just about melted! Violin and piano are my two favorite instruments but since I play piano, I could not wait for this album. And it does not disappoint!

All the tracks standout in their own unique and new way, even some of the songs now being re-done without orchestrial accompaniment. However, a few tracks just take my breath away. "In My Own Words" is one of the most haunting and breathtaking piano compositions I've ever heard...brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it and this has become my favorite composition of his after "Laura's Theme" held that spot for so long. "Weather Storm" sounds just like falling rain during a thunderstorm as it opens and it just continues to have that "flow" to it throughout the song...spectacular. "Leaving Paris"...WOW! What can I say about this song?? It is tied with "In My Own Words" for being my favorite composition by Mr. Armstrong. The emotion you can feel coming from the piano and the composition is beautiful. And "Morning Breaks"...who can truly forget this piece of work as it played in Romeo + Juliet (at the time I didn't know who did the song).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Kabzinski on January 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Craig Armstrong on Quiet music which plays in my area on Sunday mornings. While I was only able to hear pieces of the album before purchase, it was one of my best. The music is haunting and beautiful. Wonderful to listen to while driving. I intend to purchase more of this man's music.
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Craig Armstrong, who's lent his melodic sensibilities to soundtracks and trip-hop bands alike, strips several of his compositions down to their core -- a simple piano tune. But to call them simple understates how powerful they can be. "In My Own Words," for instance, packs in plenty of melancholy in a running time of under three minutes. To be truthful, several of the tracks have been electronically rendered -- the reverb on "Hidden" or the sudden cuts on "Gentle Piece," for example -- but that doesn't negate the essence of the instrument (the liner notes insist that all the sounds originated from the piano, which makes you wonder how he extracted the lovely resonances on "Diffuse" or the sprightly plucks on "Fugue"). It's not an album that fully commands your attention, but then again, I don't think that was the intent. This is an album for Sundays, for when you want the space to hear yourself think.
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By William Winner on February 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Craig Armstrong, unknowingly. One of my favorite soundtracks of all time is Mouling Rouge in which Armstrong contributes to some of my favorite pieces on the soundtrack. But, it wasn't until the Love Actually soundtrack that I realized who he was. His piano pieces on this album are what made some of the scenes as powerfully emotional and stirring as they were.

This CD is one of my favorites. His melodies are haunting. You can at once feel the emotion in every piece. For a hopeless romantic as myself, these pieces emote everything that I feel at all times throughout the day. Everyone should purchase this CD and experience Craig Armstrong.
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By Philly Groove on October 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just got this after hearing a cut on my favorite radio station.
Glad that I bought it....great for doing yoga, relaxing, mellowing out.
Beautiful sounds with just the piano.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. York on October 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Hauntingly beautiful. Great production/recording values. Reminiscent of Keith Jarrett. Very talented young man.
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