Joyful: Piano Duets of Gérald Caussé and Nicolas Giusti

Nicolas Giusti is an acclaimed Italian composer and opera conductor from Rome. He met Gérald Caussé, an accomplished pianist and native of Bordeaux, France ten years ago.

They became fast friends and bonded over their love of playing the piano and their shared faith. For this album, Nicolas composed five piano duet arrangements of classic hymns with the purpose of sharing the joy of the gospel.

He turns the traditionally somber meditation "Where Can I Turn for Peace?" into a surprisingly joyful celebration, and his treatment of classic hymns like "I Need Thee Every Hour" and "God Be with You Till We Meet Again" are unforgettable beautiful exchanges between two incredibly talented pianists.

The album is rounded out with a virtuosic solo rendition of "Because I Have Been Given Much" by Nicolas Giusti. The level of talent on this album is truly magnificent, but what stands out most is the overwhelming feeling of joy that pours out from every note.

Sarah Higley