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Choral Hymns of the Christian Faith

Notes & Reviews:

Over the last two centuries and in today's churches, hymns may be referred to as songs, prayers, or even spirituals, but the need for them remains the same. These pieces are written as instruments of praise and worship to God, as prayers in time of need, and as reflections in expression of joy, sorrow, or thanksgiving. On this recording, there are inspirational words written to a Gaelic melody of unknown date and origin ("Morning Has Broken"), a song written by a grieving father after the loss of all five of his children to tragedy ("It Is Well With My Soul"), and a hymn assembled gradually by three people over 150 years in three countries ("Be Still My Soul"). The words and melodies may mean something different to everyone who sings them, but the intention of them has been the same for hundred of years - to worship, praise, and thank God.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jenny Thomas, Alana Griffith, Elaine Bailey-Fryd, Monica Coombs (alto); Chris Myrick, Omen Safavi, Destin Weishaar, Nathan Rodriguez, Nate Dickerson (tenor); Polly Brecht (piano, organ).

Recording information: First Lutheran Church, Nashville, TN (12/2011).


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